The MASS Ensemble combines music, sculpture and movement in an eclectic act that includes innovative instruments like the Earth Harp, shown here. The group opens Strings Music Festival’s Different Tempo series June 30.

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The MASS Ensemble combines music, sculpture and movement in an eclectic act that includes innovative instruments like the Earth Harp, shown here. The group opens Strings Music Festival’s Different Tempo series June 30.

Strings announces 25th anniversary lineup

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2012 Strings Music Festival schedule

June 23: Opening night orchestra, $60
June 26: Youth concert/family concert with The Gizmo Guys, $10
June 27: Baroque, Tangos and Jazz, $28
June 28: Music on the Green with the Tesla Quartet, free, Yampa River Botanic Park
June 30: MASS Ensemble with Earth Harp, $55
July 1: Free community day with live, interactive music
July 3: Alison Brown Quartet, $35 (youth concert also July 3 is $10)
July 5: Music on the Green with the Tesla Quartet, free, Yampa River Botanic Park
July 6: Brent Rowan & Friends, $43
July 7: Dance & Camaraderie with Perry-Mansfield dancers, $36
July 10: Youth concert with Beethoven’s Wig, $10
July 11: European Romance, $28
July 12: Music on the Green with the Tesla Quartet, free, Yampa River Botanic Park
July 13: Paul Thorn Band, $33
July 14: Opus 25, $40
July 17: Youth concert/family concert with Fara Tolno and Kissidugu, $10
July 18: Chee-Yun & Friends, $30
July 19: Music on the Green with the Tesla Quartet, free, Yampa River Botanic Park
July 20: Lee Ann Womack, $110
July 21: Sister Sparrow and the Dirty Birds, $25
July 24: Youth concert/family concert with Billy Jonas Band, $10
July 25: Jon Nakamatsu, $40
July 26: Music on the Green with Trevor G. Potter and Walt Seabert, free, Yampa River Botanic Park
July 27: Chris Botti, $110
July 28: Appalachian Spring with local artists, $25
July 31: Youth concert with Farmer Jason, $10
August 1: Orchestral Music from the Movies with Steamboat youth musicians, $46
August 2: Music on the Green with the Old Town Pickers, free, Yampa River Botanic Park
August 3: k.d. lang and the Siss Boom Bang, $110
August 4: Chopin with Wendy Chen, $50
August 7: Youth concert with The Not-Its!, $10
August 9: Music on the Green with Steve Boynton Trio, free, Yampa River Botanic Park
August 10: Johnny Clegg, $42
August 16: Music on the Green with Jon Gibbs and Randy Kelley, free, Yampa River Botanic Park
August 17: Asleep at the Wheel, $46

Concerts are at Strings Music Pavilion unless otherwise noted. Prices listed are for adult tickets. For more information, visit www.stringsmusicfestival.org.

— Summer is usually a distant thought in the middle of March, but with temperatures nearing the 70 degree mark, it feels like the Strings Music Festival could start next week.

A quick look at the calendar puts the Strings opening night orchestra three months away, but the annual music festival announced its full lineup this week and tickets go on sale April 4.

Strings Executive Director Kay Clagett said this year’s lineup is just as special as the festival’s 25th anniversary season warrants.

“It’s going to be a great summer of music,” she said. “It’s hard to believe that 25 years have gone by so quickly.”

The Different Tempo series offers up some big names this year, like newcomers k.d. lang and country starlet Lee Ann Womack.

Opening Different Tempo on June 30 is the MASS Ensemble, which combines music, dance, architecture and sculpture with visually enticing soundscapes. The ensemble will bring the Earth Harp — the world’s largest harp — and a variety of musical styles and unorthodox instruments.

Some favorites are returning — like Brent Rowan and Friends and Alison Brown Quartet — and some new faces are emerging, as well.

Johnny Clegg is new to Strings Music Festival, and so is world-renowned cellist Gary Hoffman.

“We’ve tried to do some special concerts and some unique events and make it a really must-do season for everyone in the community,” Clagett said.

To give back to the community that has long supported the festival, three Heritage Concerts will feature collaborations with local photographers, dancers from Perry-Mansfield Performing Arts School and Camp and local youth musicians.

There will be a free community day of music and a series of free outdoor Music on the Green concerts also featuring some local musicians.

“We have a big summer to celebrate,” Clagett said.

To reach Nicole Inglis, call 970-871-4204 or email ninglis@ExploreSteamboat.com

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