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Friends and Family Concert and Gala event to benefit Steamboat Springs Center for Visual Arts

Local musician, John Sant’Ambrogio will be featured with his daughter, Sara, at the “Dazzling Duos” Friends and Family Concert and Gala Wednesday evening.
John F. Russell

If You Go...

What: “Dazzling Duos” Friends and Family Concert and Gala Event benefiting the Steamboat Springs Center for Visual Arts

When: 5 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 30

Where: Chief Theater, 813 Lincoln Ave.





Local musician, John Sant’Ambrogio will be featured with his daughter, Sara, at the “Dazzling Duos” Friends and Family Concert and Gala Wednesday evening.
John F. Russell

— It will be a night of duos, collaboration and art at the “Dazzling Duos” Friends and Family Concert and Gala next week.

Featuring cellists Sara and John Sant’Ambrogio, along with Paul and Michael Chou, Sebastian Miller and harpsichordists Laurie Edwards and Andy Schaffner, the concert will span timeless ballads from the baroque, classical and romantic periods of music.

If You Go…

What: “Dazzling Duos” Friends and Family Concert and Gala Event benefiting the Steamboat Springs Center for Visual Arts



When: 5 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 30

Where: Chief Theater, 813 Lincoln Ave.



Cellist Sara Sant’Ambrogio will perform at the “Dazzling Duos” Friends and Family Concert and Gala on Wednesday, benefiting the Steamboat Springs Center for Visual Arts.

On Wednesday, these world-renowned musicians will perform to benefit the Steamboat Springs Center for Visual Arts with two concerts at the Chief Theater. The first will begin at 5 p.m. and the second — in conjunction with the gala reception, which will include catered food, wine pairings and art sale — begins at 6:30 p.m.

In addition to the music, the event will feature local artist Julia Dordoni, who will create a painting live at the fundraiser gala. Dordoni’s painting will be an impression of the event, driven by the live inspiration of music.

“Attendees will get to see how this art is produced and what it takes to be creative and what it takes to make something that comes from your soul,” said Linda Laughlin, executive director for the Center for Visual Arts.

This year marks the first time the Center for Visual Arts — a local nonprofit organization and community art center that features more than 30 local artist members — will incorporate music for the annual art fundraiser gala.

Over the Fourth of July weekend, when the Center for Visual Arts invited dancers from Perry-Mansfield Performing Arts School and Camp for a First Friday Artwalk Exhibit, Laughlin was inspired by the collaboration of performance and visual arts.

“It was the first time that I really realized that all of the arts really could collaborate if you get creative with it,” said Laughlin, who founded the Center for Visual Arts in 2009. “The combination of having the music and art together exposes those who follow John and his music to our art — and vice-versa — to broaden their audience and ours.”

The Friends and Family Series started at the Chief through the efforts of Sant’Ambrogio as a way to make classical music more accessible at smaller, more intimate venues such as the Chief Theater.

“Combining the arts in this way, I think, is so important,” Sant’Ambrogio said. “It’s what I’ve been fighting for. And one of the big things of this event is that everyone is working together.”

But the event is more than just a collaboration of art and music.

“We will have a grandfather, daughter, father, son and grandson all performing duos,” Sant’Ambrogio said. “All of us will be playing together in some way, and that takes tremendous collaboration for us to do these duos together.”

Tickets for the 5 p.m. concert are $20 for adults and $5 for those 18 and younger. The combined concert and gala tickets are $50.

Tickets will be sold at the door for both concerts if they are not sold out before Wednesday. To purchase advance tickets, visit the Center for Visual Arts at 837 Lincoln Ave. or steamboatartcenter.com.

“I just think that we need to keep reminding ourselves that we have a lot of giving people who put a lot of effort into bringing great culture here,” Laughlin said.

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


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