Invitations in mail for Music in the Mountains classical benefit

If you are looking for a fun evening with world-class music, delicious food and an elegant setting – all for a wonderful local cause–– Music in the Mountains and Citizens Bank are inviting you to a special classical music benefit at the Moomaw Ranch on Friday, July 10.

Invitations have been mailed for this unique event, which will feature a performance by Sir Angel Romero, leading member of the world’s most prestigious classical guitarist family. If you want to be added to the invitation list, please contact Janis Moomaw at 970-264-3010 or pagosa@musicinthemountains.com.

World-famous classical guitarist

Sir Angel Romero has been heralded throughout the world as the Spanish maestro of the classical guitar. He has blazed a trail for classical guitar by appearing as soloist in major cultural centers around the globe including London, Paris, Berlin, Vienna, Madrid, Munich, Zurich, Chicago, Los Angeles and New York. He has performed with such leading orchestras as the New York Philharmonic, Cleveland Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic and New World Symphony.

His distinctive interpretations of the classical guitar literature are beloved in live performances and in dozens of critically acclaimed recordings. In 2000, he was presented with Spain’s highest honor, the Grand Cross of Isabel la Catolica, and was knighted in recognition of his astounding musical accomplishments.

Sir Angel last performed in Pagosa Springs in August 2006 in a Music in the Mountains concert that sold out months in advance. His performance at this summer’s benefit is sponsored by Lantern Dancer, a store offering Southwestern and contemporary jewelry in Pagosa Springs.

Funds stay in Pagosa

“Every dollar raised at this special event will benefit our community, helping to fund classical concerts, special musical events, our young people’s school programs and music scholarships in Pagosa Springs,” said Mary Hart, co-chair of the benefit. “The funds also will help host the Music in the Mountains 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.”

In addition to the extraordinary musical entertainment, the evening will include sumptuous hors d’oeuvres prepared by Amy Dunmyre and libations beginning at 6 p.m. – not to mention dessert and coffee under the stars while enjoying the panoramic view of the nearby mountains and valleys from the Moomaw Ranch patio.

As well, guests will receive a gift of the DVD recording of the Music in the Mountains performance of Verdi’s “Requiem.” This concert, conducted by the festival’s music director Guillermo Figuero, features the Durango and Telluride choral societies under the direction of Dr. Linda Mack plus soloists including Yali-Marie Williams, soprano; Gabriela Garcia, mezzo soprano; Rafael Davila, tenor; and Ricardo Lugo, bass.

DVD gift for guests

The DVD includes the entire sold-out concert performed July 27, 2008 at Fort Lewis College as well as the one-hour broadcast version that aired on Rocky Mountain PBS September 25. The broadcast featured commentaries by Figueroa and Mack.

Dress for the benefit is classic western or cocktail attire. Time is 6 to 9:30 p.m. Attendance is limited to 200 guests. Cost is $175 per person, $105 of which is tax-deductible as a charitable donation.

“We promise you an absolutely wonderful evening — and it’s all in support of our local kids,” Hart said.

Among the many youth programs funded by Music in the Mountains in Pagosa were the Red Shoe Trio performances January 29 at the high school auditorium, enjoyed by more than 750 local students. As well, more than 30 Music in the Mountains Conservatory scholarships have been awarded to Pagosa students since 2004, and the festival currently is funding three college scholarships for Pagosa high school graduates going to university to study music.

Citizens Bank is sponsor

Citizens Bank has made a generous contribution to the benefit, as they have done in past years. “We are very grateful to Citizens Bank and Lantern Dancer for their generous support of this event, which provides an ideal opening for our annual Music in the Mountains summer festival in Pagosa Springs,” Hart said.

“We depend on our benefit to raise needed funds for our concerts and youth activities in Pagosa, as ticket sales cover only about a third of our costs. The remaining funds are provided by our corporate sponsors and advertisers, individual donors and benefit attendees,” Hart said.

“That’s why we are so pleased to have such a spectacular venue and exciting classical guitar program for our benefit this year. We hope this event will entice past supporters to join us and also bring new people into our Music in the Mountains family,” Hart said.”

Local volunteer committee

Planning and organizational work on the benefit is being contributed by a local volunteer committee co-chaired by Mary Hart and Teresa Huft that also includes Mary Jo Coulehan, Carole Howard, Janis Moomaw, Ed Lowrance and Valley Lowrance.

Tickets for this benefit evening at the Moomaw Ranch plus the six Music in the Mountains classical, Celtic and country concerts under the tent at BootJack Ranch this summer are on sale at the Pagosa Chamber of Commerce or online at www.musicinthemountains.com. 


Photo courtesy Alex Moomaw
Members of the local Music in the Mountains volunteer committee pause before going to work to assemble invitations to the festival’s annual benefit, which this summer takes place at the Moomaw Ranch on Friday, July 10.  Left to right, seated, are Mary Hart and Teresa Huft, co-chairs, with host Janis Moomaw; standing left to right are committee members Mary Jo Coulehan, Valley Lowrance and Carole Howard.  If you want to be added to the invitation list, contact Janis Moomaw at 264-3010 or pagosa@musicinthemountains.com.  Entertainment at this elegant event will be Sir Angel Romero, leading member of the world’s most prestigious classical guitarist family.  He last performed in Pagosa Springs in August 2006 in a Music in the Mountains concert that sold out months in advance.  Funds raised at this special event will stay in Pagsa Springs, helping to fund classical concerts, special musical events, school programs and music scholarships in our community.  Guests will receive a gift of a DVD containing the Music in the Mountains performance of Verdi’s “Requiem”  last July at Fort Lewis College as well as the one-hour broadcast version that aired on Rocky Mountain PBS in the fall. Dress for the benefit is classic western or cocktail attire. Time is 6 to 9:30 p.m. Attendance is limited to 200 guests.  Cost is $175 per person, $105 of which is tax-deductible as a charitable donation. Tickets for the benefit plus the six highly affordable Music in the Mountains classical, Celtic and country concerts under the tent at BootJack Ranch this summer are on sale now at the Pagosa Chamber of Commerce or on line at www.musicinthemountains.com.