Nederland band Elephant Revival opens Strings Music Festival's winter concert series Nov. 10.

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Nederland band Elephant Revival opens Strings Music Festival's winter concert series Nov. 10.

Steamboat's Strings Music Festival announces winter schedule

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— The winter concert schedule for the Strings Music Festival has been announced and features a distinctly holiday vibe.

Strings Music Festival winter schedule

Nov. 10: Elephant Revival, 7 p.m.

Dec. 23: The Nutcracker, 5 p.m.

Dec. 29: Broadway Holiday, 7 p.m.

Feb. 14: Darrell Scott and Tim O’Brien, 7:30 p.m.

Feb. 28: Key Concert Fundraiser, 6 p.m.

March 4: Dirty Dozen Brass Band, 7 p.m.

March 18: Eileen Ivers and Immigrant Soul, 7 p.m.

Of the seven announced shows, six celebrate a holiday.

The lone concert without a holiday tie is the fall locals appreciation Elephant Revival show Nov. 10. Tickets for that show are on sale starting at $25. Tickets for students are available for $20.

“They appeal to that demographic,” Strings Marketing Director Cristin Frey said. “But even older people will appreciate them because they are really talented.”

The rest of tickets for the winter season go on sale Nov. 15. People who donate $500 can get a code to begin purchasing tickets Nov. 1.

Other concerts include The Nutcracker on Dec. 23, Broadway Holiday on Dec. 29, Darrell Scott and Tim O’Brien on Feb. 14, Key Concert Fundraiser on Feb. 28, Dirty Dozen Brass Band on March 4 and Eileen Ivers and Immigrant Soul on March 18.

The Nutcracker is a children’s puppet show with tickets starting at $3.

Broadway Holiday will be a collection of Broadway hits from musicals such as "West Side Story," "Jersey Boys" and "Wicked" with a twist of holiday music.

“It will definitely have that Broadway musical feel,” Frey said.

To celebrate Valentine’s Day, Strings will welcome two bluegrass and country legends in Darrell Scott and Tim O’Brien.

O’Brien is a Grammy Award winner, and Scott’s songwriting and mandolin abilities have garnered him international recognition.

The duo's 2013 album reached No. 2 on the U.S. bluegrass charts.

On Feb. 28, the venue will be altered a bit for the Key Concert Fundraiser. Strings recently purchased a new concert piano, and the fundraiser will mark the first time it has been played. The piano will be set up in the middle of the pavilion and feature 24-year-old pianist Sean Chen, who recently won the American Pianists Association's DeHaan Classical Fellowship, one of the most lucrative and significant prizes available to an American pianist. He also became the first American since 1997 to reach the finals of the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, finishing third.

Chen will play a concert in the middle of the pavilion while concertgoers enjoy a three-course dinner.

The final two concerts, the Dirty Dozen Brass Band and Eileen Ivers and Immigrant Soul, will have more of a fun feel.

The Brass Band’s March 4 concert will celebrate Fat Tuesday. At that concert, the railings in the back will be taken out to create an environment for dancing.

Eileen Ivers, the daughter of Irish-born parents, will celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with her top-notch violin skills.

“We’re trying to get everyone to Strings,” Frey said. “Winter is a great time to cater to locals and give people what they want.”

For a complete music schedule, bios or to purchase tickets, click here.

To reach Luke Graham, call 970-871-4229, email lgraham@SteamboatToday.com or follow him on Twitter @LukeGraham

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