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Elissa Greene: Kaeshammer brings bebop to Strings

Elissa Greene/For the Steamboat Today

Jazz pianist and singer Michael Kaeshammer will perform Thursday and Friday at Strings Music Pavilion.

— With five weeks left in the season, there still are plenty of opportunities to enjoy fabulous music at the Strings Music Pavilion.

Rani Arbo & Daisy Mayhem play two shows Tuesday. Tickets for each show, at 11 a.m. and 5:30 p.m., are $10 for adults and $1 for children. This quirky band has reinvented American roots music and promises a musical treat for all ages. Their newly released family CD, "Ranky Tanky," has reconfigured songs by Cat Stevens, John Gorka and Sheb Wooley, of "The Purple People Eater" fame.

On Wednesday, Strings presents the annual donors concert. The selections of the evening showcase the wide variety of the musical programming at Strings. One of Strings' favorite pianists, Wendy Chen, will accompany cellist Ron Thomas, violinists and Music Directors Andrés Cárdenes and Monique Mead. Chen also will perform solo pieces by Sergei Rachmaninoff, and the Meridian Quartet will perform works of Gershwin and Debussy. Mead is then joined by local students of violin teachers Mary Anne Fairlie and Teresa Steffen Greenlee to perform four short selections. Jazz pianist and singer Michael Kaeshammer will close the program with his signature boogie-woogie and bebop sound, a preview of Friday night's Different Tempo concert.

At 12:15 p.m. Thursday, local band Missed the Boat will perform its brand of rockin' folk bluegrass in a free concert at the Yampa River Botanic Park as part of the Music on the Green Series. These guys are hitting the big time, so come see them while they're here.

On Friday, Michael Kaeshammer returns to the stage for a solo performance. This Juno Award nominee is a triple threat of piano virtuosity, vocal ability and stage presence. His improvisational magic and great charisma will keep you entertained. If you like Harry Connick Jr. or Jamie Cullum, don't miss this show.

Saturday's performance features American composer Aaron Copland's Sonata for Violin and Piano, Johannes Brahms' String Sextet No. 1, and a special performance of Sueños de Sefarad (Sephardic Dreams), presented by composer-in-residence David Stock and performed by the Meridian Quartet. This performance is part of funding that Strings Music Festival received to present a commemorative series of music by influential Jewish-American composers, and we invite you to join us for this special concert.

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Check out our website, http://www.stringsmusicfestival.com, for concert details, or call the box office at 970-879-5056.