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Music Festival Reason to Sample Western Town

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS, Colo., March 18 /PRNewswire/ -- Known primarily as a winter ski resort, Steamboat Springs has become a place for the well-heeled to beat the summer heat. America's "second best small town," as named by USA Weekend in December 1995, is nevertheless an affordable Rocky Mountain family getaway. It's close enough to Wyoming (50 miles) and far enough from Denver (150 miles) to retain its cowboy flavor.

Strings in the Mountains Festival of Music is a good reason to visit this charming town. The audience includes visiting mountain bikers and fly fishers alongside locals getting off work in the nearby hay meadows. The pleasant temperatures outside and the warm acoustics inside the performing arts tent complement its picture perfect setting at the base of Mount Werner.

Garrison Keillor of National Public Radio's "Prairie Home Companion," will open the festival on July 1 with his homespun songs and stories of Lake Wobegon. Recent Grammy winner Bela Fleck is among the headliners, along with bassist Edgar Meyer, the Carnegie Mellon Trio and television stars Riders in the Sky. The Tenth Van Cliburn International Piano Competition winner to be announced in June will also present a recital.

The festival's mainstay is the chamber music produced under the artistic direction Pittsburgh Symphony's concertmaster Andres Cardenes. Co-music directors pianist Catherine Collier and violist Yizhak Schotten of Ann Arbor also founded the successful Kapalua (now Maui) Festival in Hawaii. Musicians include other festival directors from Skaneateles, New York (pianist Robert Weirich), Sitka, Alaska (violinist Paul Rosenthal) and Rockport, Massachusetts (pianist David Deveau). Concert commentator Ken Greene hosts a series of nine talks while children are treated to $1 concerts each week. Just entering its tenth season, Strings in the Mountains has already won several awards and has been featured on CBS' Sunday Morning. As a vacation spot, Steamboat Springs offers natural hot springs, golf, tennis, hiking, pioneer museum, fishing, mountain biking, kayaking, and plenty of lodging and restaurants. In fact, the food received a recent feature in Bon Appetit magazine.

The festival continues through August 9 and ticket prices range from $1 to $20. For a full schedule of daily events, call 970-879-5056 or access the Internet at

SOURCE Steamboat Ski & Resort Corp.
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