It was another cold day in Westcliffe – so cold that feeding the birds at dawn, my bare face felt as though it were hot. But the day warmed up – fueled in part by the resounding success of the postcard project and later in the day by the ATIUS Quartet playing a program sponsored by In Concert – dedicated to bringing classical music to The Valley.
Briefly, the postcard project in an international campaign to speak up and shout out to our elected officials. The object is to write our representatives and share our concerns. Sunday, January 29 was the first write-in. Nine more postcard writing sessions will follow. Writing my Congressional representative at home is lonely; writing in a group is heartwarming. I am not alone. If you are not already participating in this project, check out WOMENSMARCH.COM/100. Jump-start a postcard writing project in your community.
Hot on the heels of 60 citizens writing some 475 cards, I crossed the street to the Jones Theater and listened to a classical music program presented by the Altius Quartet. To hear such wonderful music coming from the strings of such young men was a humbling experience. Their youthful vitality was a breath of fresh air. How exciting that the musicians connected not only with a standing ovation of appreciative adults on Sunday but also with the elementary and high school students on Monday.
The quartet, comprising musicians Andrew Giordano, Joshua Ulrich, Andrew Krimm, and Zachary Reaves played an inspired program to include works by Schubert, Haydn, Mendelssohn, and Beethoven. To this mix, that Reaves called a “mash-up,” they added numbers popularized by Led Zeppelin, Dave Brubeck, and Journey. Reaves introduced his classical arrangements of popular standards saying, “These tunes… they are familiar [to a younger audience] but the tunes are coming to them in a different format.” After playing Reaves’ first adaptation, “Stairway to Heaven/Kashmir,” Reaves laughed, “Not bad for guys in suits, right?”
Thank you to the In Concert Board of Directors, to those who support In Concert through the Spirit Campaign, and especially to Cliff Lanes and Rancher’s Roost who sponsor the musicians going into the schools and introducing classical music to the youth of Custer County.