Telluride Chamber Music 2.0: “Invoke” Kicks Off Winter Series, Palm Theatre, 12/21!

Telluride Chamber Music 2.0: “Invoke” Kicks Off Winter Series, Palm Theatre, 12/21!

Professional flutist (and ski instructor) Claire Beard is Executive Director of the Telluride Chamber Music Festival. A co-presentation with Palm Arts, her recently announced winter series promises to be a seamless journey though a variety of musical genres. From INVOKE, the first group of featured artists, expect everything from the string quartet classical repertoire to bluegrass, Americana and holiday sounds.

“We’re really excited about our winter program this year. We are now truly a year-round series and have three fantastic concerts on offer, as well as a new winter version of our Happy Hours coming soon! We aim to provide inspiring concerts that appeal to classical music lovers and newcomers alike. This winter program does exactly that,” explains Claire.

Go here for more about Telluride Chamber Music, now and past.

When: December 21, 6pm
Michael D. Palm Theatre
Advance tickets – $25/Adults, $20/Students
Tickets at Door – $30/Adults, $25/Students

INVOKE, much more:

Described by David Srebnik, SiriusXM Classical Producer as “not classical…but not not classical, “Invoke” continues to successfully dodge even the most valiant attempts at genre classification. The multi-instrumental band’s other ‘not-nots’ encompass traditions from across America, including bluegrass, Appalachian fiddle tunes, jazz, and minimalism. “Invoke” weaves all of these styles together to create truly individual music written by and for the group.

The band has recently garnered major prizes at international competitions including 1st Prize at the M-Prize International Chamber Arts competition in Ann Arbor, MI; 1st Prize in the Coltman Competition in Austin, TX; and the “New Music/New Places” prize at Concert Artists Guild Victor Elmaleh Competition in New York.

“Invoke” has shared the stage with some of the most acclaimed ensembles in the country, from the Ensō Quartet to the U.S. Army Field Band. The ensemble has also appeared with musicians in greatly varying genres from chamber rock powerhouse San Fermin to DC beatboxer/rapper/spoons virtuoso Christylez Bacon.

“Invoke”’s debut release Souls in the Mud, and the follow-up Furious Creek, both feature original works composed by and for the group.

“Invoke” believes in championing diverse American voices, including their ongoing commissioning project, “American Postcards,” which asks composers to pick a time and place in American history and tell their story through “Invoke”’s unique artistry.

“Invoke” is currently based in Austin, Texas.

Coming up:

‘SUSTENANCE’ – January 29, 2023, 6pm @ Michael D. Palm Theatre

Telluride Chamber Music and Telluride Dance Collective team up once again to bring a music and dance collaboration by talented local artists.

Buy tickets now!

TESSA LARK – March 26, 2023, 6pm @ Michael D. Palm Theatre

Talented Grammy Award-winning violinist returns to Telluride.

Buy tickets now!

(A perfect holiday gift!)

The Telluride Chamber Music was reborn in 2021 into a year-round program that brings in the highest caliber of musicians from around the country and also celebrates the Telluride region’s local artists.

Moving in this direction has taken Telluride Chamber Music to a new level and the nonprofit is very excited for all future events: innovative concerts and education projects of exceptional quality that will keep classical music alive and inspiring in our box canyon.

Producing year-round events cannot be done without community support. To enable Telluride Chamber Music to continually provide the highest quality programming, the nonprofit is launching a new annual membership program.

Enjoy concerts that match the beauty of our majestic peaks and become a member. Your contribution will help foster the music community and keep the arts alive in Telluride. Donations can be directed to a specific program, or to the general fund which helps with artist fees, education programs and operating expenses.

Membership Levels:

Ajax – $100

Sunshine – $250

Palmyra – $500

Sneffels- $1000

Wilson – $2500+

Perks include access to special member events, priority booking and seating, thank you gift and more!

Become a member today!

Claire Beard, more!

Claire Beard

Claire Beard graduated an award-winner from the Royal Academy of Music in 2008 where she studied with Michael Cox, Clare Southworth and piccolo with Patricia Morris.

Orchestral work has taken Claire as far as China and India and included her playing with world-class ensembles such as the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, London Contemporary Orchestra and London Mozart Symphony Orchestra.

Claire has also performed in shows such as “Phantom of the Opera,” “The Lion King” and “Wicked!”

As a passionate educator Claire has run many workshops including with English National Ballet, the Symphony Orchestra of India, YMAT program in London’s underprivileged schools. She also worked as the flute tutor for the Kenya National Youth Orchestra.

Claire has always enjoyed the variety of a freelance career, which has taken her everywhere from playing in the BBC proms to Beethoven with Sir Colin Davis, jazz with Ronnie Scotts, backing pop stars, playing for prime ministers and royalty, even coaching musicians for a BBC TV series with Top Gear’s James Mae.

Claire Beard now lives in Telluride where she combines her love of mountains and skiing with her passion for music. She is now Executive Director of Telluride Chamber Music.

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