Leadville’s April Music Line-Up Stays Strong All Month
April can be a pretty quiet month around these parts once spring break is over and everyone gets back to normal routines. Fortunately, that’s not the case this year when it comes to music. So be sure to stay tuned to Leadville Today to keep up on where you can catch the latest show. Here are some upcoming music extravaganzas to note on the calendar.
Tomorrow night, Friday, April 10, The Scarlet Bar will be showcasing James and The Devil (JATD). This progressive fiddle rock band out of Denver is back on the road again touring the Colorado Rocky Mountains preparing for a national release of their 3rd album later this spring. They’re a top notch group that is usually seen performing at major national music festivals, so seeing them at a smaller venue like The Scarlet in downtown Leadville should be an extra special show.
Alpine Orchestra Kicks off Spring Concert in Leadville
Then next Friday April 17, The Alpine Orchestra will kick off their Spring Concert, “Out of This World,” in Leadville at the Annunciation Catholic Church.
The concert series will contain 4 full-length pieces, including music by composers John Williams, Nicholas Hooper, Patrick Doyle, Alexandra Desplat, and two compositions by composer Gustav Holst. Two of the selections are medleys and two are compositions which are a part of a larger symphonic work. The pieces entitled “Jupiter” “and Mars” are part of a 9 piece collection appropriately titled, “The Planets.”
So be sure to join the Alpine Orchestra and conductor, Beth Steele, for their presentation of “Out of This World,” music which will transport you to mystical places and places as far as outer space. . . .right here in the highest city in North America, Leadville!
Jazzing It Up at The High School April 22
The Lake County High School (LCHS) award winning “Cloud City Jazz Band” will receive a masterclass and performance from one of Denver’s finest Jazz musicians.
The masterclass which will be held on Wednesday, April 22 at LCHS, featuring The Michael Friedman Jazz Quintet. This masterclass is made possible by the Breckinridge Music Festival’s “Music in Schools” program.
The Festival, chartered in 1981 as the Breckenridge Music Institute, was commissioned to produce a Festival of Classical Music and Jazz, and operated a summer music festival and a youth music camp. The original Institute mission included a strong educational component, which continues today. The Breckenridge Music Festival’s Music in the Schools program offers an annual series of workshops, performances and master classes to Elementary, Middle and High Schools throughout Summit, Lake and Park counties.
Michael Friedman is a widely respected bassist, composer and educator. Michael has been captivating audiences with his bass playing for years. He is a powerful, energetic artist who is capable of going in a variety of musical directions. “His bass playing is as in the pocket as it gets,” wrote Jonathan Widran of the Los Angeles Jazz Scene. “A Colorado mainstay,” wrote Bret Saunders of the Denver Post & KBCO Radio. Michael has become one of the brightest performers on the contemporary jazz/R & B scene.
Friedman has conducted educational workshops that have encouraged young people to excel in the arts. He also has lent his talents to many charitable organizations including the United Way, St. Anthony Health Foundation, Bonfils Blood Center, Habitat for Humanity, the Denver Children’s Hospital, the Children’s Museum of Denver and the Denver School of the Arts.
The masterclass will allow students to get instruction from Michael on improvisation, jazz performance and real world application of music performance.
Looking Ahead: National blues/jazz/gospel singer Hazel Miller and her band will perform a free concert at Colorado Mountain College’s Leadville campus on April 25.
Hazel Miller – Home of the Blues Video
Miller began her two-decade career in Louisville, Ky., where she opened for artists such as Mel Torme, Earl Klugh and James Brown. She has performed at Jazz Aspen Snowmass and wowed crowds at festivals in Dillon, Winter Park and Denver.
This year, Miller sang the national anthem at the inauguration of Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper on Jan. 13 and performed that evening in the Governor’s Inaugural Concert. She also performed at the FIS Alpine Ski Championships in Beaver Creek on Feb. 15, with an estimated 180 million TV viewers.
This concert is sponsored by Colorado Mountain College ArtShare, and will be held at Colorado Mountain College’s Climax Molybdenum Leadership Center, 901 South Highway 24, Leadville, at 7 p.m. Saturday, April 25.