The 3rd Annual Sounds of Lyons Music Festival will take place on June 3, 4, and 5. The weekend of extraordinary music starts with a stellar line-up with Jayme Stone on banjo, Sandra Wong on nyckelharpa, and Grant Gordy on guitar. They will be joined by festival director and violinist MinTze Wu on the violin and celebrated early music specialist Ann Marie Morgan on viola da gamba in the unusual, hauntingly beautiful timbre for Bach’s Art of the Fugue and music of African, Old-time American, Swedish, and Jewish heritage. This is where the worlds of early music and folk music converge in a new kind of authenticity. The Ensemble-in-Residence, Sage Quartet, is returning for the third time with music of Beethoven, Shostakovich, and Benjamin Britten, revealing duality of which the music presents and the world we live in: conflict and resolution, discordance and harmony, War and Peace. The final concert will devote to a unique“Earth Program”, reflecting on our ever-evolving relationship with the planet earth-a true story of love, betrayal, revenge, forgiveness, and hope. Pianist Alexandra Nguyen, flutist Cobus du Toit, percussionist Luke Wachter and Sapan Rinpoche will join the ensemble to depict this powerful story through music. The evening concerts all start at 8 pm at Rogers Hall, Lyons Community Church, and Wildflower Pavilion in Planet Bluegrass. In addition, there are three mid-day concerts free to the public: “Music Canvas” for children 4 and up to paint while listening to live music, “Music on the River”-string quartet heard at the riverbank of St. Vrain, and “Music Espresso” at The Stone Cup cafe. The 2011 season of Sounds of Lyons promises to be toe-tapping, heart-filling, and soul-uplifting.
Tickets are $40 for all-events pass, $15 for single concert, available online at www.soundsoflyons.com, The Stone Cup, or at the door.