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Digital Con Brio

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Despite construction closures and tremendous traffic jams, people came out to the streets Friday night to hear a variety of Streetmosphere musicians. This was the first weekend of the summer where the majority of performers have been musical, with Susan K. Dailey being the only visual artist on the lineup.

People loved the unique sounds of the four musical groups: MDT 3, the Steve Johnson Group, the Fort Collins Four Tuba Quartet, and the String Quartet Con Brio.

I’ve already written about the Fort Collins Four Tuba Quartet and the Steve Johnson Group, but MDT 3 and the String Quartet Con Brio deserve some attention.

MDT 3 is a trio of both traditional and digital instruments. The most eye-catching instrument in the ensemble is the Morrison Digital Trumpet, a completely electronic instrument that can produce sounds within a 10-octave range. Only about 100 of these unique instruments can be found in the United States. Along with the Morrison Digital Trumpet, the three musicians in MDT 3 rotate between the more conventional brass trumpet, the flugelhorn, the mellophone, the guitar, and the drums.

In contrast to MDT 3, the String Quartet Con Brio is a group of four women playing non-digital, non-electronic instruments. The quartet consists of two violins, a viola, and a cello. The group members enjoy playing classic pieces, such as Bach, Beethoven, and Dvorak, but they also like to spice things up with more modern pieces, such as Rascal Flatts and Coldplay. The quartet can also occasionally get into jazzy moods, covering the works of Gershwin and Joplin, among others.

If you’ve missed out on any of these fabulous groups, there are only four weeks left to check them out! For more information about Streetmosphere artists and schedules, be sure to check out our Facebook page or our website. While you’re there, be sure to take our survey to let us know what you think for a chance to win a prize! And don’t forget, while you’re at next week’s event, pick up a guidebook to learn more about our sponsors!

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