My, how far they’ve come
SILVERTHORNE – As the community in Summit County grows, so, too does the quality of musicianship.The Summit Concert Band and the Summit Choral Society demonstrate the talent in the county with a free joint concert at 7 p.m. Monday at the Silverthorne Pavilion.The program blends popular and holiday music, including Christmas songs (“O Come, O Come Emmanuel,” “Lo, How a Rose Is Blooming,” “Sleigh Ride,” “Silent Night” and selections from “The Nutcracker”) an Israeli song and a special tune dedicated to troops overseas.But the real treat is seeing just how far both organizations have come.The Summit Choral Society has become tighter and stronger after changes in conductors. Ann Erdle, the current conductor, began a couple of months ago.”I was very pleasantly surprised,” Erdle said. “They’re very good. And they’re starting to work together and listen to each other more. It sounds like one solid choir versus four separate parts. They’re a fun group. It’s more upbeat now. They’re enjoying it, and it shows. The camaraderie is there, and it makes the music tighter. We’re more in synch with each other.”The chorus performs two or three formal concerts a year and several informal concerts throughout the county.
Like the chorus, the Summit Concert Band mostly performs informal concerts – about one a week in the summer. It, too, is made up of a diverse group ranging from novice to professionals. And it’s been improving steadily.The band started on the back of a flat-bed truck during Breckenridge’s Ullr Parade in 1982. By 2002, 30 members from five neighboring counties belonged to the band.”We’ve performed a higher quality of literature in the last two years, and the quality of musicianship has improved as a result of the high interest in the band,” said band conductor Jim Knapp. “The best part is our instrumentation has improved. We have great representation of all of the instruments in a concert band. It’s more balanced and more blended. As a result, we’re performing more challenging and interesting literature, and that attracts more people.”Even the audience has grown. In the past, the band didn’t gear its repertoire to audiences as much, but now it focuses on favorite marches, movie music, pop music and Broadway tunes, Knapp said.Both organizations accept new members. For more information on the band, visit http://www.summitconcertband.org. For more information on the chorus, call (970) 453-2305.
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