Poppin' fresh: A 'Cornucopia' of music on the menu this week in the Roaring Fork Valley
Local string orchestra High Country Sinfonia has three concerts on the docket this week at three different locations throughout the Roaring Fork Valley.
Music from baroque masters such as Bach and Vivaldi will mingle with more modern compositions from the likes of Phillip Glass and Heitor Villa-Lobos at the performances this week.
Stephanie Zaza, who plays the violin and sits on the board for High Country Sinfonia, said the program is an intentional mix of music from composers in different eras — including some who are still around today.
“We're trying really hard to play living composers right now, … to try and diversify the kind of music we're playing and diversify the audience and bring in a younger, broader audience in terms of demographics to hear the kind of music that we love to play,” she said.
The performers range in age, too, from their early 20s to their mid- to late-80s, Zaza said.
The selection process for the musical program is very “democratic” and “collaborative,” she said.
Players submit suggestions that run the gamut of the string orchestra repertoire, and people work together to determine which compositions work best for a given show.
The first concert of the fall series was Thursday night at the Basalt Public Library.
Carbondale’s River Valley Ranch Old Thompson Barn hosts another performance on Saturday at 7 p.m., and the Aspen Chapel hosts one on Sunday at 4 p.m.
Admission is free with a suggested donation of up to $20.