Grammy award winning singer/songwriter Shawn Colvin visits the Strings Music Pavilion for the first time Friday.

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Grammy award winning singer/songwriter Shawn Colvin visits the Strings Music Pavilion for the first time Friday.

Elissa Greene: Rising stars highlight week at Strings

Grammy award winner Shawn Colvin also on tap for Week 3

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Elissa Greene

— Things are heating up during Week 3 of Strings Music Festival’s summer season, with performances by established and rising stars, including a multiple Grammy award winner, innovative composer/performers and prize-winning violinists and pianists.

On Friday, Shawn Colvin visits the Strings Music Pavilion for the first time. The three-time Grammy award winning singer/songwriter has sold more than 2.5 million records in the United States. Her 1996 hit, “Sunny Came Home,” was a top 10 hit and won Grammy awards for Record of the Year and Song of the Year. “Shawn Colvin Live,” her newest release, was nominated for Best Contemporary Folk Album.

I hope you got a chance to attend the free community matinee concert this past weekend. The stars of that concert, Simon Boyar, Alpin Hong and Jessica Tivens, will be back on stage at 11 a.m. Tuesday to perform “Music, Music Everywhere,” an original, lively and interactive youth concert featuring percussion, piano and voice.

The theme of classical music this week at Strings is Bright Stars. Don’t let the same concert name fool you — our classical weeks bring you two concerts as part of the same theme. Featured artists Wednesday and Saturday nights include three winners of impressive music awards. Marié Rossano, 17, won first prize in the 2010 Stradivarius International Violin Competition and was the national winner of the 2008 Music Teachers National Association Junior Strings Competition. Soovin Kim has been awarded the prestigious Borletti-Buitoni Trust Award and also has been the recipient of the Avery Fisher Career Grant, the Henryk Szeryng Foundation Career Award and first prize at the Paganini International Competition. Pianist Wendy Chen was the youngest winner of the National Chopin Competition in 1990 and debuted with the Los Angeles Philharmonic at age 15. Joining Rossano, Kim and Chen will be Strings favorites Mark Nuccio, Aloysia Friedmann and David Hardy.

On Wednesday, the virtuosic “Carmen Fantasie,” by Franz Waxman, highlights Rossano’s brilliant technical ability, and Astor Piazzolla’s tango-influenced “Oblivion” features Nuccio on clarinet. On Saturday, audiences will experience a wide-ranging program of chamber music, featuring composers Montiel, Prokofiev, Piazzolla and capped by Brahms’ expansive second string quintet.

Watch for the next two themed weeks, Chamber Masterwork” and Modern Storytelling and upcoming performances by Mark Masri and Michael Kaeshammer.

Elissa Greene is the director of Artistic Administration, Education and Technology at Strings Music Festival. She can be reached at elissa@stringsmusicfestival.com or at 970-879-5056, ext. 100.

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