Off the Hook Summer Chamber Music Festival


PYCH: Project Youth and Chamber Music announces it’s Third Season of Off the Hook. Stirring the creative pot as we strike a theme of  Creativity, from discussion to performance, we delve into artistry and it’s value in our daily lives.

Most happily, we welcome the return of world renowned composer, lecturer, Piano Puzzler, and our very own, Co-Artistic Director Bruce Adolphe, for this year’s contemporary chamber music festival.  Highlights include:

  • pianist, Anne-Marie McDermott, Artistic Director of Bravo! Vail Music Festival,  joins us for a benefit recital
  • chamber music performances for all ages, as well as educational workshops and summer camps
  • and panelists Dr. Dan Beachy-Quick, Dr.Temple Grandin,  Dr. Ioana Uricaru and choreographer, Tony Testa discuss Creativity  with Bruce as moderator.

We hope you find this festival just as fresh and captivating as our first! We look forward to seeing you at all of our events and concerts! Keep reading for our complete 2014 season schedule of events.

Summer Camp: Suzuki and the Fiddler

IMG_7916Tuesday, June 10 – 12

A three day excursion and immersion in Suzuki and Fiddle repertoire. Dr. Jeremy Dittus joins us for Dalcroix classes, understanding music through body movement, and Suzuki Federation guest lecturers lead our Parent Talks, helping parents better understand their role in the musical learning process. Our Faculty includes Everett Goodwin, Emily BowmanKathleen SpringVi Wickam, Cody Stadelmaier, and Dr. Jeremy Dittus.

Time: 9:00 - 2:00, optional Group Master Classes from 2:00 – 4:00

Location: St. John’s Lutheran Church, 305 E. Elizabeth St.
Concert: June 12, 3:45, Old Town Plaza Square
Registration: due June 1

Not for Children Only Concert Series: Bring Your Own Grown-up!
……and your ticket is free.

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Tuesday, June 10

: How is Mozart’s G Minor Piano Quartet Like A Courtroom Trial?

How is a musical piece like a real life story? Is it true that Classical sonata form is a lot like a courtroom trial?!  Find out how Mozart tells a story using music (without words) as composer and public radio celebrity Bruce Adolphe takes you on a scene-by-scene investigation of a crime story commonly called Piano Quartet in G Minor by Mozart! This comic but seriously educational show is for music lovers of all ages and levels of musical accomplishment and especially for students and teachers! — you’ll laugh, you’ll learn, you’ll raise your eyebrows! If you’ve ever thought that music seems to be telling you something but wondered what it was, this entertaining and illuminating exploration of musical meaning is for you.

Mozart, Piano Quartet in g minor, 1st movement:


Erik Peterson, violin
Phillip Stevens, viola
Heidi Mausbach, cello
Rubia Santos, piano

Location: St. John’s Lutheran Church, 305 E. Elizabeth Street
Time: 5:30 – 6:30PM
Ticket: $7 for adults, children under 12 are free


Suzuki and the Fiddler Summer Camp Outdoor Extravaganza!

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Don’t miss the enthusiasm and exuberance of these young musicians as they pour their heart and soul into well-prepared and highly entertaining Suzuki favorites and Fiddling toe tappers! Please join us in the heart of downtown Fort Collins at The Old Town Square Performance Stage to hear these gifted violinists. Enjoy a refreshing beverage at one of the fabulous, outdoor restaurant patios or visit Ben & Jerry’s for that perfect double dip ice cream cone, and stay for the tunes.

Location: Old Town Square Plaza
Ticket: Free


Channeling The Mind’s Ear

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Bruce Adolphe discusses his creative process, journey as a composer, teacher, performer and involvement as composer in residence at The Brain and Creativity Institute in Los Angeles working with Director Antonio Damasio. Musical exercises from his newly published, The Mind’s Ear (Oxford University Press, Oct. 2013) are featured as means to opening up creative freedom in writing, performance, and thinking. Piano performance ties it all together so as to better understand one’s creative process.

Location: Harmony Library in the Round, 4616 S Shields Street
Time: 7:00pm
Ticket: Free, donations welcomed


Chamber Concert I:  COUNTERPOINT/COUNTERPARTS: Baroque Concertos and New-Fangled Reactions

Principal Flute Brook Ellen SchoenwaldSunday, June 15 

Jubal Fulks and Margaret Gutierrez, violins
Phillip Stevens, viola
Sandy Miller, cello
David Crowe, bass
Frank Nowell, harpsichord
Brook Ferguson, flute
Max Soto, oboe

Alessandro Marcello: Concerto in d minor for oboe and orchestra
Vivaldi La Folia, 2 violins and continuo
Adolphe: Bridgehampton Concerto  for flute, oboe, strings, harpsichord
Steve Reich: Vermont Counterpoint (flute plus flute-loops, cereal music!)
Bach Brandenburg Concerto No. 5

Location: St. John’s Lutheran Church, 305 E. Elizabeth Street
Time: 3:3opm  preconcert lecture,  4:00pm  concert
Ticket: $15 for adults, $5 for children under 12


The Creative Community: Imagination in the Arts and Everyday Life
A Symposium

CreativityMonday, June 16

Featuring …Bruce Adolphe, as host
Panelists include: Drs. Dan Beachy-QuickTemple GrandinMichael HoffmannIoana Uricaru, and choreographer Tony Testa

A discussion of what the Creative Process means to a wide array of thinkers: from composer, and host of this symposium, Bruce Adolphe, to writers, painters, Arts promoters, funders, scientists and even the culinary arts, will join us for this discussion of stimulating topics and audience participation.

Location: University Center for the Performing Arts, Organ Recital Hall, 1800 Remington Avenue.
Time: 4:00 – 6:30pm
Ticket: Free to the public, donations welcome.


Not for Children Only Concert Series: Bring Your Own Grown-up!
……and your ticket is free.

Tom_Turkey_thoughtfulTuesday, June 17

Tough Turkey in the Big City is the musical story of a curious bird who’s itching to go beyond the barnyard to see what life is like in the big city. So what happens to a turkey who thinks the Big City is for the birds? Tom Turkey takes us on a grand adventure  There’s a run-in with a chef! There’s a tussle at the Turkey Club! And what happens when this turkey from the sticks meets a Park Avenue pigeon?  It’s a feathered fairy tale gone wrong…or is it? What makes it all so much fun is that Tom Turkey is portrayed by a bass trombone and all the characters in the story are illustrated by small band of versatile virtuosos, including trumpet, clarinet, violin, piano, and drums. Move over Peter and the Wolf, and make room for the hilarious adventures of the Tough Turkey in the Big City! (Composed and narrated by Bruce Adolphe from the piano, with Colorado’s own band of characters……

Ronald Francois, violin
Gregory Harper, bass trombone
Justin Bartells, trumpet
Deborah Marshall, clarinet
Eric Hollenbeck, percussion
Bruce Adolphe, piano

Instrument Highlights|
Bruce Adolphe, Tough Turkey in the Big City

Location: St. John’s Lutheran Church, 305 E. Elizabeth Street
Time: 5:30 – 6:30PM
Ticket: $7 for adults, children under 12 are free


Molto Espress(iv)o. A Musical Discussion

Bruce and Don ParkWednesday, June 18

Have more questions about what Creativity is in this day and age? We’d love to hear your opinion! Come meet Bruce and gain further insight into our festival theme this season. Coffee and conversation!

Location: Everyday Joe’s, 144 S Mason St.
Time: 8:30 – 9:30am
Ticket: Free and open to the public


Improvisation Workshop: On the Spot!  …… for all levels, from beginners to professionals — play together, experiment together, have a blast!
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Wednesday, June 18

Using improvisation exercises discover a deeper level of emotional and technical engagement with spontaneous music-making, no matter what your level or genre of music. Bruce Adolphe inspires participants with creativity expanding exercises from his new book The Mind’s Ear: Exercises for Improving the Musical Imagination (Oxford University Press, Oct. 2013). The final workshop for Poudre School District Improvisation Workshop Series, Melissa Fathman joins Bruce for this event.

Open to the public: audience attendance is welcome and encouraged.
Registration necessary for participants.

Location: Beet Street, 200 Matthews Street
Time: 2:30 – 4:45PM
Cost: free for December Improvisation Workshop participants, $10 for all others.


PYCH’s Summer Fundraiser: Pianist, Anne-Marie McDermott in Recital

Anne Marie McDermott

Friday, June 20

For over 25 years Anne-Marie McDermott has played concertos, recitals and chamber music in hundreds of cities throughout the United States, Europe and Asia. A testimony to her curatorial imagination, she was appointed Artistic Director of the Vail Music Festival in 2011, as well as Curator for Chamber Music for the Mainly Mozart Festival. “A fearless elegance surrounds pianist Anne-Marie McDermott as she has proven to be a force to reckon with, exuding an approachable confidence that showcases her versatility and sophistication….” This fundraiser for PYCH’s year round programming is generously donated by Ms. McDermott for which we are extremely grateful.


Joseph Haydn,  Sonata in G major, Hob.XVI:40
Joseph Haydn,  Sonata in C minor, Hob. XVI: 20
Joseph Haydn,  Sonata in E- flat Major, Hob.XVI: 52
R. Schumann/ F. Liszt, Widmung No. 1, S. 566
Alfred Grunfeld, Soiree DeVienne

Location: St. John’s Lutheran Church, 305 E. Elizabeth Street
Time: 7:00pm
Ticket: $40 for adults, $5 for children under 12




foco cafe logoSaturday, June 21

Have you ever played on a 9-foot concert grand piano? It’s an experience you don’t want to miss…..and this time, it’s the same piano that Anne-Marie McDermott played, just the night before! Now’s your chance to play-what-you-can and pay-what-you-can, so we raise money for two inspiring organizations, FoCo Cafe and Respite Care on Saturday, June 21st.

All ages, skill levels, styles of music, and number of acoustic instruments are welcome to play… just include the piano. All performers in your group make a suggested donation, starting at $5 or more, for every 15 minutes time slot you reserve. We want to create a delicious day of community music making while raising money for these two, very worthy organizations.

For more information on how to register visit our Pianoathon! page and Play It Forward…….

Questions should be directed to Chip Miller,

Location: St. John’s Lutheran Church, 305 E. Elizabeth Street
Time: 9:00am – 9:00pm
Ticket: suggested donation of $5 or more to attend as an audience member

Chamber Music Concert II: A FEASTIVAL OF MUSIC: Scrumptious Solos, Delicious Duos, and a multi-course musical story about a Turkey


Sunday, June 22

Ronald Francois, violin
Gregory Harper, bass trombone
Justin Bartells, trumpet
Deborah Marshall, clarinet
Eric Hollenbeck, percussion
Bruce Adolphe and Silvana Santinelli, piano

Igor Stravinsky, Three Pieces For Clarinet: Sempre piano e molto tranquillo
Maurice Ravel, Alborada del Grazioso for solo piano
Jean-Baptiste Arban, Cavatina and Variations and Fantasie and Variations on the Carnival of Venice
Theodore Gouvy, Les Duettos, op. 34, No. 1 and 3
Johannes Brahms, Sonatensatz (Scherzo) in c minor, from F.A.E.Sonata, for violin and piano, WoO2
Bruce Adolphe, Tough Turkey in the Big City
narrated by Bruce Adolphe

Location: St. John’s Lutheran Church, 305 E. Elizabeth Street
Time: 3:15pm  pre-concert lecture,  4:00pm  concert
Ticket: $15 for adults, $5 for children under 12


To register for workshops please fill out a registration form  and pay registration fee either on line or mail to:

Jephta Bernstein
PYCH: Project Youth and Chamber Music
1001-A E. Harmony Rd. #260
Fort Collins, Colorado  80525