Art Scene: To grow organically from within |

Art Scene: To grow organically from within

Christina Brusig
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A child cello prodigy, performing from the age of five, Yo-Yo Ma could have easily followed a traditional path and enjoyed a brilliant career of the classical standards.

But he didn’t. He couldn’t. In addition to genius, he had a curiosity that would not rest. He embraced the world of folk music, traditional Chinese melodies, jazz, reggae and tango and connected us all. He is all about that connection, the joy and the inclusion.

“… has to be based on an intact tradition … to bring together musicians who represent all these traditions, in workshops, festivals, and concerts, to see how we can connect with each other in music.”

— Yo Yo Ma

Every element of our work, our goals and our processes have to do with continuing intact traditions of inclusion and value and reaching for and refining the next new idea.

We have expectations based on past successes but every once in a while, it all comes together and we blow right by the last marker.

11 in 7

It started with the Summer of Music 2016 opening night when 2,300 people made their way to Two Rivers Park and the Jazz Aspen Snowmass’ student band and Long Run, Colorado’s matchless Eagles Tribute band, set the bar for the season.

Then we teamed up with Roaring Fork Events for the incredible three-day first annual Wild West Fermentation Fest where craft ciders, beers, distilleries, local food vendors and musicians added another 2,000 residents and visitors to the good-time tally.

But we’re not done yet. The 4th of July at Two Rivers Park broke the record with 5,000 people coming together for a wonderful night of community celebration.

Last Wednesday, we hit the total button when over 1,700 locals and visitors danced the night away as The Confluents and Onda took hold and didn’t let go at the Summer of Music Concert #2.

So 11,000 people in seven days experienced what the Center for the Arts is known for — tradition, innovation and inclusion, and we’re just hitting our stride.

Next Up: Frank Martin and Paper Bird

The summer is heating up, and so is the stage at Two Rivers Park, Wednesday, July 13, when legendary songwriter, slide guitar player and singer Frank Martin brings the heart of country and bluegrass to the Summer of Music Concert #3.

Then get ready for the indie folk and rock riffs of Paper Bird. Get there at 6:30, grab some great eats from the standout vendors, then rain or shine, enjoy the most popular musical event in town.

City says no smoking, no pets and no glass containers. Please bring a donation, join us on July 13, and bust some truly unique moves.

You Keep The Music Playing

To the Summer of Music donor/sponsors who consistently support the arts and make this annual series possible, thanks again Alpine Bank, city of Glenwood Springs, Coldwell Banker, Bighorn Toyota, KMTS, Glenwood Springs Brew Garden, Balcomb and Green PC, Garfield County, Gould Construction, Climate Control, Garfield and Hecht PC, GWS Post Independent, Lowes, 19th Street Diner, Glenwood Hot Springs, Stifel, Redi Services LLC, Hotel Colorado, First Line Security, Dominos, Masonic Lodge #65, Glenwood Springs Chamber Association, Gran Farnum Printing and Green Tech Electrical.

You are music to our ears.

Christina Brusig is the executive director of the Glenwood Springs Center for the Arts. She can be reached at

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