Strings Music Festival enters its 28th season |

Strings Music Festival enters its 28th season

— Encompassing a wide range of musical tastes, the Strings Music Festival will reverberate with a lineup full of jazz legends, country stars, Grammy winners and principal players from all over the country.

Now in its 28th season, festival has released its full lineup of performances and events.

“It’s definitely going to be a big year for us,” said Cristin Frey. “We try to keep if different and have something for everyone in Steamboat with this much variety.”

Kicking off the season will be the charismatic jazz R&B group, the California Honeydrops on June 20. Last year, the group was a popular commodity with its conga-line and dance party. Other illustrious acts include the big band jazz group Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, the dynamic bluegrass band Trout Steak Revival, pop favorites Exile and Juice Newton and Grammy winning jazz trumpeter Chris Botti. Strings will also welcome the multi-platinum country music group, Lonestar, in addition to Country Music Hall of Famer Vince Gill.

Under the direction of new Music Director Michael Sachs, the classical season will introduce principal players and concertmasters from leading orchestras across the nation, such as the Cleveland Orchestra, the Houston Symphony and the New York Philharmonic, along with many others. A few of the soloists in the lineup include a harp-guitar duo with Yolanda Kondonassis and 2015 Grammy winner Jason Vieau on Aug. 5. Others include Mark Nuccio on clarinet with the Strings Festival Orchestra, Medalist Olga Kern and Cleveland Orchestra’s Michael Sachs on the conductor’s podium and as a soloist.

For the first time in Strings Music Festival history, not one or two, but five Steinway pianos will be set on stage at one time for the group of siblings known as the 5 Browns to perform on July 11. The siblings attended New York’s Juilliard School and were the first family of five ever accepted at the school simultaneously.

“I wanted to get a broad representation of the strong players throughout the country,” Sachs said about the classical season. “There will be more contemporary music that is also very accessible and audience-friendly. I wanted to try and bring a wide range of tuneful, fun music that would not only meet a variety of different views on classical music, but also be entertaining across the board.”

The season will also include a collaboration of chamber music and dance with the help of faculty and dancers from the Perry-Mansfeild performing arts school and camp on July 5.

Incorporating a unique twist, the one-man musical play, “My Sinatra,” will add theatrical variety into the season on July 18 with Cary Hoffman. On July 13, “Goodnight Gracie,” a theatrical performance that was nominated for a Tony Award for Best Play will feature an actor playing George Burns for a hilarious, heart-warming evening.

The Music on the Green lineup will also have an infusion of musical styles with the Alphabet Rockers, Trout Fishing in America and Fara Tolno & Kissidugu.

Tickets went on sale April 14 and are available online here or by calling 970-879-5056.

To reach Audrey Dwyer, call 970-871-4229, email or follow her on Twitter @Audrey_Dwyer1

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