Strings Music Festival: Season winds down |

Strings Music Festival: Season winds down

Ali Mignone/For Steamboat Today

— As Strings' summer season winds down, I've been thinking a lot about transitions. About the different methods we use to leave one phase and enter the next.

For musicians and technicians, dress rehearsal is the transition from rehearsal to performance. From stage changes to lighting to program order, everything is supposed to be done as though the audience is already there.

Yes, it's a chance to finesse final technical details and to run through a difficult passage a couple of extra times, but it's also the time to change our mindset from rehearsal to performance mode. No more working things out, no more stops allowed, no more grimacing at mistakes: it's game time.

For Strings, this entire season was a transition from one set of leaders to another. We worked under the baton of new music director Michael Sachs, and Executive Director/founder Kay Clagett announced her retirement.

Part of the transition process for the staff was saying "thank you" to Kay and appreciating her 28 years of dedication and leadership. Honoring the past as part of the end-of-season celebration means that incoming Executive Director Elissa Greene can focus her attention fully on Strings' future and hit the ground running in October.

For me, the next few weeks are when I transition from "festival mode" back to "regular life." To be honest, it looks a lot like hitting pause.

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I need to catch my breath after the nine-week, all-out sprint that is Strings' summer season.

After I say goodbye to Truman, the stoat who lives outside the backstage door and helps keep the local vole population in check, I'll spend some time hiking and biking. I'm hopeful that I can squeeze in a couple of camping trips, too, while summer still lingers in the valley. Then I'll rejoin my usual schedule.

Thanks for a great season, Steamboat. I hope your personal transitions from summer to fall, from holiday to back-to-school and from happy-hour-on-the-porch to happy-hour-by-the-fire are smooth and hassle-free.

Check out Strings' website to see what fall and winter shows are on the docket, and I'll see you when the snow flies.

Ali Mignone is the stage manager for Strings Music Festival. When she's not telling roadies and musicians what to do, you can find her hiking, biking or skiing around the Yampa Valley.

Upcoming events:

Happy Fall!

Friday, Oct. 16, 7 p.m. — Todo Mundo (World Music)