Steamboat Symphony Orchestra to give early winter concert

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What: Steamboat Symphony Orchestra concert featuring a cello choir, string ensemble and guitarist Steve Boynton. Ernest Richardson conducts.

When: 7 p.m. Wednesday

Where: Steamboat Springs Community Center

Cost: $5 per person, $10 for families, and seniors are free

— The Steamboat Symphony Orchestra will reach out to community musicians Wednesday night when many of its principal players sit down with emerging talents for an early winter concert.

The program includes four pieces performed by the Steam­boat Cello Choir and five by the Steamboat String Ensemble.

Bruce Dean, a Symphony Orchestra member who leads the Cello Choir, said the concert is a motivator for musicians ranging from dedicated high school-age musicians to adults who picked up the cello as their first instrument.

“It’s a chance for them to show their friends what crazy things they’ve been doing in their secret lives,” Dean said. “It gives them something to push them, instead of sitting in their living rooms playing Bach sonatas to themselves. And it’s just great to hear a bunch of cellos harmonize.”

One of the highlights promises to come when local guitarist Steve Boynton sits down with the 29 members of the string ensemble — including 13 violinists and a pair of flautists — to perform Antonin Vivaldi’s concerto in D. Major for Guitar, Op. 59.

Conductor Ernest Richard­son said the community musicians have been practicing for the concert all fall and the collaboration helps to fulfill the orchestra’s educational outreach mission to the community.

“It’s exciting to me how many people in the community are interested in performing music,” Richardson said.

He’s found that there is a corollary between the pursuit of excellence in sports and music.

People “in this community seem imbued with the pursuit of excellence,” Richardson said, “and it transfers easily to acquiring skills as a musician.”

Learning the language of music — in terms of building technique, grasping emotional content or reading a score — will enrich the experience of musicians at all levels, he added.

The audience will listen to a varied program including music by composers Edvard Grieg, William Boyce, Johannes Brahms and Susan H. Day.

— To reach Tom Ross, call 871-4205 or e-mail tross@steamboatpilot.com

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