Latest News – April 6

The Mountains Are Alive With Sound of Music

If you’re looking to tap your feet, keep to the beat and yes, even get your groove thing on, then round up the troops or just your favorite music-lover and get out on the town this Friday, April 7 or out on the mountain at Cooper. Warm up with the orchestra and then shake it loose with some strings, or check out some local musicians this afternoon. Here’s the skinny on music in Lead Vegas this weekend.

Alpine Orchestra: “Suites & Treats” Performance

The Alpine Orchestra  will kick off their spring 2017 Concert Series at the Lake County High School Auditorium tomorrow night in Leadville. The show starts at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Apr. 7.

The Alpine Orchestra’s Spring Concert Series will kick off in Leadville on April 7. Photo: Alpine Orchestra.

This season’s performance promises the audience “Suites & Treats.” Conductor by Beth Steele will take listeners on a journey back in time with some popular classical favorites. Attendees can expect everything from The Barber of Seville, by Rossini, to Peer Gynt Suite, by Grieg to The Grand March from Wagner’s Tannhauser! And of course what classicall list would be complete without the Shepherd’s Hymn from Beethoven’s Pastoral Symphony and Mendelssohn’s Nocturne from a Midsummer Night’s Dream.

 If you miss the opening show of the Alpine Orchestra’s Spring Concert in Leadville you can catch them down valley:

  • Saturday, Apr. 8 * 7:30 p.m. at Salida Steamplant.
  • Sunday, Apr. 9 * 3 p.m. at Clearview Community Church in Buena Vista.

According to their website, The Alpine Orchestra began as an idea for allowing local musicians to play together. The group was born May 14, 1991 when some interested people met and made a plan for the acquisition of music,  rehearsal space and set a time for rehearsing.  Fifteen people attended the first rehearsal that June of 1991; they were in donated space with borrowed music and equipment but the orchestra was launched. The Alpine Orchestra’s first concerts followed that August and the group has been preparing and performing 3 concerts a year since.  The Alpine Orchestra incorporated as a non-profit organization in December, 1991.

From those first humble beginnings, the Orchestra has grown into a “family” of 40+ members, all residents of Lake and Chaffee Counties, and ranging in age from 14 to 85.

The Alpine Orchestra performed to a good crowd at Annunciation Church in Leadville in 2015. This year it will be at the high school. Photo: Leadville Today.

Their members include people from a variety of professions, with all levels of education and musical experience. The orchestra has been led by six different conductors, acquiring valuable knowledge, skills and experience from each of them. Through generous donations from ever-growing audiences and from members themselves, the group now has several pieces of equipment, and is building a moderate library of musical compositions.

As it moves forward into its third decade, the Alpine Orchestra continues to strive for excellence in fulfilling its purpose of sharing the enjoyment of music with the community, and expanding opportunities for talented young musicians.

The Alpine Orchestra is a non-profit 501 (c) (3) organization. All concerts are free and family friendly. Donations are graciously accepted to help defray expenses: The Alpine Orchestra, P.O. Box 4305, Buena Vista, CO 81211. Or connect online at the Alpine Orchestra Facebook Page or

Shaky Hands String Band At Scarlet Friday Night

Later on Friday the music continues, but this time on the corner of 4th and historic Harrison Avenue at the Scarlet Bar.  The Shaky Hand String Band will be making a Lead Vegas stop on their Spring Meltdown Tour on April 7.

The Shaky Hands String Band poses on Leadville’s iconic Martin Bridge; they’ll perform at The Scarlet.

According to the Shaky Hand String Band’s website: Playing mainly original music, Shaky Hand String Band has become an outlet to express their imaginations with no barriers or restrictions.  Their passions for eachother and their music creates a memorable experience that you surely won’t want to miss.    

The band formed with a focus on original music, with aspirations to share their sound while touring the globe.  The members consist of Patrick O’Halloran (Banjo/Vocals), Jess Moidel (Violin/Vocals), Todd Webster (Mandolin/Vocals),  Nick Beato (Bass/Vocals).  Each member brings their own special strength to the band in the form of writing, harmonies, melodies, improvisation and rhythm that all make the Shaky Hand sound.  With backgrounds in bluegrass, classical, jazz and choir the band carries a broad seasonal  sound that falls within the bluegrass world, but reaches into the hearts of polka, gypsy, folk and jazz lovers a like. 

Ski Cooper Ends Season on a High Note 

Live music is booked out at Katie O’Rourke’s, the Irish pub at the base of Ski Cooper until April 9. On Thursday, slated to play “Après Ski” are locals and 24 West alumnus George Finnel and Sam Galey. On Saturday its Denver-born Katie Rae with original acoustic folk songs. And finally on closing day, local legends Pitch Black Jazz will play out the final hours of the season. 

Seven days left to ski your heart out at the best kept secret resort, Ski Cooper/Chicago Ridge, where lines are non-existent and runs of fresh corduroy are yours to carve first. Make it a memorable close to another great season, this week! 

Ski Cooper is located just ten miles north of Leadville on US 24 at Tennessee Pass. Get in touch by visiting their website, Facebook, or by calling 800-707-6114.

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