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Strings presents holiday concerts for all

Musicians, jugglers offer holiday fare

Jamie Hallman

— Strings in the Mountains’ “Baroque Holiday Concert” begins its 15th music season with a joyous and profound holiday performance at 7:30 p.m. today at the Sheraton Grand Ballroom.

Kay Clagett, president of Strings in the Mountains, said the importance of celebrating the holidays this year will make the performance meaningful to those who attend.

The holiday concert will give people the opportunity to embrace the holiday spirit through uplifting music pieces.

“I think people are ready to sit down and enjoy some beautiful music,” she said.

The concert will feature two pieces by J.S. Bach, one by Arcangelo Corelli and the other by Antonio Vivaldi. The Christmas Concerto by Corelli is the only featured Christmas piece.

Clagett said she thought the Christmas Concerto would be one of the highlights of the concert.

The baroque chamber musicians include eight Colorado Symphony members and one musician from the Colorado Chamber Players.

Clagett said the musicians all came together under the direction of Claude Sim of the Colorado Symphony. Sim graduated in 1999 from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music with a bachelor’s degree.

The evening concert will be preceded with an hors d’oeuvre and champagne reception at 6:30 p.m.

This dramatic and traditional concert will be a treat for spectators, but Clagett recommends the concert for ages 10 and up. She said the focus on classical music and the atmosphere of the concert is more appropriate for an adult audience.

For the younger audiences, Strings in the Mountains also presents “A Juggler’s Dream,” a concert for children, at 4 p.m. Friday at the Sheraton Grand Ballroom.

“The jugglers never disappoint the crowd,” said Clagett.

The youth concert will include We’re Not Clowns, music by local musicians and comic theater by Steamboat’s well-know actors.

A Christmas story about a little girl who dreams of juggling and her efforts to make her dreams come true is the primary focus of the concert script.

The humorous concert, organizers say, will be entertaining for adults too.

“It’s a wonderful way to spend the holidays,” Clagett said.


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