Music in the Mountains announces 2009 concerts

Now that everyone has 2009 calendars in hand, Music in the Mountains is announcing details of its eighth season in Pagosa Springs, with the thought that you will want to save the dates for these extraordinary events this coming summer.

Thanks to the generosity of David and Carol Brown, the concerts once again will take place on the spectacular grounds of BootJack Ranch, beginning at 6:30 p.m., with an amazing variety of music, from classical to Celtic.

The festival opens July 15 with Irish fiddle legend Eileen Ivers, back by popular demand.

On July 17, award-winning students from the Music in the Mountains Conservatory will be showcased.

On July 23, Cleveland Pops founder and conductor Carl Topilow returns with the full festival orchestra, an encore to his hugely popular pops concert last summer. July 25 brings a another special event, with details now being firmed up.

The following week the festival returns to its classical roots as music director and violinist Guillermo Figueroa and his sister, renowned pianist Ivonne Figueroa, will play with a chamber group on July 28. They return July 31 with the full festival orchestra for a special closing concert in keeping with this summer’s remarkable repertoire.

As always, ticket prices for these concerts are very affordable, ranging from $40 to $60. Special lower student prices also will be offered at all of the classical concerts.

Tickets go on sale on Monday, April 6 at the Pagosa Chamber of Commerce or on line at www.musicinthemountains.com. Gift certificates also are available.

As a fitting prelude to this exceptional series of concerts, the Music in the Mountains annual benefit will be held at the Moomaw Ranch on Friday, July 10, featuring Sir Angel Romero, heralded throughout the world as the Spanish maestro of the classical guitar. Every dollar raised at this special event will stay in our community, helping to fund concerts, school programs and music scholarships in Pagosa Springs.

The funds also will help host the festival’s annual free summer Family Festivo community concert for “kids of all ages” in Town Park, which this year will take place on Thursday, July 23.

“We are greatly excited by this lineup of musical events,” said Janis Moomaw, chair of the Pagosa Springs steering committee, a group of local volunteers that includes Mary Jo Coulehan, Mary Hart, Carole Howard, Teresa Huft, Kate Kelley, Ed Lowrance, Valley Lowrance and Sally Neel. “Of course we also are especially pleased that we will be returning to the festival tent on BootJack Ranch for our concerts again this summer.”

To make all of this happen in Pagosa Springs, Moomaw said that the festival needs local support more than ever. “Ticket sales cover less than a third of our costs. We work hard to control our expenses, and all the planning and organizing of our Pagosa events is done by local volunteers. But still we have a major shortfall between ticket revenues and concert costs.”

Moomaw pointed out that there are a variety of ways to support the festival in Pagosa Springs, including becoming a donor, a sponsor or an advertiser in the program. For more information on these opportunities, or to get on the mailing list for all Pagosa Springs Music in the Mountains events, contact her at 264-3010 or janismoomaw@centurytel.net.

“We look forward to seeing everyone at our concerts and our benefit, where the Music in the Mountains tradition of musical excellence will continue to expand,” she promised.


Photo courtesy Music in the Mountains
Music in the Mountains music director and conductor Guillermo Figueroa returns to Pagosa Springs this summer for his second season in this key role.  He also is music director of the New Mexico Symphony and principal guest conductor of the Puerto Rico Symphony.  A renowned violinist who plays a 1686 Stradivari known as “Figueroa Strad,” he will conduct the full festival orchestra and also perform in two concerts during this eighth season in Pagosa Springs.  The concerts once again will take place on the spectacular grounds of BootJack Ranch, beginning at 6:30 p.m., with an amazing variety of music from classical to Celtic. Ticket prices for these concerts are very affordable, ranging from $40 to $60. Special lower student prices also will be offered at all of the classical concerts. Tickets go on sale on Monday, April 6, at the Pagosa Chamber of Commerce or online at www.musicinthemountains.com.  Gift certificates also are available.