Cellist Sara Sant’Ambrogio performs Saturday and Sunday in Steamboat Springs. A Saturday Winter Soiree concert at Bud Werner Memorial Library is nearly sold out. Tickets are available for a community concert with the Steamboat Springs Orchestra at 3 p.m. Sunday at Steamboat Christian Center.

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Cellist Sara Sant’Ambrogio performs Saturday and Sunday in Steamboat Springs. A Saturday Winter Soiree concert at Bud Werner Memorial Library is nearly sold out. Tickets are available for a community concert with the Steamboat Springs Orchestra at 3 p.m. Sunday at Steamboat Christian Center.

Soiree, community shows to feature cellist Sara Sant’Ambrogio

Steamboat concerts rich with emotion

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If you go

What: Winter Soiree concert with Sara Sant’Ambrogio (cello) and Marie Carmichael (piano)

When: 5:30 p.m. Saturday

Where: Library Hall at Bud Werner Memorial Library

Cost: $125 includes music, food and drinks; tickets were very limited as of Tuesday

Call: 870-3223

What: “The Miracle of Sound,” orchestra concert featuring Sara Sant’Ambrogio (cello), John Sant’Ambrogio (cello), Teresa Steffen Greenlee (violin), Bonnie Murray (violin) and Patrick Williams (flute)

When: 3 p.m. Sunday

Where: Steamboat Christian Center

Cost: $20 in advance or $25 at the door; tickets are available in advance at All That Jazz, Off the Beaten Path Bookstore, the orchestra office at the Depot Art Center, by calling 870-3223 or online at www.steamboatorch...>

Call: 870-3223

In concert, Sara Sant’Am­brogio strives to share her love of music with the audience.

The solo cellist, Grammy nominee and Eroica Trio member makes sure everyone leaves with the emotions she wants to express and the feelings she wants to put forth.

“It’s one of those rare experiences where you get a whole community in the same room experiencing something together that is all about the human condition,” Sant’Ambrogio said. In tough times, that joyful experience can be cathartic, she added.

That’s the goal for two concerts featuring Sant’Ambrogio this weekend in Steamboat Springs. The musician, whose father John Sant’Ambrogio is a Steamboat resident and accomplished cellist, will perform mostly solo pieces during a Winter Soiree fundraiser concert Saturday. She’ll join the Steamboat Springs Orchestra for a community concert Sun­day.

The Winter Soiree fundraiser is a small concert highlighting selections from two of Sara Sant’Ambrogio’s recent solo CDs at 5:30 p.m. Saturday in Library Hall at Bud Werner Memorial Library. Tickets are $125 and include food and drinks; seating was very limited as of Tuesday afternoon.

At 3 p.m. Sunday at Steamboat Christian Center, Sara Sant’Ambrogio will be one of five featured soloists. Tickets to that show still are available, and are $20 in advance or $25 at the door.

The program features orchestra players John Sant’Ambrogio, Teresa Steffen Greenlee and Bonnie Murray on Corelli’s Concerto Grosso; former Steamboat Springs resident Patrick Williams on Bach’s Suite No. 2 for Flute in B Major; and Sara Sant’Ambrogio on Haydn’s Cello Concerto in D Major.

Steamboat Springs Orchestra Music Director Ernest Rich­ardson compared seeing Sant’Ambrogio play the Haydn concerto, one of her signature pieces, with watching top Olympic athletes compete.

“If you could see these people doing the thing they do the best, that is what hearing Sara do the D Major is like. It’s remarkable,” Richardson said. With playing that “has the ability to touch the human spirit,” Sant’Ambrogio had at least part of the SSO string section in tears during a 2009 performance here, said Greenlee, the orchestra concertmaster.

That ability comes from years of dedicated practice. It also comes from Sant’Ambrogio’s deep and earnest love of the music she plays — talking about her cello duet arrangement of a famed aria from Leo Delibes’ “Lakme,” Sant’Ambrogio des­cribed the music as “so beautiful it’s unbelievable.” She’ll play that piece with her father at the Winter Soiree on Saturday.

Sara Sant'Ambrogio performs Delibes

Since appearing in Steam­boat Springs for a Valentine Soiree with her father in February 2009, Sara Sant’­Ambrogio has released two CDs, toured extensively, collaborated with Chimney Rock Winery on a Bach CD project, and garnered a Grammy nomination for “An American Journey” with the Eroica Trio. Her son, Sebastian, recently started kindergarten.

— To reach Margaret Hair, call 871-4204

or e-mail mhair@steamboatpilot.com

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