Music Scene, May 11-17
Local musician Tyme Mientka was a cellist and co-founder and director of the Western Slope Concert Series.
And he was a husband and father.
Mientka died March 31, at age of 55, from cancer. In memory of Tyme, his children Gabe and Stephanie and wife Kathryn, will present “The Mientka Concert” at three venues.
Tyme Mientka’s “heart and soul was performing,” Kathryn Mientka told The Daily Sentinel in April, in a story about her husband of nearly 30 years.
Tyme Mientka helped organize more than 200 concerts since the series’ inception in 1999. He performed at numerous other area shows as cellist in the Celtic band FEAST, and he was a former member of the Grand Junction Symphony Orchestra and part of the Mientka Duo. Kathryn Mientka, a pianist, was the other member of the duo.
Tyme Mientka’s final performance was in May 2011, with his wife. He was diagnosed with cancer in June 2011 and never recovered or regained his strength to play the cello again, Kathryn said.
“The Mientka Concert” will be at 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 11, at the Roper Ballroom, 136 N. Fifth St., in Grand Junction; 7:30 p.m. Saturday, May 12, at the Paradise Theater, 215 Grand Ave., in Paonia; and at 3 p.m. Sunday, May 13, at the Montrose Pavilion in Montrose.
According to a news release, the concerts will feature music that Tyme Mientka loved to play and will include a Brahms Trio, Faure’s “Elegy” and many gems from the romantic literature.
All seats are reserved and start at $9 in advance and $12 at the door for adults.
Call 241-4579 or go to http://www.JunctionConcerts.com for information and tickets.