Latest News – April 17

Alpine Orchestra Concert Rescheduled for Monday

The Alpine Orchestra Spring Concert, scheduled for tonight has been rescheduled for Monday night in Leadville due to the weather. Alpine OrchestraThe last couple of days have seen a spring snow storm stalled out over the region, leaving behind at least a half foot of wet, heavy snow creating traffic headaches for travelers.

So music lovers will have to wait until Monday (7:30 p.m.) to see The Alpine Orchestra at Annunciation Catholic Church in Leadville. However, please note that representatives from the orchestra did indicate that the Saturday, April 18, 7:30 p.m. Salida SteamPlant concert, and the Sunday April 19, 3 p.m. ClearView Church, Buena Vista concert will launch on schedule.Obit_Spacer_Thin

Duo to Play St. George’s Saturday for Meal Program

There’s still on opportunity to catch some great live music in town this weekend. Doug Wood (Guitar) and Tara Hanish (Cello) will take to the stage at St. George Episcopal Church tomorrow Saturday, April 18 at 7 p.m.

 Doug Wood (Guitar) and Tara Hanish (Cello) Perform at St. George's Saturday Night, April 18.

Doug Wood (Guitar) and Tara Hanish (Cello) Perform at St. George’s Church in Leadville on Saturday Night, April 18 at 7 p.m. to benefit the community meals program

 The duo is touted as an instrumental group blending acoustic guitar and cello into a fusion of classical, new age, jazz, pop and rock styles. The musicians have been getting solidly good reviews on their live performances as well as their recently released CD.

The benefit  concert starts at 7 p.m. Tickets are $15 (at the door) and proceeds benefit the Community Meals program. St George Church is located at 200 West 4th & Pine Street.

As of now, things are still planning to go off as scheduled; hopefully the weather and roads will clear by Saturday night! You can always call Rev. Ali Lufkin at St. Georges Church to confirm the performance, or if you have any other questions. 719-486-4731.Obit_Spacer_Thin

Hazel Miller Performs on Leadville Campus April 25

By Mike McKibbin 

Mom’s advice paid off for Hazel Miller.

Hazel Miller performs in Leadville April 25.

Hazel Miller performs in Leadville April 25.

It led the now-popular singer to leave her home as a young adult in Louisville, Ky., and eventually travel the world, performing jazz, gospel, blues and R&B.

“When I was 16, she saw me perform in a show and said, ‘You’re good at this. Go, get out of Louisville and see the world,’” Miller recalled. “She wanted me to branch out. So I did.”

While she didn’t quite make it to her destination of Los Angeles, California’s loss was Colorado’s gain, as Miller made Denver her home base for more than three decades.

Miller and her band will perform a free concert on campus at Colorado Mountain College’s Climax Molybdenum Leadership Center, 901 South Highway 24 in Leadville, at 7 p.m. Saturday, April 25.

This concert is sponsored by Colorado Mountain College ArtShare. 

Meeting people highlights Miller’s travels

“Traveling is the best kind of education, too,” Miller said. “You meet so many different people at their levels. And one thing I always see is how we’re all more alike than we are different.”

The band has toured North America, Europe, Asia, the Middle East and Central America and has appeared in countless festivals, concerts and fundraisers. Last winter, Miller toured the U.S. with Big Head Todd and the Monsters, marking the 19th year the two bands have performed together.

The summer of 2014 featured festival appearances in Grand Junction, Del Norte, Pagosa Springs, Frisco, Breckenridge, Erie, Boulder and Telluride, not to mention Mississippi, New Mexico and Wyoming. The band has appeared many times at the historic Red Rocks Amphitheater as the headliner and as an opening act.

“I never get tired of traveling in Colorado,” Miller said.

Adding to music that people know 

The music Miller and her band plan to perform will combine five different “jazz experiences,” she said, including swing, bebop and smooth jazz, along with the blues and gospel.

“We like to make the music enjoyable,” she said. “We took a song written by Stevie Nicks (of Fleetwood Mac), called ‘Dreams,’ and added a smooth jazz tempo with a layer of continental jazz feel. But people still recognize the song, because it’s Fleetwood Mac.”

Miller said the band also put a “funky dance beat” to Lee Ann Womack’s country hit, “I Hope You Dance.”

“We think it’s all right to like every kind of music because it all blends together in the end,” she said. “It’s all music. We hope they like it enough to get up and dance. If we don’t move them, it’s very disappointing.”

Colorado audiences are usually quite active, though.

“I think it’s that Western pioneer spirit, and the fact that Colorado loves all kinds of music,” she said. “It’s almost like they’re waiting for you and they never let you down. So when they jump up and dance, that’s our greatest accomplishment.”

For more information about the Hazel Miller Band in concert, call 970-947-8367. Find more about the vocalist and her band at hazelmiller.biz.

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