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Strings Music Festival: Try a new music style

Classically trained violinist Lucia Micarelli will perform an eclectic blend of jazz standards with her ensemble July 16.
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Upcoming at Strings

• 12:15 p.m. Thursday — Coventry Quartet (free, at the Botanic Park)

• 8 p.m.Thursday — Clint Black (country)

• 10 a.m. Saturday — Yoga and Classical Music (free, in Strings Music Festival Park)

• 7 p.m. Saturday — Opening Night Orchestra

• 8 p.m. Sunday — The Fab Four (Beatles tribute with orchestra)

Tickets are available by calling 970-879-5056 or visiting stringsmusicfestival.com.

If you ask someone who loves rock ‘n’ roll to describe classical music, you might get a shrug and a vague notion of fussy violins played by snooty people in tuxedos.

Upcoming at Strings

• 12:15 p.m. Thursday — Coventry Quartet (free, at the Botanic Park)

• 8 p.m.Thursday — Clint Black (country)



• 10 a.m. Saturday — Yoga and Classical Music (free, in Strings Music Festival Park)

• 7 p.m. Saturday — Opening Night Orchestra



• 8 p.m. Sunday — The Fab Four (Beatles tribute with orchestra)

Tickets are available by calling 970-879-5056 or visiting stringsmusicfestival.com.

Turn that around and ask the classical lover about rock music, and you might get a sniff and a complaint about distorted lyrics and impossible decibel levels. And each music lover might look at the other, offended, and say, “But my music is so much more than that. You’re missing the point,” before launching into a spirited defense of their maligned genre.

They would each be right — and also wrong.

Let’s start with the right: Some classical music is rather inaccessible and precious, and lots of orchestras make the musicians dress up in penguin suits and uncomfortable, pointy shoes.

Some rock music is completely unintelligible and monstrously loud for no discernable reason other than, because they can.

And now the wrong. Decibel perception and bad sound mixes aside, rock music’s driving beat and howling guitars are integral to the compositions and often showcase truly virtuosic playing abilities.

And far from being stiff and proper, many of the great classical composers were the rock star rebels of their times. All of Beethoven’s symphonies except the Ninth were widely panned, with one critic saying Beethoven was “ripe for the madhouse.” They said his work was too exciting, not dignified, discordant, harsh, wild and utterly confusing.

That should sound familiar to anyone whose parents loved big band music and were horrified by their children’s interest in rock ‘n’ roll.

But I’m picking on classical and rock music unfairly. Plenty of other genres could use a little understanding, too.

Country and its sub-genres have always borrowed elements from other traditions. You’ll find Irish and Scottish folk music influences in bluegrass, hints of Mexico in honky tonk and shades of disco in ’70s country music. Today’s country includes nods to hip-hop, gospel and rock.

Hip-hop distinguishes itself from rhythm and blues with sample loops manipulated live for stage shows by a deejay, combined with rap or R&B lyrics performed live. Recorded hip-hop often has multiple, complicated sample loops from other genres underscoring the lyrics. For example, artists Nas and Puff Daddy sampled “O Fortuna” from Carmina Burana on “Hate Me Now.”

World music is, enormously, non-Western music. How’s that for a giant ocean of sounds to wade through?

Notoriously difficult to define, jazz has roots in the improvisational blues born from the call-and-repeat style of plantation slave work songs. But it’s not always free-form; jazz can host a strong rhythm section with African and Latin American beat patterns, and ragtime’s highly structured compositions are also in the jazz category.

If you’re on the “how can you listen to that stuff” side of one of these kinds of music, let me assure you that these categories are as varied as the musicians who play them. Musicians bring their own influences with them as they glide in and out of different styles, and the styles evolve over time. No matter what your preferences, there is something in that mysterious genre that will appeal to you, if you let it.

The Strings Music Festival summer season opens this week — get your feet wet, and try something you’ve never heard before.

Ali Mignone stage manages for Strings Music Festival, among other things. When she’s not telling roadies and musicians what to do, you can find her hiking, biking or skiing around the Yampa Valley and blogging at thequirkyquill.com.


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