Strings announces 2016 lineup |

Strings announces 2016 lineup

Known for their mix of classic pop, swing, traditional jazz, Motown and old-school harmonies Lake Street Dive has swiftly fostered a following across the country. Comprised of members Rachel Price, Mike "McDuck" Olson, Bridget Kearney and Mike Calabrese.
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— Although it’s hard to believe summer will soon be here, the Strings Music Pavilion is gearing up for a summer of country legends, jazz greats, Grammy Award-winners and highly recognized principal players from across the country.

The Strings opening night orchestra performance is only three months away, and Strings recently released its 2016 lineup just in time for ticket sales, which begin April 12. Presale tickets for donors of $500 or more and subscribers will be available March 29.

For its 29th season, Strings’ eight-week timeline will feature music from the Different Tempo series, ranging from Boz Scaggs, with his full band, country icon Clint Black, blues favorite Keb’ Mo,’ guitarist Tommy Emmanuel and violinist Lucia Micarelli and Americana-country singer songwriter Eilen Jewell.

In addition, crowds may not be able to resist the temptation to dance when country swing band Asleep at the Wheel and Cherry Poppin’ Daddies take the stage.

Rounding out the Different Tempo season will be the up-and-coming jazz/rock band Lake Street Dive, which has been selling out shows across the country and was featured on the Colbert Show, David Letterman and NPR’s Tiny Desk Series. Comprised of classically trained musicians from the New England Conservatory, the band features a mix of classic pop, swing, traditional jazz, Motown and old-school harmonies.

“We strive to have a diverse lineup,” said Steve Chambers, Different Tempo series program coordinator. “When booking, I am conscious to book not just bands I know are good, but who will sound good in our space.”

Music Director Michael Sachs will be returning for his second year and bringing along some of the nation’s best classical musicians.

The 2016 classical season features eight concert masters and 41 principal players from 25 major orchestras with national and international acclaim.

“Our goal is to introduce Different Tempo audiences to more classical music and then to also introduce those classical music audiences to the Different Tempo music,” said Cristin Frey, advertising and marketing director for Strings. “I think we’ve done that with this year’s lineup. There is something for everyone, because it has a mix of everything.”

Featured acts include soprano Ellie Dehn, accompanied by members of the New York Philharmonic, the Cleveland Orchestra and the Los Angeles Philharmonic for an evening of baroque chamber music. Soloists include world-renowned violinist Chee-Yun with the Strings Festival Orchestra; Van Cliburn International Piano Competition Silver Medalist Joyce Yang; cimbalom virtuoso Chester Englander performing with pianist Wendy Chen; and the Cleveland Orchestra’s principal trumpet, Michael Sachs, who will both conduct and perform as a soloist.

Another exciting addition of the classical series will be the performance of “A Tribute to John Williams’ Movie and Olympic Music,” in which 14 members of the National Brass Ensemble will premiere new transcriptions of Williams’ most beloved film and Olympic music for brass and percussion. The performance will be conducted by Richard Kaufman.

“John Williams has agreed to let us rearrange some of his movie scores — known for music in films like Star Wars, Jaws and ET — to be performed by brass players instead of a full orchestra,” Frey said. “It’s a really big deal that we are able to have this kind of performance.”

In July, Los Angeles Philharmonic Concertmaster Martin Chalifour will lead concerts that will encompass French and Romantic chamber music with players from the L.A. Philharmonic and the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra. Also in July, “The Gold Rush,” a film by Charlie Chaplin, will show on the big screen with a vaudeville orchestra led by conductor Mark Gould and L.A. Philharmonic violinist Vijay Gupta.

In addition to the two featured series, there will also be a variety of weekly events and performances, such as Music on the Green on Thursdays beginning June 23; family concerts beginning June 28; and the Youth Series, for ages 3 to 7, starting July 5. Featured community events will include yoga in the Strings Park, concerts at Casey’s Pond, Brass and Brews at Butcherknife Brewing Co., musical talks at the library and an evening of music and dance with Perry-Mansfield dancers.

“Everybody in town is stepping up with music lineups,” Chambers said. “Steamboat is becoming known as a destination, and I think the more music in the valley, the better.”

To find more details about the up coming season and ticket prices visit

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