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Music in the Mountains hosts Date Night
Friday, November 12, 2010

This week, Music in the Mountains is celebrating the beginning of another outstanding season at BootJack Ranch.

On Friday, July 17, classical music lovers and lovers in general will enjoy a special Date Night treat with the Clavier Trio. Date Night helps make your summer budget dollars stretch a little further by offering special buy-one-get one-free tickets for this concert only. In addition, with your Date Night online purchase you will receive a free CD of the Clavier Trio for your future enjoyment.

“We realize that most people are trying to be frugal with their resources this year. Music in the Mountains wants to continue to be accessible to our audience, even in these financially difficult times,” says Janis Moomaw, who heads the Pagosa Springs steering committee.

The Clavier Trio, featuring violinist Arkady Fomin, cellist Jesus Castro-Balbi and pianist David Korevaar will bring their unique artistic passion to their performance of Anton Arensky’s “Piano Trio in D minor, Opus 32” and Franz Schubert’s “Piano Trio in B flat Major, Op. 99, D. 898.”

Another opportunity to enjoy classical chamber music at its finest will be on Tuesday, July 28, when audiences will delight to hear renowned violinist, Guillermo Figueroa and his sister, pianist Ivonne Figueroa perform Grieg’s “Sonata No. 3 in C minor” and Dvorak’s “Piano Quintet in A. “

Sure to be great audience pleasers, “These are two of the most intensely passionate pieces written by these two composers,” says Figueroa. “They are such audience-friendly works, that I’m confident our concertgoers will enjoy hearing them as much as we enjoy performing them,” he continued.

As a highly acclaimed violinist, Figueroa has performed in many prestigious music halls across the United States, including Carnegie Hall, Avery Fisher Hall at Lincoln Center, and The Kennedy Center, to name only a few. However, one of his favorite places to perform is here in the beautiful San Juan Mountains. “For me, it will be close to coming home once again to be in those beautiful mountain venues where musicians can so readily develop such close relationships with audiences,” says Figueroa.

Figueroa and his sister reign from a highly prestigious musical family in Puerto Rico. He began his studies with his father, Guillermo, and continued with his uncle, Jose, at the Conservatory of Music of Puerto Rico. He went on to earn his master’s degree at the Julliard School of Music, where he studied with Oscar Shumsky and Felix Galimiris.

As a founding member of the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, he has served as Concertmaster and soloist in performances throughout the United States, Europe and Asia and has made over 50 recordings for Deutsche Grammophon.

“Truly, these are not-to-be-missed performances,” says Janis Moomaw, Pagosa steering committee chairperson. “We are so fortunate in Pagosa Springs to enjoy such highly trained musicians. I hope that parents will take this opportunity to bring their children to hear these amazing artists perform,” she said, “as nothing brings fine music to the hearts of children more effectively.”

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 these two chamber concerts are $40 for adults and $6 for children age 15 and younger. Tickets for all festival concerts are available at the Chamber of Commerce office located at 402 San Juan Street. 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.