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The Symphony in the Valley Mother Day Concerts will feature young musicians, from left, Secia Klocke, Lindsay Nelson, Aaron Poh and Zachariah Milby. (Peggy Sconce)
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The young classical musician is a rare enough breed, and when they do appear, it is usually on violin or piano. So the fact that Symphony in the Valley’s Mother’s Day Concert features a young conductor and a pair of child singers, as well as a pianist, is notable. Zachariah Milby, a 17-year-old at Glenwood’s Bridges High School, will conduct Mozart’s Symphony No. 1 in E flat major. Secia Klocke, a Glenwood High senior, will sing “My Man’s Gone Now,” from Gershwin’s “Porgy & Bess,” and Lindsay Nelson, a fourth-grader at Aspen Country Day School, will sing Engelbert Humperdinck’s “Song of the Sandman.” Pianist Aaron Poh, a freshman at Aspen High, will be soloist for Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 12 in A major. A grown-up, Steve Cole, will narrate Prokofiev’s “Peter and the Wolf.” Also on the program are two pieces from Holst’s “The Planets,” and Mussorgsky’s “Hopak from the Young Ukrainians.” The 63-piece orchestra is led by conductor Wendy Larson and associate conductor John Bokram. The concerts are set for Saturday, May 13, at the Waldorf School on the Roaring Fork at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, May 14, at Glenwood Springs High School at 2:30 p.m.

All the world over, people curse the name of the dandelion except in Carbondale, where the yellow weed, scourge of allergy sufferers and gardeners, is deemed worthy of celebrating. Dandelion Day, on Saturday, May 13, honors the beneficial uses of the various plants of the genus Taraxacum: The roots, chopped and roasted, make a fine tea; the leaves, when eaten, aid digestion, congestion and water retention. As proved in Dandelion Days past, the weed – or, as Carbondalians would have it, the town’s official flower – can be used to make both wine and beer. (Alas, the event has become alcohol-free.) The eighth annual bash opens with the non-motorized, costume-filled Procession of the Species Parade down Main Street and into Sopris Park. The party continues in the park with the Dandelion Bake-Off, the Slow Bike race, belly dancing, and live music by Waste Deep, the Thrift Store Cowboys and Devon Alves & the Mellow Rollers.

In March, a mass e-mail put a scare in a certain subcategory of local music fans. The message from Steve Standiford, owner of Steve’s Guitars in Carbondale, mentioned increased rent and competition; you held your breath for word that Steve’s, a jewel box of a music venue for the last eight years, was going under. Fortunately, Steve’s existence was termed “fragile,” not “doomed,” and the e-mail was a means of asking for more community assistance in the form of meals and boarding for the musicians, posters – or, yes, monetary donations. There’s no doubting that Standiford has fought the good fight, bringing such notables as Steve Forbert, the Asylum Street Spankers and Hit & Run Bluegrass into the 60-seat room, while providing a quality listening venue for local and regional acts. Fans can support Steve’s – and celebrate Steve’s 56th birthday – Saturday, May 13, with a lineup of local and traveling musicians set to jam. Expect a rowdier night than usual, and expect Standiford to sling a guitar or five.


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