Pianist Jacqueline Schwab
and Storyteller Susan Marie Frontczak

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 15, 2016 7:00 PM

Take a delightful journey through American memory

from New York City’s Nola to a South Carolina sea island spiritual – from an Appalachian fiddler’s triumph, to the foibles of high society’s Waltz protocol – from gentle Stephen Foster nostalgia to Robert Service’s harsh reality of a gold mining camp and the piano that solved the mystery.

Susan Marie Frontczak performs both traditional storytelling and living histories of famous women, such as her outstanding previous concerts in the roles of Marie Curie and Eleanor Roosevelt.

Jacqueline Schwab is a folk and classical pianist who has performed in the UK, across the US and on numerous CD’s and public television documentary soundtracks.

Dr.Harlans's Amazing Bluegrass Tonic

SATURDAY, JANUARY 21, 2017 7:00 PM

"Dr. Harlan's Amazing Bluegrass Tonic is one of the best bluegrass bands playing in Colorado right now. Their instrumentation is phenomenal, but what I believe truly sets them apart is their beautiful songwriting and tight vocal harmonies."
-Rachel & Brian Peterson - Five Strings House Concerts

J Dr. Harlan’s Amazing Bluegrass Tonic is a Colorado-based band that provides a mixture of classic, contemporary, and original bluegrass music. The band, which combines their skill in traditional bluegrass standard and ability to craft original songs that range from traditional to newgrass.

IThe band is made up of five members - Todd Friesen on the Guitar, Patrick Padgett on the Banjo, Brad Van Loenen on the Bass, Nate Thompson on the Mandolin and Mike Lord on the Dobro.

"You guys are impressive! A great combination of strong vocalists and dynamic instrumentalists. The inclusion of the word "amazing" in your band's name is perfectly appropriate...It was the only Grass at the Grange show that we sold out this year." -Doris Gray, President of the Colorado Bluegrass Music Society

The Vanguard Combo


The University of Northern Colorado Jazz Studies Program.

“The School of Music at UNC offers award winning, internationally recognized programs, preparing fully engaged leaders in the modern musical landscape.

With over 450 students and 60 faculty, the School of Music continues to build upon an amazing legacy of achievement with an important regional, national, and international presence. The School of Music has been named a Colorado School of Excellence - the highest honor the Colorado Commission on Higher Education can bestow on a program offered by a state institution of higher education – and has received over 100 Downbeat Magazine Awards for our work. Artistic excellence is the norm here. Yet, the School of Music has not stopped there. UNC students are entering the field with something important to offer and our incredible faculty are providing them with the training that will allow their voice to be fully heard. The modern musical landscape has tremendous opportunities in it and our students and faculty are fully engaged and prepared to be leaders in it.” - http://arts.unco.edu/music

The Eklund Opera Theatre Singers


“The Eklund Opera Program (formerly CU Opera) has been designated a “Program of Excellence” by the Colorado Commission on Higher Education. Students from the program have won top awards in the National Opera Association Collegiate Scenes competition 3 out of the last 4 seasons.” -www.colorado.edu

The Eklund Opera Program is directed and produced by a team at The University of Colorado. Leigh Holman is an established stage director in the fields of Opera and Musical Theatre. Nicholas Carthy is the Opera Music Director, with an education from the Guildhall School of Music in London with Mary Peppin and John York. Mutsumi Moteki teaches as a professor at the University of Colorado Bulder, where she teaches singing diction and vocal repertoire.
Jeremy Reger has worked with some of the top vocal performers and coaches in the country, including at the Minnesota Opera, Indiana Opera Theater, the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra and the Ann Arbor Opera. .

The Mendelssohn Trio

SATURDAY, MAY 6, 20177:00 PM

“The Mendelssohn Trio (Erik Peterson, violin; Barbara Thiem, cello; Theodor Lichtmann, piano) was formed in 1988 and is named for Thiem's great grandfather, Franz von Mendelssohn, a nephew of Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy and an important supporter of artists and musicians in the Berlin of the early 20th century. The members of the trio are university professors and in residence at Colorado State University in Fort Collins, Colorado where they give frequent concerts and work closely with the students on chamber music projects.”-www.mendelssohntrio.com

The trio has performed in the United States, Germany, Austria and Switzerland. The trio performs standard 18th and 19th century pieces, as well as 20th century composers such as the Americans Muczynski, Copland and the young Suzanne Sorkin, as well as the Europeans Martinu, Bridge, Martin and Bloch.

The trio is made up of Erik Peterson on the violin, Barbara Thiem on the cello, and Theodor Lichtmann on the piano. Peterson has been a member of the Colorado Symphony Orchestra since 1991, and is concertmaster of the chamber orchestra Up Close and Musical. Thiem has held teaching positions at Iowa State University, the University of Texas at Dallas, several universities in Colorado, and at the University of Wyoming. At present she is Artist-in-residence at Colorado State University. Active as soloist with orchestra and in recitals and chamber music she has been a founding member of the Dallas Piano Trio and the Mendelssohn Trio. Lichtmann has recorded for DECCA, TURICAPHON and SUMMIT where he was the first pianist to record Paul Hindemith’s complete works for Brass and Piano. He is also the featured piano soloist in Gerhwin’s “Rhapsody in Blue” with the DENVER BRASS. He is co-founder of the Mendelssohn Trio.