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Classical Concert Celebrates Italian Composer

Christina JenningsThe Blue Sage Center for the Arts Classical Music Series is proud to present an evening of classical music featuring flutist, Christina Jennings, and pianist, Susan Ellinger on Saturday, January 31st at 7:30pm.  The duo will perform American composer Aaron Copland’s Duo, Gaetano Donizetti’s virtuosic Sonata in C Major and Gabriel Fauré’s celebrated Sonata in A Major.  The concert will take place at the Blue Sage located at 226-228 Grand Ave. in Paonia.  Tickets range from $10-$20 and can be purchased through the Blue Sage Gallery by calling (970) 527-7243, in person at 226 Grand Ave., Paonia, or online at www.bluesage.org.  All seating is reserved.

This concert is the 3rd concert in the Blue Sage’s 2014-2015 Classical Music Series.  Each concert in the season’s line up is themed around a country and features a composer from that region.  In addition to the concert, a pre-concert cocktail hour presents a food and wine pairing from the evening’s featured region, which for the January 31st concert is Italy.  Food is provided by Backcountry Bistro and the wine is paired by Ashley Trego.  Any concert-goer can attend the cocktail hour for an additional $15.  Reservations must be made in advance.

The evening’s featured Italian composer is Gaetano Donizetti.  While generally known for his operas, Donizetti also composed many other chamber and orchestral works.  His Sonata in C Major for Flute and Piano demonstrates that his command of the exquisite vocal line was not confined solely to his operas and that he could also write in a carefree, infectiously Rossinian vein.

Pianist, Susan Ellinger, is particularly excited to perform Faure’s Sonata in A Major, a soaring and expansive work originally written for violin and piano.  “This piece is a lovely synthesis of all the classical genres leading up to that point in history.  There’s a bit of baroque counterpoint, classical grace, romantic excess and he brings it all together into a ‘new’ style called impressionism.”

Flutist Christina Jennings is praised for her virtuoso technique, rich tone, and command of a wide range of literature featuring works from Bach to Zwilich. The Houston Press declared: “Jennings has got what it takes: a distinctive voice, charisma, and a pyrotechnic style that works magic on the ears.” Ms. Jennings enjoys a musical career made up of diverse performing and recording opportunities, collaborations with living composers, and work guiding young musicians.  She is currently the Associate Professor of Flute at the University of Colorado Boulder.

Pianist Susan Ellinger has performed extensively as both a soloist and chamber musician, presenting recitals at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall, Lincoln Center’s Bruno Walter Auditorium, Oberlin Conservatory and the Taos School of Music.  She has appeared as a concerto soloist with the Peabody Conservatory of Music Orchestra and as a featured soloist in a series of concerts with the Vermont Symphony Orchestra under the baton of acclaimed conductor Marin Alsop.  She currently resides in Paonia, Colorado where she is the Artistic Director of Classical Music at the Blue Sage Center for the Arts.

The Blue Sage Center for the Arts is a charitable 501(c)(3) organization located in Paonia, CO providing education and expression in the arts and humanities in order to engage and enrich the North Fork community.  Founded in 1996 the Blue Sage serves about 10,000 residents of the North Fork Valley annually through classes, events, gallery exhibits, venue rentals and arts outreach into local schools.

Write On! Contest Deadline Looms

The eighth annual Write On! Competition deadline is January 20, 2015.  The Write On! Contest provides Delta County writers an opportunity to submit their works of fiction, non-fiction or poetry for inclusion in a published anthology produced each year by the Blue Sage Center for the Arts and the Delta County Libraries.  Pieces should not exceed 3,000 words, or poetry more that 50 lines.  The writing is judged to be either ready for publication, or not.  A selected number of writers whose work appears in the anthology will be offered a chance to read their pieces at the Write On! Anthology public reading on May 22.

This contest began in 2008 with the purpose of providing a place for aspiring local writers to submit their work for publication.  Since the first contest, the number of entrants has grown and moved from a self-judged contest to one juried by students in the Masters program in English at Western State Colorado University. The contest is easy to enter and a great way for a beginning writer to earn a publishing credit.  Past winners have included Marion Conger Stewart, Marla Bishop, Angus Stocking, Thomas Wills and Brandi Hudson.

The Blue Sage Center for the Arts is a charitable 501(c)(3) organization located in Paonia, CO providing education and expression in the arts and humanities in order to engage and enrich the North Fork community.  Founded in 1996 the Blue Sage serves about 10,000 residents of the North Fork Valley annually through classes, events, gallery exhibits, venue rentals and arts outreach into local schools.

Kids Bring Local Playwright’s Vision to Life

Marty Durlin’s The 12 Months is an original musical based on a Czechoslovakian folk tale. The performance features students form the Blue Sage Performing Arts after school arts programs. The students will perform all the rolls including acting, singing, dancing and even designing the sets and costumes. Opening night is Friday December 12th at 7:30pm. Two additional performances will follow on Saturday December 13th at 7:30pm and Sunday December 14th at 2:00pm. General admission is $7 and kids 13 and under are $5. Parents of performers receive free admission. Tickets and ticket information are available at www.bluesage.org.

 

The 12 Months is a Cinderella story full of whimsy and humor designed for children by professional playwright Marty Durlin. This semester, the after school arts classes at the Blue Sage are all designed to cover each aspect of the production. The kids are learning how to work both individually and in groups to create a whole project for the community. “The students are incredibly talented and having such a blast!” states Sharon Bailey, the musical’s assistant director and set design teacher.

 

The story begins in a little Czech town where everyone knows everybody else. The town gossip tells the story of young Marushka and her evil step mother and step sister, Uglina and Holena. Marushka is made to run some impossible errands in the blistering snow and comes across a group of mystical characters, The 12 Months. As the story unfolds, lessons are learned and love prevails.

 

The Blue Sage Center for the Arts is a charitable 501(c)(3) organization located in Paonia, CO providing education and expression in the arts and humanities in order to engage and enrich the North Fork community.  Founded in 1996 the Blue Sage serves about 10,000 residents of the North Fork Valley annually through classes, events, gallery exhibits, venue rentals and arts outreach into local schools.