Elevated | Moonwalk, Music and Tales of the Night
by Leslie Vreeland
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ALTIUS QUARTET – The four young award-winning string musicians who comprise the Altius Quartet offer a concert at the Montrose Pavilion Sunday, Oct. 20. Their performance is the season opener for the 2013-2014 Western Slope Concert Series. (Courtesy photo)
ALTIUS QUARTET – The four young award-winning string musicians who comprise the Altius Quartet offer a concert at the Montrose Pavilion Sunday, Oct. 20. Their performance is the season opener for the 2013-2014 Western Slope Concert Series. (Courtesy photo)

In Ridgway: Moonwalk Starry Night

Since July, the Town of Ridgway has hosted Moonwalks – monthly art outings timed to the full moon. The event was designed to be a series of gallery tours; so far, the evening strolls, and an outing by bicycle, have surveyed the historic business district and offered tours of working artists’ studios. This month’s Moonwalk gets more interactive. The gallery tours are gone for now, replaced by…well, who knows? Public art, the exact results of which remain to be seen, since the art is being created not only in public, but by the public, beginning at 4 p.m. this Saturday in Hartwell Park. There will be a community colored-glass mosaic project, pumpkin carving, a mural project, and yarn bombs, a form of “guerilla knitting” in which local landmarks – tree trunks, benches, even city bridges and cars – are whimsically festooned in brilliantly colored blankets, sweaters and other knitwear. So the outdoors can dress up for winter, just like we do. (The event’s organizers are asking knitters to please bring along extra scarves to help decorate the park.)

After the art making, around 6 p.m., there will be a short lantern and “pumpkin glow” parade, followed by an outdoor screening of The Goonies (if the weather’s too chilly, the movie will be shown indoors). Plus food and drink for kids and adults. What isn’t on the menu: where the art will eventually reside. It’s too soon to tell, said Diedra Silbert, community and economic-development coordinator for the Town of Ridgway; it depends what the artists come up with. Next month, Silbert will help coordinate a Moonwalk that will explore alley poetry and art in Ridgway – creations that reside, quite literally, off-the-beaten path. To date, there is no map to point you to these works. “We want to keep that sense of discovery,” Silbert said. “The best part is when you just come upon something.” Or just happen to make it, in the spontaneous spirit of this Saturday. You never know where the creative spark will take you, one step at a time.

Altius String Quartet in Montrose

The Plowman national chamber music competition, “one of the most prestigious events of its kind,” according to an article about a Plowman winner on the Yale University School of Music’s website, took place this past April.

 The Altius Quartet took first prize in Piano and Strings. “We went crazy,” says the group’s cellist, Zachary Reaves. “It was our first-ever competition. We were just excited to be there.”

They’ll play Grand Junction this Friday night, and in Montrose this Sunday afternoon, as season opener for the Western Slope Concert Series, now in its 15th year. The Series is sponsored by the musical Mientka family of Grand Junction; Kathryn Mientka, its grande dame and co-founder, along with her late husband, Tyne Mientka, will accompany Altius on Dvorak’s hauntingly beautiful Piano Quintet in A Major, Op. 81, first performed in Prague in January, 1888. The piece nearly didn’t make it to fruition. Dvorak had grown dissatisfied with another Quintet in A Major he’d  composed 16 years earlier and, despite its being well-received by the public, destroyed the manuscript. Luckily, one of his friends rescued the pieces, and from the remnants, a decade-and-a-half later, Dvorak composed a new work. The program also includes Schubert’s String Quartet No. 14 in D, also known as Death and the Maiden, written after the composer had struggled through a serious illness and realized he was dying. The work was first performed in a private home, and wasn’t even published until three years after Schubert passed away. Yet today, it is one of the most famous pieces of chamber music.

The program concludes with a quartet by contemporary composer Phillip Glass. So many of the great chamber music composers are from Central Europe (Beethoven, Haydn) or Eastern Europe (Bartok, Dvorak) or the U.S.S.R. (Shostakovich), Reaves said. “It’s always nice to play a quartet by a U.S. composer, especially one who’s still alive.” The Montrose concert is at the Pavilion, at 3 p.m. Tickets are available online, at junctionconcerts.com, or at the door.


Michel Ocelot Movie in Telluride

The Telluride Horror Show has come and gone, but what about a slightly scary movie for the little ones? A film that adult sensibilities might take to, too? The Telluride Film Festival’s Sunday at the Palm series screens Tales of the Night, from the critically acclaimed French animator Michel Ocelot, a week from this Sunday. The director specializes in folk tales, and the ones here are exotic excursions into the mildly creepy dark, including “Night of the Werewolf” and “Jon Jon in the Land of Not Knowing,” set in a land of the dead. The movie is a New York Times Critics’ Pick. “The narratives – involving princesses, sorcerers, dragons, talking animals – are familiar,” wrote the paper’s critic, Andy Webster. “But Mr. Ocelot invigorates them with lyricism: silhouettes evoke shadow plays, and often brilliant palettes reflect the cultures presented. ‘Tales’ happens to be his first foray into 3-D. But his craft needed little tweaking; his gentle sensibility yields abundant pleasures by itself.” The 84-minute film screens at the Palm Theatre Sunday, Oct. 27 at 4 p.m. Admission is free, as are Halloween treats.


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