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San Juan Chamber MusicFest – “Musiclipse” Family Concert

February 8th, 2016

August 21, 2017 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
Sherbino Theater
604 Clinton St
Ridgway, CO 81432
Sue Hillhouse, OCPAG President


See our musicians' silly side at the Family Concert!

See our musicians’ silly side at the Family Concert!

Celebrate “Eclipse Day” on Monday, Aug. 21 at “Musiclipse”, a fun, free family concert at the Sherbino Theater exploring musical themes that are eclipse-related. The concert begins at 10 a.m., and features Professor Wolfgang Amadeus Schumtzinberry (aka music educator Rami Vamos from the Lincoln Center) along with fellow musicians who are in town for the San Juan Chamber MusicFest. 

After the concert, musicians and audience members will head outside to safely observe the eclipse together. 

Themes that will be explored at the concert include:

  • Being upstaged! The moon has upstaged the sun by getting in it’s way. While it is impolite to stand in front of a fellow musician, it often happens that the melody is passed around, and different musicians get a chance to be louder!
  • What’s happening in our solar system? The moon is spinning. The earth is spinning. The moon is circling the earth, while the earth is circling the sun. All three are round, they are moving around, and moving around each other. That is a lot of roundness. There is a perfect song for this situation.
  • How does a solar eclipse happen? The musicians will represent the moon, earth, and sun, spinning in circles and circling each other to represent the orbs as they play different rhythms on their instruments to evoke the different rhythms of these heavenly bodies. The moon spins around the earth every day. It takes 365 days for the earth to get around the sun though. Let’s listen to some chamber music with fast and slow rhythms.
  • What will it look like for us when the eclipse happens? The sky will change suddenly from bright to dark. How can this happen musically? Different composers use different techniques to go “dark” – loud to soft, fast to slow, major to minor, or combinations of the lot. Let’s listen to a piece and see if there is any moment that sounds like an eclipse, concluding with the opening movement of a very famous classical tune that is moon-related. 

About Wolfgang Amadeus Schmutzinberry

Wolfgang Amadeus Schmutzinberry is the alter-ego of classical guitarist, composer and musical educator Rami Vamos, who hosts the Chamber Music of Lincoln Center’s Chamber Music Beginnings Concert Series, and performs regularly at music festivals across the country.

“Schmutzinberry is a self-proclaimed versatile genius who can sing the songs he writes, play guitar and triangle, and do a bit of pantomime,” Vamos explained. “Even though he doesn’t know basic musical things like what a melody is, what pitch is, what dynamics are, what rhythm is, what meter is, what articulation is, what tempo is, what the difference between a bass and a cello is, or what the difference between a viola and a watermelon is, he manages to compose. He knows that he probably should learn about these things because he is the humblest person in the history of music.”

About the San Juan Chamber MusicFest

The San Juan Chamber MusicFest, OCPAG’s flagship event, features a small group of musicians of international renown, under the artistic direction of pianist Max Levinson, producing a number of concerts and events throughout Ouray County over the course of a week each August.

For a full schedule of events and information about this year’s guest musicians, click here.