Tiny Porch Series

Breckenridge Music Festival

Tiny Porch Series


August 11

Aug 11


Carter Park on AirStage

Set in charming historic properties throughout Breckenridge and hosted by Artistic Director & Conductor Steven Schick, these casual outdoor mini-events mix storytelling with original music and friendly conversation. Bring your own chair!

Storyteller: Maureen Nichols

Lisa Atkinson


Kyle Armbrust, viola

Alex Greenbaum, cello

Steven Schick, percussion

Reena Esmail

The Light is the Same

Jessica Petrasek, flute/picc

Alex von der Embse, oboe

Ran Kampel, clarinet

TK DeWitt, bassoon

AnneMarie Cherry, horn


Violin Duos

Teasing Song, Andante

New Year’s Song, Allegro

A Fairy Tale, Molto Tranquillo

Wedding Song, Adagio

Sorrow, Lento

Pizzicato, Allegretto

38 Rumanian, Whirling Dance Allegro

Kate Hatmaker, violin

Meghan Jones, violin

In Partnership with

Tiny Porch Series
Steven Schick Artistic Director + Conductor

Percussionist, conductor, and author Steven Schick was born in Iowa and raised in a farming family. Hailed by Alex Ross in the New Yorker as, “one of our supreme living virtuosos, not just of percussion but of any instrument,” he has championed contemporary percussion music by commissioning or premiering more than one hundred-fifty new works. The most important of these have become core repertory for solo percussion.

Steven Schick is music director of the La Jolla Symphony and Chorus and the artist director Breckenridge Music Festival. He is artistic director emeritus of the San Francisco Contemporary Music Players. As conductor, Schick has appeared with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, the Milwaukee Symphony, Ensemble Modern, the International Contemporary Ensemble, and the Asko/Schönberg Ensemble.

In 2020, Steven Schick won the Ditson Conductor’s Award, given by Columbia University for commitment to the performance of American music.

Schick’s publications include a book, “The Percussionist’s Art: Same Bed, Different Dreams,” and numerous recordings including the 2010 “Percussion Works of Iannis Xenakis,” and its companion, “The Complete Early Percussion Works of Karlheinz Stockhausen” in 2014 (Mode). For the latter, he received the Deutscheschallplattenkritikpreis for the best new music release of 2015. He was inducted into the Percussive Arts Society Hall of Fame in 2014.

Steven Schick is committed to using music as an agent for positive change in people’s lives. In 2018, he curated and was conductor and percussion soloist in, “It’s About Time,” a festival of the San Diego Symphony designed to highlight the musical dimensions of the cross-border area. In 2021, also with the San Diego Symphony, he will curate “In the Name of the Earth,” a festival dedicated to understanding the impact of the climate crisis in the San Diego region. With his wife, Brenda, he has established the “Brenda and Steven Schick Commission,” for an annual new orchestral work, responding to themes of “social and environmental optimism.”

Steven Schick is Distinguished Professor of Music and is the inaugural holder of the Reed Family Presidential Chair at the University of California, San Diego.

Breck Music Presents

The Motet

Dec 18 @ 8pm | RIverwalk Center

Throughout history, unity starts on the dancefloor. From ancient tribal cultures to neon night clubs, beats bring bodies together. Once grinding and grooving in unison, the movement generates friction, sparks, and light. That might just be the purest form of energy on the planet. The Motet harness such energy on their ninth full-length, Death or Devotion. In fact, the Denver septet—Dave Watts [drums], Joey Porter [keys], Garrett Sayers [bass], Ryan Jalbert [guitar], Lyle Divinsky [vocals], Drew Sayers [sax], and Parris Fleming [trumpet]—encode a message in their energetic mélange of boisterous badass funk, swaggering soul, and thought-provoking pop.