Strings Music Festival announces Steamboat summer schedule |

Strings Music Festival announces Steamboat summer schedule

Nicole Inglis

Singer-songwriter, composer and actor Lyle Lovett and His Large Band will close out the 2013 Strings Music Festival season Aug 18. Strings' 26th season opens June 29 and features classical, contemporary and collaborative music events.

— The 26th season of Strings Music Festival welcomes to Steamboat Springs this summer contemporary, classical and collaborative performing arts events featuring recognizable names like Kenny Loggins and Lyle Lovett alongside a host of young, up-and-coming acts, seasoned chamber musicians and local favorites.

The full lineup of musicians and events recently was announced, and tickets go on sale April 10. Tickets are available here and by calling 970-879-5056.

The summer season opens June 29 with a Different Tempo series show from Under the Streetlamp. The vocal quartet features men who've held lead roles in the musical "Jersey Boys," bringing the best of 1960s-style pop and Motown to life.

From that opening show, the Different Tempo series winds through myriad genres, from world music with Pink Martini to singer-songwriter folk tunes from Strings regular Brent Rowan & Friends.

Denver band Paper Bird makes its first appearance at Strings on July 20 as an up-and-coming neo-folk band with a gospel energy. It has been on tour with the Lumineers and performs the day after Kenny Loggins makes his Strings Music Pavilion debut.

"That's what I've always loved about booking the season," said Strings' Betse Grassby, director of operations and non-classical programming. "We've reached a new level as far as major artists. But I love the new ones. I love introducing these really new, great acts."

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On the classical side of Strings programming, the festival orchestra will be joined by famed chamber pianist Menahem Pressler on June 30, and Pressler performs solo July 3.

The quadrennial Van Cliburn International Piano Competition will culminate June 9, and whoever wins will be performing July 31.

Music from the Movies gets a historic touch this year as a pianist will perform live the score to a 22-minute compilation of tourism promotional movies about the West that were made before 1920.

The photographic slideshow collaborating with local artists set to “Appalachian Spring” gets an encore performance July 24, as well.

Perry-Mansfield Performing Arts School and Camp for the second year in a row will collaborate on a live dance piece featuring three tangos July 10.

The free Thursday Music on the Green series continues with several local acts including Old Town Pickers, Missed the Boat and Caliente, while the Youth and Family Series sees acts like Trout Fishing in America and the interactive Story Pirates.

Extending to fill All Arts Festival weekend for its final shows, Strings brings the "Love Letters" play to life with Katharine Ross (“Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid,” “The Graduate”) and actor Wilford Brimley, a poignant, nonmusical performance. Also new this year is a house party hosted by Verne Lundquist at a local home and featuring musician Christopher O'Reilly, host of NPR's "From the Top."

To reach Nicole Inglis, call 970-871-4204 or email

Summer schedule

May 9 and 10: Strings School Days, free

June 29: Under the Streetlamp, 8 p.m., $60

June 30: Opening Night Orchestra with Menahem Pressler, 7 p.m., $60

July 3: An Evening with Menahem Pressler, 7 p.m., $35

July 5: Pink Martini, 8 p.m., $60

July 6: Gypsies and Harp Strings, 8 p.m., $35

July 10: Perry-Mansfield and Shuffle.Play.Listen, 7 p.m., $36

July 12: Brent Rowan & Friends, 8 p.m., $45

July 13: Musical Friendships, 8 p.m., $29

July 17: David Deveau and Friends, 7 p.m., $32

July 19: Kenny Loggins, 8 p.m., $110

July 20: Paper Bird, 8 p.m., $26

July 24: Music from the Movies and “Appalachian Spring,” 8 p.m., $26

July 26: Kathy Mattea, 8 p.m., $48

July 27: Orchestra Finale, 8 p.m., $50

July 31: 2013 Cliburn Gold Medalist, 7 p.m, $40

Aug. 2: Solas, 8 p.m., $35

Aug. 3: Christiania Trio, 8 p.m. $32

Aug. 7: Sybarite5, The Shuffle Effect, 7 p.m. $32

Aug. 9:
Daniel Bernard Roumain, 8 p.m., $32

Aug. 10: Nnenna Freelon & Earl Klugh, 8 p.m., $52

Aug. 16: Love Letters with Katharine Ross and Wilford Brimley, 8 p.m., $32

Aug. 18: Lyle Lovett and His Large Band, 8 p.m., $130

Weekly events

Youth and Family Series: Tuesdays from June 25 to Aug. 6

Music on the Green: Thursdays from June 20 to Aug. 15 (not July 4)

For more information or to buy tickets, visit

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