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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!


Susan Ellinger

Artistic Director, Classical Music

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.


Series Seating Chart


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

Tickets for individual concerts can be purchased online through Brown Paper Tickets.  The link for online purchases can be found by visiting the concert’s event page, located underneath the “Events” tab on this page.

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
  • 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
  • 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
    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
  • Blue Sage Gallery (970) 527-7243
    7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
    $10-$20 Reserved Seating
    Blue Sage Center for the Arts
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    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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  • 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
  • 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
  • Blue Sage Gallery (970) 527-7243
    7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
    $10-$20 Reserved Seating
    Blue Sage Center for the Arts
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    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