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Dear Friends and Music Lovers!

It is with great pleasure that I share with you the Blue Sage’s 2013-14 season of classical music. This is our third season, and the program continues to grow and remains strongly supported by our brilliant Executive Director, a wonderful and creative classical committee, a myriad of volunteers and an incredibly dedicated and supportive audience. Kudos!

Our 2012-13 series boasted six concerts with sold out audiences ranging from chamber music to piano concertos with a little ragtime thrown in for good measure. The upcoming season will add an additional concert for a total of seven, and includes a new collaboration with the Grand Junction Symphony’s inaugural chamber music series “Chateau Chamber Concerts” at Two Rivers Winery.

The lineup this year is stellar, and very diverse. We have a Clarinet-Violin/Viola-Piano trio launching the series with a performance of Béla Bartok’s Contrasts originally written for America’s own ‘King of Swing’, Mr. Benny Goodman. And don’t miss the virtuosic extravaganza that will unfold with our Carnival of the Animals piano four-hands concert in October. Really, it’s going to knock your socks off! Other highlights of the upcoming season include music for brass quintet, a return of Opera Colorado performing Gounod’s Romeo & Juliet, a Western Slope debut of Philip Glass’ new Sonata for Violin and Piano, and a fourth season with the Aspen Music Festival.

Thank you for being a continuing supporter of our classical program, and thanks to you who are stepping up as new supporters. Your ticket purchases and tax-deductible contributions to the classical program help keep the arts alive in our beautiful and unique valley.

With much anticipation for the upcoming season,

Susan Ellinger

Artistic Director of Classical Programming

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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.

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.

The art work for this season was commissioned by the Blue Sage from Grand Junction artist, Gayle Gerson. Gayle is a self-taught artist.  She has studied under the guidance of many artists in watercolor, oil and experimental workshops.  She is a signature member of the Colorado Watercolor Society and the Western Colorado Watercolor Society and is a member of the National Collage Society, and the Rocky Mountain Collage Society and Art Space.  She teaches experimental mixed media classes at the Art Center in Grand Junction, Colorado and does contract workshops.  She shows her work at Oakley Gallery on Main Street in Grand Junction, Colorado and her art is in many private and public collections.

If I could, I would load all my artwork with as many cultural, literary, and historical references as possible so to place the work on the continuum of time. I think about the comedian, Steven Wright’s, surreal comment that God invented time so everything wouldn’t happen all at once. With that in mind, I have become a layerist, laying on piece upon piece of paper, ephemera, copies of photographs, newspapers, advertisements, and whatnot as an underlayer to my work so to record many things happening at once. By using this process with whatever subject matter I pursue, my aim is to create a cultural record, a reference to what is happening now as I work.

To view more of Gayle’s work, visit her website at: http://gaylegerson.com/

The original work and prints will be available for purchase in the Blue Sage Gallery for the duration of the season.  Proceeds benefit the Classical Music Series and the artist.

Series Seating Chart


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

Season Tickets (7 concerts)
Section A:  Adults: $120, Youth: $90
Section B:  Adults: $90, Youth $60

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.