Sagebrush Strings play inaugural concert
September 7, 2012
If you enjoy Mozart or Haydn, chamber ensembles or the Summit Community Orchestra, those are all good reasons to head to Dillon Sunday for the inaugural concert of the Sagebrush Strings, a new, all-local ensemble made up of some of the orchestra’s principal players.The free concert is sponsored by Summit Public Radio & TV and is one of many offerings this weekend for Fall for the Arts, a countywide arts celebration. This is the second year that Summit Public Radio, purveyor of free radio and television broadcasting in Summit County, brings classical music to Fall for the Arts. “We try to present at least a couple classical music concerts every year as a way of saying ‘thanks’ and giving back to our classical music-loving listeners throughout Summit County,” said Sue Greene, SPRTV president. The new Sagebrush Strings ensemble features Natalie Koob and Jessica Moidel on violin, Angie Janson on viola, Jim Kohn on cello and guest artist Linda Shea on clarinet.In addition to playing first violin with the Summit Community Orchestra, Natalie Koob serves as associate concertmaster of the Greeley Philharmonic Orchestra. She lives and has a teaching studio in Breckenridge, where she also enjoys outdoor mountain recreation.Violinist Jessica Moidel is the associate concertmaster of the Summit Community Orchestra. Moidel has a music studio in Frisco, where her practice runs the gamut from classical to metal to gypsy. Apparently, she’s not bad at skiing or biking either. Violist Angie Jansen is the concertmaster of the Summit Community Orchestra, though she may be best known in Summit circles for playing violin and fiddle in the local band, Rojos Calientes. Also an avid outdoorswoman adept in various musical genres, Jansen’s prowess ranges from Bach and bluegrasss to funk and gypsy jazz, rafting and skiing to mountain biking and swimming. Summit Community Orchestra principal cellist Jim Kohn performed at last year’s Fall for the Arts too. A cellist since the age of 14, Kohn is also “an obsessed alpine skier and serious golfer.” He lives in Frisco with his longtime partner Brian and their two springer spaniels. The Sagebrush Strings will perform two classical masterpieces: Haydn’s String Quartet in G major, and Mozart’s Quintet for Clarinet and String Quartet. Summit High School music director and band teacher, Linda Shea, will join on clarinet for the Mozart piece. While “somewhat challenging to perform,” the two pieces are very listener-friendly and promise to delight, according to Kohn. “The Haydn String Quartet is full of expressive energy, and has an air of good nature and joy of living – a perfect expression of Summit County in the fall,” Kohn said. “The Mozart Quintet remains exceptionally popular today due to its lyrical melodies. Some may also recognize it from being showcased in the famous last episode of the long-running TV series, ‘M*A*S*H.'” The concert takes place at Lord of The Mountains Lutheran Church, 56 Hwy. 6 in Dillon on Sunday from 2-3:30 p.m. A meet-and-greet will follow the inaugural performance.