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Dear Friends and Music Lovers!

Join us as we traverse the globe this season sampling music from our own Americas, Europe and beyond.  We’ll begin the 14/15 classical series with the Opus Two Duo performing music by America’s own son of jazz, the one and only George Gershwin.  We’ll then hop the pond and sample the diversity and richness of music from Germany, Italy, France and more, the birthplace of if all.  Then it’s off to Russia and a visit to the house of Igor Stravinsky with excerpts from his legendary Rite of Spring. We thought this would be a perfect way to return to some epic piano four-hands magic, just in time to usher in the new season.

We’re very excited to partner with UC Boulder School of Music faculty this season for several of our concerts, so don’t miss out on this world-class talent.  Apparently Paonia is legendary, they just can’t wait to visit our tiny little hamlet and perform for us!  And local artist/choreographer Alyssa Pinkerton joins us this season to create a theatrical interpretation of Claude Debussy’s gorgeous and evocative Preludes for solo piano.  Keep your ears peeled for a very special event in conjunction with this concert.

Heartfelt thanks to our audience, supporters, staff and volunteers, this would not be possible without your help and dedication.  And we really hope you enjoy the upcoming season.  We love to travel and we bet you do too, so get your suitcases ready, and don’t forget your passport.  Time to hit the road!

Warmly,

Susan Ellinger

Artistic Director, Classical Music

  • Blue Sage Gallery (970) 527-7243
    7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
    $10-$20 Reserved Seating
    Blue Sage Center for the Arts
    Join Aspen Music Festival Artist Darrett Adkins as he joins Susan Ellinger in a concert of music for cello and piano. Featured works will include J.S. Bach's Suite #5 for Cello in C Minor, Poulenc's gorgeous Sonata for Cello and Piano and Stravinsky's celebrated Suite Italienne. Cellist Darrett Adkins belongs to a new generation of American musicians who are redefining the concert experience. His critically acclaimed performances of contemporary music have inspired critics to call him “Stunning”, “Intensely involving”, “Heroic”, and “Fiery”. His appetite to bridge the world between the established tradition and the avant-garde enables him to explore repertoire in almost every genre – from the classical cannon, to the contemporary frontier.
    Saturday the 11th
    July

Pianist, Susan Ellinger began her studies at the age of four. Having learned to read music and the alphabet at about the same time, playing classical music was as natural for her as reading a book, riding a bike or swimming in a creek. As a native growing up in Vermont, she loved to do all of these things and managed to balance her time outside the house playing in the woods and inside the house practicing her piano.

Susan 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, The Caramoor Music Center in upstate New York, Harvard University, Oberlin Conservatory, The Tanglewood Music Festival and the Taos School of Music. She has appeared as a concerto soloist with the Peabody Conservatory of Music Orchestra, in regular concerts with The Chelsea Chamber Players in New York City, and as a featured soloist in a series of concerts with the Vermont Symphony Orchestra under the baton of acclaimed conductor Marin Alsop.

Ms. Ellinger has won top prizes both as a soloist and chamber musician at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music and Manhattan School of Music and was awarded the National Baldwin Junior Keyboard Achievement Award at the age of thirteen presenting a solo recital in Washington D.C. for the Music Teachers National Association of America. As a chamber musician, Ms. Ellinger has studied and performed with members of the Juilliard, American, Guarneri and Muir String Quartets and regularly collaborates with cellist Darrett Adkins. Her teachers have included Leon Fleisher and Veda Kaplinsky at The Juilliard School and Julian Martin at Oberlin Conservatory.

An active performer of modern music, she has appeared with the Manhattan Contemporary Ensemble premiering works by Bright Sheng, Rand Steiger and Tan Dun and has collaborated with modern hip hop artists, Labwaste (Thavius Beck and Subtitle), releasing a remix for the album Zwarte Achtegrond on One Cell Records. Ms. Ellinger has collaborated on film projects for various directors in Los Angeles and her works have been screened at The South by Southwest Film Festival and the Montreal Just For Laughs Film Festival. She currently resides in Paonia, Colorado where she programs a classical concert series at The Blue Sage Center for the Arts and maintains an active teaching studio in the area.

You’re probably reading this because you’re aware of the positive impact exposing your child to classical music can have and now you’re wondering if it would be appropriate to bring them to a concert at the Blue Sage.  The answer: Yes!

The other truth is that as with any live performance, the audience is as much a part of the experience as the performers.  Over and over musicians tell us that they can sense the attention of the audience and that energy fuels their performance.  This is why concert etiquette usually stresses silence.  Talking, movement and cell phones ringing, especially in our small venue, distracts other audience members from their attention to the performance which detracts from the “fuel” the musicians receive from an engaged audience.  Distractions in the audience are also heard by performers on stage which can break their concentration.

For many young kids, listening intently for a long period of time is a new skill and may take some practice to develop.  Before purchasing a ticket for your child it is worth ensuring that they are prepared to succeed in their role as an attentive audience member.  Here is a How-To Guide for preparing your child for attending a live concert, which is borrowed from Inside the Arts.

Groundwork Preparation

  1. Sit with your child and listen to a three minute piece. Before the piece starts, ask the child to listen for three things. Is it a happy or sad piece? Was it quiet or loud? Was it fast or slow? It is important that you convey that while listening they are not to talk but to listen fully! After you listen with them, discuss what they thought. I think it would be a nice tradition to discuss over cookies or some kind of treat.
  2. A week later try a longer piece. Same questions, same discussion afterwards. Do not forget the cookies during the discussion!
  3. After you bumped up their listening lengths, start to ask them to use their imagination more. What did the piece remind them of? Did the work make them think up a story? Perhaps they could paint a picture of the images that came to mind. Painting, discussing, and the cookies now become a thing, your bonding tradition. You are sharing a very powerful experience that is fun and meaningful.
  4. Bonus discussions may pop up such as what instrument is making what sounds. Be prepared to Google what you don’t know and you might learn something fun, too!

Pre-Concert Preparation

  1. After you feel your child can sit through some longer works thoughtfully, they may be ready for some live music. Check out the schedule of your local orchestra and see what concerts might be a good fit. Have a listen yourself to recordings of works on the program you picked; at this point you should be able to tell if the music is something that will engage your child or not.
  2. Sit with your child and play portions of the recordings to be performed on the concert program. Ask the questions listed above and draw some pictures, tell some stories, and share some cookies. Tell them you are proud of how they can sit quietly and you’d like to reward them by taking them to see the music in person!
  3. Explain what will happen from picking the tickets up, to finding a seat and sitting quietly while a real orchestra plays the music they have come to know. Explain that there will be a time to talk during intermission and after the concert you will take them for a special treat so you can talk about the concert.
  4. Buy tickets near an exit or in the back of the hall if you are even remotely concerned your child might not sit through the concert.

Your Rules

  1. You will place your hand on your child’s shoulder if they are moving too much.
  2. You will remove your child if they make a fuss.
  3. You will have your child use the restroom before the concert.
  4. Your child will tap your leg if they are done, and you will acknowledge the tap by holding their hand and you will leave at the end of a movement or at intermission if possible.
  5. Notice as many exits as possible, have a plan and several backups.
  6. Try to take your seat about 5 minutes before the concert starts.
  7. No kicking the seat in front and no talking.
  8. Only quiet flipping through the program book, and if it falls, leave it on the ground.
  9. Both you and your child will go out for a treat afterwards if the behavior was good.

Post Concert Follow-up

  1. Hopefully you and your child had a great time. Good preparation usually allows for that!
  2. Ask your child what was the best part of the concert and what wasn’t. Make notes for future concerts you might consider.
  3. Start introducing some other music, keeping your tradition and special time going strong.

Series Seating Chart

Prices

Individual Tickets
Section A:  Adults: $20, Youth: $15
Section B:  Adults: $15, Youth: $10

Season Tickets (6 concerts)
Section A:  Adults: $100, Youth: $75
Section B:  Adults: $75, Youth $50

Box Office

Online
Tickets for individual concerts can be purchased online through Brown Paper Tickets here: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/profile/128662

In Person or Over the Phone
Tickets for individuals concerts and season tickets can be purchased in person or over the phone through the Blue Sage Gallery.  The Blue Sage Gallery is located at 226 Grand Ave., in Paonia and is open from 10am-5pm Monday thru Friday. To purchase over the phone call the Blue Sage Gallery during business hours at (970) 527-7243 and have your credit card ready.

Refund Policy
All ticket sales are final.  If you discover that you are unable to use a purchased ticket, you may donate it back to the Blue Sage for resale.  The value of the ticket is a tax-deductible donation to you.

  • Reserve Seating Only
    Blue Sage Center for the Arts
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    Beethoven, looking back on his life's work, considered the Piano Trio in B flat major, Op. 97, commonly known as the "Archduke Trio", to be among his very finest creations. In fact, of all the work that Beethoven dedicated to Archduke Rudolph, it's the only piece that acquired the nobleman's title.
    Saturday the 22nd
    Archduke Trio at the Blue Sage
    March
  • 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
    Classical Series
    Blue Sage Center for the Arts
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    Charles Gounod's "Romeo et Juliet" is an opera in five acts based on the French libretto by Jule Barbier and Michel Carré. Notable for the four duets sung by the main characters and the waltz song "Je veux vivre," Opera Colorado's version is performed in English and has been adapted for younger audiences. Based on the play by William Shakespeare, Opera Colorado's version also includes scenes from Shakespeare's original text.
    Friday the 16th
    Romeo & Juliet Web Image
    May
  • 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
    $10-$20
    Blue Sage Center for the Arts
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    The Aspen Music Festival comes to the Blue Sage in a summer concert of music celebrating the Spirit of Strings.
    Friday the 25th
    Spirit of Strings Web Image
    July
  • Blue Sage Gallery (970) 527-7243
    7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
    $10-$20 Reserved Seating
    Blue Sage Center for the Arts
    This event has ended.
    Explore the landscape of American music with piano-violin duo, Opus Two. Comprised of award-winning musicians violinist William Terwilliger and pianist Andrew Cooperstock, the duo is hailed for its unanimity of style and spirit, exemplary balance and close rapport. This concert is generously underwritten by Ed & Betsy Marston, Philip & Jean Ceriani and Justy & Martha Justman.
    Saturday the 13th
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    September
  • Blue Sage Gallery (970) 527-7243
    7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
    $10-$20 Reserved Seating
    Blue Sage Curtis Hall
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    In Schubert's celebrated Trout Quintet for piano and strings, the richness that results from the added double bass and the solo lines Schubert gives to the single violin (and the viola and cello) contribute to a distinctive sonic signature. Aside from the sonic cast of characters, the work is also remarkable because of its optimistic and jovial nature, unusual for a composer whose power to capture human sadness has endeared his music to many. Schubert's life included many happy years, which are undeniably reflected in the pages of this work.
    Saturday the 25th
    Thumbnail
    October
  • Paradise Theater (970) 527-6610
    $10 or $45 for 5 movies
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    The Blue Sage is proud to be a partner in the Paradise Theater's Music and Art Film Series. Each month will feature a different documentary movie about music or art and benefit a different local arts organization. Click on the link to learn more about the movies. Tickets to showings are $10 a piece, or purchase a punch card for all 5 for only $45.
    Monday the 26th
    El Sistema
    January
  • Blue Sage Gallery (970) 527-7243
    7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
    $10-$20 Reserved Seating
    Blue Sage Center for the Arts
    This event has ended.
    Journey to Italy with flutist, Christina Jennings, pianist, Susan Ellinger, and the music of Donizetti in the third concert of the 2014-15 Classical Music Season at the Blue Sage. This event was generously underwritten by Robin Nicholoff, Michael Soule and John Moore.
    Saturday the 31st
    January
  • Blue Sage Gallery (970) 527-7243
    7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
    $10-$20 Reserved Seating
    Blue Sage Center for the Arts
    This event has ended.
    Explore the landscapes of impressionist France through the music of Claude Debussy and pianist Susan Ellinger, brought to life by artist and choreographer, Alyssa Pinkerton. This concert is generously underwritten by the Blue Sage Board of Directors.
    Friday the 20th
    Debussy-Poster.indd
    March
  • Blue Sage Gallery (970) 527-7243
    7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
    $10-$20 Reserved Seating
    Blue Sage Center for the Arts
    This event has ended.
    Explore the landscapes of impressionist France through the music of Claude Debussy and pianist Susan Ellinger, brought to life by artist and choreographer, Alyssa Pinkerton. This concert is generously underwritten by the Blue Sage Board of Directors.
    Saturday the 21st
    March
  • Blue Sage Gallery (970) 527-7243
    2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
    $10-$20 Reserved Seating
    Blue Sage Center for the Arts
    This event has ended.
    Explore the landscapes of impressionist France through the music of Claude Debussy and pianist Susan Ellinger, brought to life by artist and choreographer, Alyssa Pinkerton. This concert is generously underwritten by the Blue Sage Board of Directors.
    Sunday the 22nd
    Debussy-Poster.indd
    March
  • Blue Sage Gallery (970) 527-7243
    6:00 pm - 11:00 pm
    $10-$20 Reserved Seating
    Blue Sage Curtis Hall
    This event has ended.
    Journey to Russia with pianists Adam Cohen and Susan Ellinger and the Stravinsky's Rite of Spring. This popular piano four-hands concert is generously underwritten by Kate Zachman.
    Friday the 1st
    May
  • Blue Sage Gallery (970) 527-7243
    7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
    $10-$20 Reserved Seating
    Blue Sage Center for the Arts
    This event has ended.
    Journey to Russia with pianists Adam Cohen and Susan Ellinger and the Stravinsky's Rite of Spring. This popular piano four-hands concert is generously underwritten by Kate Zachman.
    Saturday the 2nd
    May