Editor chooses 4 ‘best bets’ for weekend
Steamboat Springs — Here are my top four picks for events to add to your social calendar for the weekend of July 22, 23 and 24.
1) If you’re a fan of The Bard, you won’t want to miss the opportunity to watch students from Perry-Mansfield Performing Arts School and Camp’s pre-professional program perform Shakespeare’s “The Tempest” in the historic Julie Harris Theatre. According to Perry-Mansfield Executive Director Nancy Engelken, The Tempest’s “mix of magic, intrigue, romance and power struggles” will make for a very entertaining evening. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for youth 12 and younger. Visit perry-mansfield.org for more information.
Shakespeare’s “The Tempest” — Perry-Mansfield Performing Arts School and Camp — 8 p.m. July 22 and 23, Julia Harris Theatre, 40755 Routt County Road 36.
2) The works of 52 local and regional artists will be on display for one more week at the Steamboat Art Museum. The 2016 Plein Air Event exhibit is the culmination of an event held in early June, when artists traveled throughout Steamboat Springs and Routt County to paint on location. The beautiful works they created during that week capture the essence of the Yampa Valley and are now part of the exhibit, which closes July 30. The artwork is also offered for sale. Admission to the exhibit is free. Visit steamboatartmuseum.org for more information.
2016 Plein Air Event Exhibit — 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Tuesdays through Saturdays — Steamboat Art Museum, Lincoln Avenue and Eighth Street.
3) Take a trip back to the ‘80s with music by the BoDeans, who will perform Friday on the Steamboat stage in Gondola Square, with Mount Werner as a backdrop. For more than three decades, the BoDeans have been entertaining their loyal fans and new converts with high-energy live shows, and they’ve opened for the likes of Bob Dylan, David Bowie, Tom Petty and Paul Simon. Their newest single, “My Hometown,” was released June 17. Their new album, “The Way From Here,” is slated to drop in the fall. The concert is free, and we suggest arriving early to claim your spot close to the stage.
Steamboat Mountain Music presents the BoDeans — 7 p.m. Friday, July 22 — Gondola Square, 2305 Mount Werner Circle
4) Movies and music will collide Saturday during a special concert at Strings featuring the film music of John Williams, played by an ensemble of brass and percussion players who hail from some of the country’s top orchestras. According to Katie Carroll, Strings’ director of artistic education, Williams has given special permission to Strings to perform his music, including pieces from “Star Wars” and “Harry Potter.” He has also overseen the new arrangements created by Tim Higgins, principal trombone from the San Francisco Symphony. Higgins will be joined by 12 members of the National Brass Ensemble, and Grammy winner and conductor of the Pacific Symphony, Richard Kaufman, will be conducting. He will arrive in Steamboat for Saturday’s performance after conducting the live orchestra for the film premiere of the new Star Trek film at ComicCon. Tickets for the show start at $50; junior tickets, for age 6 to 18, are $5. Visit stringsmusicfestival.com for more information.
A Tribute to John Williams’ Movie and Olympic Music — 7 p.m. Saturday, July 23 — Strings Music Pavilion, 900 Strings Road
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Steamboat Free Summer Concerts announced Friday that it will return live music to the Yampa Valley this summer in the form of two concerts scheduled for August and September.