5 new artists booked for Grand County concert series
November 6, 2009
The Grand County Concert Series opens its fifth season with five new artists and one returning group. The first concert is at 7 p.m. on Friday night, Nov. 13, at the Church of the Eternal Hills in Tabernash.The classical concert series starts with Antero Winds, returning after several years to Grand County to perform. The award-winning Antero Winds have been attracting attention worldwide as a talented woodwind quintet. For this concert, Scott Turpen, Professor of Saxophone at the University of Wyoming, will join them.”We’re pleased to bring such talented artists to Grand County,” said Joyce Engel, President of the Grand County Concert Series. “This season also offers three new artists from around the country and two new groups in Colorado.” Engel noted that the receptions after the concerts give a special opportunity to meet and talk to the artists.The concert series will keep its focus on students with Evan Shinners from The Juilliard School in New York City. In addition to performing a concert on Jan. 8, 2010, Shinners will spend one day in Grand County Schools working with student musicians.Shinners began playing piano at age nine and made his orchestral debut with the Utah Symphony at age 12. Currently, at 23, he is completing a master’s degree at The Juilliard School. He also hosts an online radio show and performs with his rock group.The season will continue in February with the following concerts:• Boulder Piano Quartet – Feb. 5: The Boulder Piano Quartet was formed in 2003 as collaboration between members of the Colorado Symphony and the faculty of the University of Colorado’s College of Music. Its members have performed with highly esteemed artists and composers across North America, Europe and Asia.• American Horn Quartet – Feb. 27: Established in 1982 by four Americans who perform in well-known European orchestras, the American Horn Quartet enjoys an ever-increasing popularity in the brass chamber music world. The group offers an intriguing repertoire of traditional works for French horn, as well as imaginative arrangements of diverse works.• Ashley Buckley & B. J. Miller – March 12: This violin and piano duo are from Pittsburgh, where they teach young musicians and perform at a variety of venues. Buckley is a violinist, playing for the Pittsburgh Opera Theater, the Westmoreland and Canton Symphony Orchestras and the Erie Philharmonic. Miller is a staff accompanist at Carnegie Mellon University. She performs extensively in Pittsburgh, both with rising young artists and with members of the Pittsburgh Symphony.• Baroque Chamber Orchestra of Colorado – May 7: The Four Seasons! This chamber orchestra brings its own fiery interpretation to a perennial Baroque favorite, Vivaldi’s colorful depiction of the four seasons. The Baroque Chamber Orchestra of Colorado is a period-instrument ensemble bringing to Colorado audiences the musical riches and spirit of improvisation of the 17th and 18th centuries.Season tickets are $60. Tickets sold at the door are $15 for adults and $8 for students. All concerts are held at the Church of the Eternal Hills.Five of the concerts are held on Friday nights at 7 p.m. The American Horn Quartet concert is on Saturday night, Feb. 27 at 7 p.m. For more information about the concert series or to purchase season tickets, visit http://www.grand-countyconcertseries.org or call Joyce Engel at 726-9669 or Helen Williams at 887-3005.