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Variety of musical styles at Music in the Mountains
Friday, November 12, 2010

There is music to delight almost any musical taste in this year’s Music in the Mountains festival season. Pagosa Springs launches its eighth concert season with a spectacular lineup of guest artists.

The season begins on Wednesday, July 15, with the return of the electrifying Celtic fiddler, Eileen Ivers and her band Immigrant Soul. Brought back by popular demand, this nine-time all Ireland fiddle champion and band returns with her vivacious, smile-igniting, toe-tapping musical charm. Tickets $45

On Friday, July 17, the Clavier Trio will grace the Pagosa stage performing works by Russian composer Anton Arensky and early romantic composer Franz Schubert. The performance was considered to be one of the highlights of the 2007 Music in the Mountains Festival and their return provides another opportunity to enjoy the music of this amazing trio. Tickets $40

On Thursday, July 23, popular conductor Carl Topilow will return to the BootJack Ranch tent with the full Festival Orchestra. Founder of the Cleveland Pops Orchestra, Topilow brings a night of music from the Big Band Era. Tickets $60

Country music fans are in for a real treat on July 25, with Texas-based singer-songwriters Bruce Robison and his special guest, Kelly Willis. Robison, hailed by Billboard Magazine as “One of the best new breed of singer-songwriters in Texas and beyond,” will be joined by his wife, Kelly Willis, a highly acclaimed singer song-writer in her own right. Tickets $45

Two exceptional classical concerts will conclude this festival season. On July 28 Guillermo Figueroa will be the featured soloist on violin along with his sister, pianist Ivonne Figueroa in a chamber music program including Grieg’s “Sonata no. 3” and Dvorak’s “Piano Quintet in A.” Tickets $40

The festival’s grand finale features the Music in the Mountains Festival Orchestra under the baton of Guillermo Figueroa on July 31 playing favorites by Haydn and Listz. Festival musicians come from all over the world and are among the country’s finest orchestras, each player a highly skilled performer in his or her own right.

Music in the Mountains is a non-profit organization headquartered in Durango. A local volunteer steering committee that includes Janis Moomaw (chair), Mary Jo Coulehan, Mary Hart, Carole Howard, Teresa Huft, Kate Kelley, Ed Lowrance, Valley Lowrance, Margaret Kleiner, Sally Neel and Deborah Schulte organizes concerts and other Music in the Mountains events in Pagosa Springs, including special free performances at our schools.

A beautiful venue

Thanks to the generosity of David and Carol Brown, music lovers again will have the privilege of experiencing Music in the Mountains under the tent at BootJack Ranch. This naturally elegant venue serves to enhance these spectacular outdoor classical and contemporary musical performances. BootJack Ranch is located 11.5 miles east of the junction of U.S. 84 and 160.

To purchase tickets

Concert tickets for all festival concerts are available at the Chamber of Commerce Visitor Center located at 402 San Juan St. Tickets are also available online at www.musicinthemountains.com. Festival enthusiasts are encouraged to purchase tickets early to obtain preferred reserved seating. All concerts will begin at 6:30 p.m.

A 10-percent discount is available for groups of 25 or more. In addition, there is a 10-percent discount for four or more Chamber and orchestra concerts purchased at the same time. Discounted tickets are available at the Chamber of Commerce office.

To further expand your opportunities for beautiful music, visit www.musicinthemountains.com to obtain tickets for Music in the Mountains concerts in Durango as well as Pagosa Springs and to learn more about the performing artists.