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Get your Lyons share of culture: Sounds of Lyons and Lyons Studio Tour this weekend


Photo courtesy of Sounds of Lyons

This weekend on June 5th and 6th (Saturday and Sunday), both the Sounds of Lyons Music Festival and the Lyons Studio Tour will be in full swing. Heading out to Lyons for a day or the full weekend is a perfect little getaway or staycation. Both of these events are family friendly activities too.

The 2nd Annual Sounds of Lyons Music Festival is firmly rooted in the belief that music transcends boundaries of genre, of class, of tradition, and most importantly, of cultures. The concerts are deliberately small and informal, with ample opportunity for audience and performer to mingle and share ideas.

We believe that the best outcome for any music event is to have the experience that is created become the center of the stage, shaped and enjoyed by both the performer and the audience,” says MinTze Wu, Director of Sounds of Lyons.

“We also believe that it is important for classical music, so often linked with stuffy concert halls and black tie attire, to become more accessible, more understandable, and re-connected to the music from which it draws so much inspiration,” says Wu.

The Sounds of Lyons presents the programs with other forms of artistic expression, both visual and written, since these forms are already so entwined with music. This year Sounds of Lyons will continue their exploration with the most celebrated chamber music of Beethoven and Brahms, an experimental ensemble piece in the theme of Greek Mythology, and a musical journey that meanders through Baroque, traditional Irish, and contemporary classical music.

The world-class Ensemble-in-Residence, the Sage Quartet (MinTze Wu, violin, Joseph Meyer, violin, Yoko Okayasu, viola, Michael Graham, cello) will collaborate in different configurations in all three programs to bring provide an engaging experience of classical music. “We are also extremely excited about our guest artist, clarinetist Daniel Silver, the students from Lyons Middle/High School, as well as many local talents that will be featured in the 2010 productions,” says Wu.

The three different venues hosting the concerts enhance the contrasting atmospheres of the three programs: Lyons Community Church, Roger’s Hall, and Wildflower Pavilion.

The Sounds of Lyons schedule of events

The Sage Quartet with student readers and performers (TBA in March)
Saturday, June 5, 2010, 8 pm
Roger’s Hall, 442 High Street, Lyons, CO

Satie Gymnopaedia, Ravel String Quartet in F major, Szymanowski String Quartet No.1 in C major

The Legendary
The Sage Quartet and Daniel Silver, Clarinet
Sunday, June 6, 2010, 2 pm

Lyons Community Church, 350 Main Street, Lyons, CO

Beethoven String Quartet op.127, Brahms Clarinet Quintet in B minor

Passage: Finding Bach
The Sage Quartet with Steve Wharton, bodhran and Jon Sousa, guitar

Sunday, June 6, 2010, 8 pm
Wildflower Pavilion

Planet Bluegrass, Lyons, CO

Arvo Pärt – Fratres, Bach Violin Partita No.2 in D minor, Arvo Pärt - Spiegel im Spiegel

Festival passes are $35 adults, $25 students and seniors. Single tickets are $15 adults, $10 for students and seniors.

To tickets and more information about the Sounds of Lyons Music Festival, please visit their website at

Photo courtesy of Lyons Studio Tour

The 2010 Lyons Studio Tour will take place both days (June 5th and 6th) from 11 am to 6 pm. If you have not participated in the Lyons Studio Tour before, it is as easy as 1-2-3:

  1. Get a map of the studio tour.

  2. Decide on the art medium that you are excited about. There will be pottery, painting, jewelry, sculpture, photography, letterpress, botanical art, collage, installation, plant art, furniture, hand crafted purses, stone art, kinetic art and magical secret gardens and more to choose from.

  3. Or choose an artist or location you wish to visit.

  4. Make a day of it by combining the tour with food and fun such as a Sounds of Lyons concert.

For more information about the 2010 Lyons Studio Tour, please visit their website at

Shoshana Fanizza is the founder of Audience Development Specialists.  For writings specifically about audience development, please visit the Audience Development Blog.


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