The 2011 Strings Music Festival summer season opens July 1 with a Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra performance featuring Grammy-winning jazz trumpeter Wynton Marsalis.
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Tickets for Strings Music Festival’s 24th season go on sale at 9 a.m. April 4. Call 970-879-5056, ext. 105, or visit www.stringsmusicfestival.com. The season includes more than 50 concerts, performances and other events from June 28 to Aug. 27.
June 28: Youth and Family Concert Series begins weekly Tuesday performances with high-energy drummers Street Beat
July 1: Opening Night with Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, featuring Grammy-winning jazz trumpeter Wynton Marsalis
July 3: Brent Rowan and Friends
July 8: Opening night for classical music season created by music directors Andrés Cárdenes and Monique Mead.
July 15: Country artist Marty Stuart
July 17: Second annual free community matinee, featuring soprano Jessica Tivens, marimba player Simon Boyar and pianist Alpin Hong
July 22: Grammy-winning soul singer India.Arie and Israeli artist Idan Raichel
Aug. 5: Jazz pianist Michael Kaeshammer, with his sextet
Aug. 9: Youth and Family Concert Series with Grammy-winner Bill Harley
Aug. 10: Classical concert, “Picture Perfect: Music from the Movies”
Aug. 13: Classical Grand Finale
Steamboat Springs When asked about highlights of the 2011 Strings Music Festival’s summer season, Executive Director Kay Clagett started with its very first show.
“I think opening on July 1 with Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra and Wynton Marsalis is a major coup — he’s never been here before,” Clagett said Monday, noting the Strings Music Pavilion’s 550-seat capacity. “Wynton generally performs in 3,000-seat venues. … This is a wonderful thing for Strings and the community. We’re very excited to begin our season with that.”
The 2011 Strings Music Festival, its 24th season, features an array of musical styles and, in addition to Marsalis, a constellation of stars including Grammy-winning soul singer India.Arie, country singer Marty Stuart and the return of jazz pianist Michael Kaeshammer and his sextet.
“The energy of his show is something you’ve got to see to believe,” Clagett said about Kaeshammer.
She called Stuart “one of the foundations of country music.” The Mississippi-born, mullet-sporting, “Marty Party” artist has toured with Bob Dylan and played on albums by Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings, Neil Young and others. He launched a successful solo career in the ’90s. Stuart also has toured with Johnny Cash and was married to Cash’s daughter, Cindy, for five years in the ’80s.
Stuart brings his country and rockabilly blend to the Strings Music Pavilion on July 15.
Clagett said India.Arie’s July 22 show is part of a regional tour swing for the soul singer. She’ll be joined by Israeli artist Idan Raichel, who Clagett says is focusing on African rhythms and cross-cultural collaborations.
This year’s summer lineup also includes the second annual free community matinee, an event that drew nearly 1,000 people to the Strings Music Pavilion — inside and outside, with many attendees on blankets and lawn chairs on the grass — last summer. The July 17 matinee features soprano Jessica Tivens, marimba player Simon Boyar and pianist Alpin Hong, accompanied by Strings music directors Andrés Cárdenes and Monique Mead.
“It’s going to be another wonderful season, full of variety for all ages,” Clagett said about the summer festival.
Tickets for summer events go on sale at 9 a.m. April 4 online at www.stringsmusicfestival.com or by calling 970-879-5056, ext. 105.
This week, Strings is presenting the U.S. Army Jazz Ambassadors of Washington, D.C., in a free show at 6 p.m. Thursday at Strings Music Pavilion. Steamboat Springs High School Concert Band members will join the Jazz Ambassadors on stage for an encore.
Tickets are required for admission to the free show. Call the box office at 970-879-5056, ext. 105.