Strings presents inaugural Free Community Matinee Concert in Steamboat |

Strings presents inaugural Free Community Matinee Concert in Steamboat

Nicole Inglis
Monique Mead, music director for the Strings Music Festival, performs during Music on the Green earlier this summer. She will perform at 4:30 p.m. Sunday at Strings Music Pavilion as part the Free Community Matinee Concert.
John F. Russell

If you go

What: Free Community Matinee Concert

Where: Strings Music Pavilion, Pine Grove and Mount Werner Roads

When: 4:30 p.m. Sunday

Cost: The event is free and open to the public

— Strings Music Festival music director Monique Mead was surprised about how many locals didn’t know where the Strings Music Pavilion was.

It was then that she decided to fashion a new concert to give back to the community that long has supported the annual music festival.

“We love Steamboat,” Mead said. “We want to share our music with everyone. We want one concert to be there for everyone. We already do Music on the Green, but this brings them to our space, to our pavilion.”

The first Free Community Matinee Concert is at 4:30 p.m. Sunday at Strings Music Pavilion. There will be open seating inside the venue for attendees of all ages. Speakers also will be set up in nearby Strings Park so guests can enjoy an outdoor music experience.

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“We really wanted to present this concert as a gift to the community,” Mead said. “We chose music that everyone knows and loves, paired that with the highest caliber of musicians.”

Sunday’s program includes classical favorites and the sound that is uniquely American jazz, performed by Strings music directors Andrés Cárdenes, Moni­­que Mead and Arturo Delmoni on violin, Wendy Chen and Mike Garson on piano, Catherine Lehr on cello and Mark Nuccio on clarinet.

Simon Boyar, who plays marimba, will make an appearance, as well. Boyar was featured in the Strings School Days program in May.

The concert will open with selections from George Gersh­win’s “Porgy and Bess.”

Delmoni and Chen will play familiar tunes from 1930s-era musicals such as “Bess, You is My Woman Now” and “Summertime.”

After a short intermission, the second half of the performance will feature arrangements by composer and pianist Garson, including a jazzed-up Pachebel’s Canon in D minor.

“All of a sudden, he gets into it, and its jazz; its improvising,” Mead said about the unique arrangement. “He’ll get it really grooving and moving.”

She and Strings director Kay Clagett said it was an opportunity not to be missed.

“What could be more fun than a free concert on a Sun­day afternoon listening to Gersh­­win’s ‘Porgy and Bess’ or Artie Shaw’s clarinet concerto,” Clag­ett said. “It’s a great way to wrap up your weekend with exceptional music.”

Mead added that several of Garson’s arrangements were written specifically for this concert, for Steamboat and for the Strings audience.

“It’s a once-in-a-lifetime chance,” she said. “Who knows if we’ll play them again.”

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