June 15 – July 2, 2016
Off the Hook Arts Festival: at the intersection of music and ideas this summer spotlights revolution and evolution! Filled with collaborations with numerous arts organizations, musicians, speakers, artists, actors and teachers in the local area we welcome our world famous and internationally touring musicians to Fort Collins for our Fifth Festival Season. Along with our outstanding musical performances and thought provoking, inspiring events, we feature three stellar premieres:
- The Origin— an opera-in-progress by composer Bruce Adolphe and libretto by Richard Powers, the 2014 National Book Award fiction winning author. Premiered arias are performed here in Fort Collins, in a collaborative performance event proceeded by a staged reading of the courtroom drama from Inherit the Wind, a discussion of the Monkey Scopes Trial by former Colorado State Senator Dorothy Rupert. Featuring soprano Christine Conover and tenor Joseph Gaines, Jonathan Farwell and guests for our theater reading.
- A World Premiere of Suite for Pete, a new work for guitarist, Eliot Fisk , in memory of Pete Seeger — a three movement work focusing on three civil rights activists in our history who revolutionized justice in American. This multi-media performance with photography and spoken word is written by by our co-artistic director, Bruce Adolphe.
- The long awaited premiere of the new Nickolas Barris movie Einstein’s Light celebrating the greatest revolution in science since Newton, Einstein’s theory of general relativity — 100th anniversary November 2015. With a film score by Bruce Adolphe, performed by violinist Joshua Bell and pianist Marija Stroke, who joins us this summer as one of our festival artists!
- Plus, live music performance of Beethoven, Brahms, Schubert, Adolphe with returning world-touring artists the Miami String Quartet, pianists George Lopez and Maria Stroke joined by their guests, bassist Peter Lloyd, cellist Jay Campbell, dancer Robert Sehr-Machhendl and our Colorado based Festival Artists.
- Intersections: Unity and Diversity — A Juried Art Show, Workshops, Feldenkrais, Summer Arts Camp, free STEAM classes and Family Concerts for All — featuring the Director of the Family Concert Series at The Chamber Music Society at Lincoln Center (NY), Bruce Adolphe!
There’s something this summer for everyone. Stay tuned for upcoming details.
June 4 Third Annual Pianoathon!
A fundraiser at the downtown Northern Hotel with our guest Erard baby grand piano.