Grand County Concert Series season opens in January |

Grand County Concert Series season opens in January

Special to the Sky-Hi News

TABERNASH —The Grand County Concert Series (GCCS) will officially open its 2014 season on Friday, Jan. 3. The series of six concerts in 2014 includes four winter concerts and two during the summer. This will be the 11th season for the classical music series.

"Colorado Creative Industries is delighted to support the Grand County Concert Series," said division director Margaret Hunt. "The concert series is an important cultural asset, bringing critically acclaimed local and national musical acts to the community and promoting classical music to thousands annually."

Friday, Jan. 3 — Tao Lin and Tomas Cotik open the season. The evening features Chinese-American concert pianist Lin and Argentinian violinist Cotik. They recorded the first volume of the Complete Works of Schubert for Violin and Piano.

Friday, Jan. 31 — Red Priest. The only early music group to have been compared in the press to the Rolling Stones, Jackson Pollock, the Marx Brothers, Spike Jones and Cirque du Soleil. Red Priest has given several hundred sell-out concerts in many of the world's most prestigious festivals.

Friday, Feb. 28 — Cavatina Duo. Eugenia Moliner has been called a "brilliant young musician" by the British Flute Society magazine, performing with the principal and co-principal musicians of the Chicago Symphony and Rotterdam Philharmonic orchestras. Soundboard Magazine called Denis Azabagic a "virtuoso with flawless technique." He has won prizes in 24 international competitions.

Friday, March 28 — Carpe Diem and Federico Mondelci. Carpe Diem is a string quartet described as a boundary-breaking ensemble and critically acclaimed for its innovative programming and electrifying performances. Federico Mondelci has established himself in the last 20 years as one of the leading saxophonists of his generation.

Friday, July 18 — The Ivy Street Ensemble. The ensemble includes three members from the Colorado Symphony Orchestra. Catherine Peterson is second/assistant principal flutist. Erik Peterson, violinist, has held the position of Assistant Concertmaster. Phillip Stevens plays the viola. Jeffrey Watson is principal cellist with the Colorado Springs Philharmonic.

Friday, August 15 — The season closes with a brass ensemble from Boulder Brass. Now celebrating its platinum anniversary, the Boulder Brass has been thrilling audiences throughout the United States for two decades and is consistently lauded for its virtuosity and brilliance, as well as its engaging programming.

All concerts are at 7 p.m. at the Church of the Eternal Hills in Tabernash. Season tickets are $90 and available online at the GCCS website. To purchase tickets online, click on the website's Tickets tab. Gift Contributions to the GCCS can also be made online on the Tickets tab. Each concert is followed by a dessert reception with the artists.

Three grant awards support the upcoming season, including two grants provide funding for Red Priest. The concert on Friday, Jan. 31, is supported by $4,000 in funding from the Colorado Creative Industries Division, a state agency, and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency. The East Grand Education Foundation is providing a $1,000 grant for Red Priest to spend Thursday, Jan. 30, with students in East Grand Schools. WESTAF Tour Grants also awarded GCCS $1,575 for the Cavatina Duo to perform on Friday, Feb. 28. This grant gives funds from WESTAF and the National Endowment for the Arts to organizations in rural communities of western states.

For more information, contact Mairi Nelson at 970-531-1635 or