Community Concerts keep live music alive
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Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado – Some interesting facts: On a typical day, children 8 – 18 spend an average of seven hours engaged with media entertainment. They listen to music on their cell phones, iPods, radio and computers. Many children would say they would be lost without it. While adults may lament such attachment to technology, history tells us that previous technological advances were also met with similar concerns.
In 1921, Thomas A. Edison Inc. sent 20,000 copies of a questionnaire asking the record-buying public in 43 states to list their favorite tunes. Many took the occasion of the survey to explain their love of the phonograph, a new technology.
They reported that the availability of music enhanced their lives or that they simply would not have been able to live without their record players and records. “We love our machine so much. If we had to part with any piece of furniture in our home, we would give our bed up before we would part with our Edison.”
While technology has made music in all genres available to the masses, live performances provide quite a different experience. A concert occurs in real time and involves more than auditory sensations.
We see as well as hear the artist. The musician’s body language, use of voice or instrument and interaction with the audience enhances our musical experience. At concerts, we are able to cross cultural divides, visit other times, and can see and hear unfamiliar instruments. A live performance at its best offers us the opportunity to engage in a shared emotional experience.
We have just come from a season of incredible music in the valley – and we are in for a treat as the Glenwood Springs Community Concert Association, with a special invitation to families, welcomes us to their 2011-2012 season.
The Glenwood Springs Concert Association began as a movement to replace the declining traveling minstrel shows. This all-volunteer nonprofit agency has been bringing world class musical performances to the valley for more than 60 years.
This year, with five performances from October to May, the concert series offers an opportunity for families to leave digital media at home and enjoy gospel, 1960’s pop, bluegrass, country, jazz, ragtime, Klezmer, classical, a capella, baroque, rock and folk music.
The scheduled performers have entertained audiences in Nashville, performed with major orchestras, trained in the best conservatories, headlined in cities from Istanbul to the Caribbean, and have won international prizes.
Cross the generation gap with the Unexpected Boys, who travel back in time and offer tribute to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame music of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons. They open the concert season at 7 p.m. this Friday, Oct. 7, at Glenwood Springs High School.
On Nov. 11, families are invited to listen to Russian musical instruments and melodies with Trio Voronezh, a folk music band. They play the domra (a three stringed ancestor of the mandolin) the bajan (a button accordion) and the double bass balalaika (the three stringed Russian national instrument of the lute family).
Travel across centuries on Jan. 30 with the a capella octet “Voces8.” These singers use their voices without the aid of instruments to sing music from Renaissance choral work to their own arrangements of jazz and pop.
Join the Russian Rastrelli Cello Quartet on March 1 as they demonstrate the power of the cello to cross time and musical genres. Their wide-ranging musical repertoire includes Bach, Tchaikovsky, George Gershwin, and their own unique spin Dave Brubeck’s “Take Five” and the theme from James Bond.
The season ends May 11 with the country, bluegrass, American roots music of the Alaskan family group “Redhead Express.”
In line with their mission to bring quality music to families, the Community Concert Association offers this line up for $35 for adults and $80 for a family of two adults with unlimited number of children. Ticket holders may also attend concerts in Craig, Grand Junction, Delta and Montrose under a reciprocity agreement at no additional cost. Season tickets are also available at the door of opening concert on Oct. 7.
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