Orchestra coming to Craig

Steamboat group brings Sounds of Spring on April 7

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The sound of music will soon be in Craig.

The Steamboat Springs Chamber Orchestra will perform its Sounds of Spring 2006 concert at 7 p.m. April 7 in the Moffat County High School auditorium.

Ernest Richardson, a 13-year resident conductor of the Omaha Symphony, conducts the concert, one of five concerts performed by the orchestra each year.




What: Steamboat Springs Chamber Orchestra Sounds of Spring concertWhen: 7 p.m. April 7Where: Moffat County High School auditoriumCost: Adults $10; seniors and students $5; children $1

"He's just the greatest conductor. He's motivational, and he's a fabulous conductor in terms of bringing members together and interpreting the music," said Sandra Kruczek, Craig resident and 10-year orchestra violinist.

Kruczek said the orchestra has flown Richardson to Steamboat for a series of intensive weekend rehearsals in preparation for the spring concert.

"We've been working hard to perform the music in a way that will make it interesting to listen to," Kruczek said.

The orchestra plans to perform an eclectic mix of impressionist and modernist classical styles, ranging from Matthew Naughtin's Lakota legend narration titled "Wakinyan Tanka," to Jean Sibelius' bold Scandinavian composition "Finlandia."

"It's a powerful piece embodying the spirit of the land with a springtime, earthy feel, like listening to the land opening up, or like ice thawing on the Yampa," Kruczek said about the final piece, which she has always wanted to perform.

Kruczek will not be the only orchestra member representing Craig during the April 7 program. Gail Petch, Jim Simpson and Mary Karen Solomon also participate in the orchestra and are enthusiastic to finally play after their rigorous concert preparations with the professional maestro.

"It's amazing that from such a small town, you can produce such a good orchestra with such great players," said John Sant'Ambrogio, a Steamboat resident and first cellist. "You've got people that are writers, teachers and ranchers. A town comes together to make something unique."

With endless hours of practice and countless years of professional experience bringing the orchestra together, this year's spring concert promises to be more than unique.

"The artistic level of this Yampa Valley community orchestra is remarkable," said Sheri Steiner, the orchestra's executive director.

Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for seniors and students and $1 for children. They are available at the door, Colorado Northwestern Community Coll--ege Bookstore, the Museum of Northwest Colorado and the High Country Veterinary Clinic.

Call 879-9008, ext. 107, or e-mail chamberorchestra@steamboatspringsarts.com to reserve tickets.

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