Grand County Concert Series announces schedule of artists for upcoming season |

Grand County Concert Series announces schedule of artists for upcoming season

The Grand County Concert Series (GCCS) will present six concerts in the 2016 season from January through March. One popular group, the Poulenc Trio, returns to Grand County along with five new groups and artists. One of the, artists, William Hume, is a college student and accomplished pianist who will be performing on a Saturday afternoon, especially for students in Grand County.

“From the Eastman School of Music and St. Petersburg, Russia; to Venezuela, Chicago and Los Angeles, these musicians love what they do,” said Judy Baxter, President of the concert series. “And we are thrilled to bring them to Grand County to perform for our residents and guests.”

“This is truly a community concert series,” noted Baxter. She credits support from season ticket purchases, local businesses and governments, organizations, donors, the Grand Foundation and other foundations for making the season possible.

Season tickets are on sale now. While the price is still $90, there are new benefits for subscribers. The concert series has partnered with six local restaurants who are offering discounts for the 2016 season to season ticket holders who show their passes when they order. Artist Pem Dunn has donated an original work of fine art for a drawing during the concert season. All season ticket holders will be automatically entered into the drawing. Finally, Hume will perform at a small, catered soiree exclusively for season members.

The concert series opens at 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 8 at the Church of the Eternal Hills with musicians from the next generation of classical artists. Emerging artist and saxophonist Ashu performs, and he will be accompanied by the young Russian pianist, Alexandre Moutouzkine. The Poulenc Trio follows on Jan. 22.

February concerts showcase Fandango on the 5th and the St. Petersburg Piano Quartet on the 19th. Both of these concerts are supported by and made possible with grants. WESTAF Tour Grants has awarded GCCS a grant for Fandango. This organization gives funds from WESTAF and the National Endowment for the Arts to organizations in rural communities of western states. The Grand Foundation has awarded a grant for the St. Petersburg Piano Quartet.

The concert series presents its first full length concert for young people in 2016: Classical Pops and Pizza with William Hume, 4 p.m. Saturday, March 5. Mountain Moon Yoga is generously sponsoring Hume’s performance. Elevation Pizza is sponsoring pizza and beverages for attendees. Rising Venezuelan star and pianist Vanessa Perez closes the season on March 18.

All concerts are at the Church of the Eternal Hills in Tabernash.

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