The Blue Sage Concert Series kicked off in the summer of 2011 when a small group of volunteers responded to the community’s popular demand for classical chamber music programming right in its own backyard. Within the course of a few months, the group raised funds to purchase a concert grand piano and the Blue Sage Concert Series was officially born in November of the same year.
Today the series continues to be managed by Artistic Director and pianist, Susan Ellinger. Joining the Blue Sage staff in 2012, Susan has worked to develop outreach activities into the local public school system, program the series lineup as well as perform in many of the concerts. A strong outreach initiative supported by both the public school system in Delta County as well as local CO granting organizations connects the North Fork community with advanced music education opportunities rarely seen in a rural area of this size. Housed in the intimate and historic Curtis Hall and seating approximately 160, the Blue Sage Concert Series allows concertgoers to develop a deep personal connection to the music by virtue of its modest size and intimate acoustics.
Recapping our 2017-18 season, October’s Baroque festival was a hit with sold-out performances by Jory Vinikour (harpsichord) and Celine Ricci (Mezzo Soprano). Susan Ellinger’s Schubertiade event was standing room only with a program of solo works by Franz Schubert, and, a celebration of our Artistic Director’s first CD release. The Blue Sage’s inaugural Modern Music Festival featuring Splinter Reeds ensemble and a premiere by composer Paula Matthusen was a first for the series, well-received and supported by our community of concert-goers.
Capping off the season was an appearance by legendary violinist Midori with pianist Ozgur Aydin. A truly unforgettable event.