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Music in the Mountains concerts at new venue

Music in the Mountains has announced that its 2010 concert season will bring world-class performers to Pagosa Springs again this summer while at the same time stimulating our downtown economy because of a change in the festival’s venue.

There will be three classical concerts this July, fewer concerts than in recent years because of the current economic climate in our country and community, according to Janis Moomaw, chair of the Pagosa Springs steering committee that organizes the local classical music festival.  “Even though we have scaled back the number of concerts, patrons can be sure that we still will be offering an exciting variety of accomplished performers at reasonable prices.”

Moomaw also announced that the concerts will move from BootJack Ranch to the atrium at the EcoLuxe Building at the Springs Resort in downtown Pagosa Springs.  “We believe this new location will be more convenient for our concert goers and also help stimulate downtown businesses such as restaurants,” she said.  “The setting at The Springs is so beautiful that it is perfect place for a music series like Music in the Mountains.”

Since its inception in 2001, Music in the Mountains Pagosa concerts have been held at BootJack – the first year in the ranch’s lodge and, after that, in elegant tents on the property.  Given the high cost of the tent and the fact that David and Carol Brown have moved to Arizona, Moomaw said it is no longer practical to continue at that venue.

This year’s performers represent a wonderful blend of new faces with Pagosa audience favorites:

• On Saturday, July 10, famed Russian violinist Dmitri Berlinsky plays with his wife pianist Elena Baksht at a gala event to raise money for music scholarships for local youth and our Pagosa concerts. Tickets for this special season opener are $75 a person.

• On Saturday, July 17, Pagosa audience favorite Israeli violinist Vadim Gluzman plays Beethoven and Prokofiev with the Clavier Trio – Arkady Fomin on the violin, Jesus Castro-Balbi on the cello and David Korevaar on the piano. Tickets for this concert are $40.

• On Friday, July 30, pianist Aviram Reichert performs Debussy and Beethoven with Paul Garner on the clarinet, Laura Leisring on the bassoon, Erin Hannigan on the oboe and Greg Hustis on the French horn. Reichert, a great favorite of Pagosa Music in the Mountains audiences, has been acclaimed worldwide for his deeply intelligent interpretations and phenomenal technique. Tickets for this concert are $40.

More about the musicians

Berlinsky arrived on the international scene as the youngest winner in the history of the Paganini International Violin Competition in Genoa, Italy. Subsequent triumphs in competitions worldwide led to his appearances with major orchestras in Europe, Russia, the Far East, North and South America. Here in the U.S. he has performed in more than 40 states at such major venues as Avery Fisher Hall and Carnegie Hall in New York as well as Kennedy Center in Washington D.C.

The Washington Post raved: “It’s not the fact of his natural violin talent, or his impeccable schooling, nor his astonishing technique, but above all and most important, the expressive depth and authority of a complete musician.”

Gluzman, a protege of Isaac Stern and a highly acclaimed recording artist, has been lauded by both critics and audiences as a performer of great depth, virtuosity and technical brilliance. He has appeared throughout the world as a soloist and with major orchestras in Europe, the U.S. and Canada, collaborating with the world’s most prominent conductors. He plays the extraordinary 1690 ex-Leopold Auer Stradivarius, on extended loan to him through the generosity of the Stradivari Society of Chicago.

Reichert, winner of the bronze medal at the 10th Van Cliburn International Piano Competition in 1997, is a frequent soloist with all the leading orchestras in his native country, Israel, as well as those in Japan, South Korea, the Dominican Republic, South Africa, Germany and the United States. In addition to his busy performing career, Reichert is a sought-after teacher here and around the world.

“His perfect command of details approaches the level of genius; no fine point escapes his notice, even as note by note, he builds the total magnificent structure,” praised the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. Added The New York Times: “He is a thoughtful and exceptionally musical player.”

Special offers

“This promises to be another exceptional season,” Moomaw said. “We are particularly pleased to be able to offer tickets for students under age 15 at the very discounted price of $6, and we hope that parents will take this opportunity to bring their children to hear world-class musicians.

“In fact, the prices for all concerts offer exceptional value for all ages when you consider what performances of this caliber cost in major cities around the world.”

Tickets go on sale Monday, April 12 at the Pagosa Springs Chamber of Commerce and on line at the festival’s web site: www.musicinthemounatins.com.

To be put on the mailing list for Pagosa Music in the Mountains news, contact Moomaw at 264-3010 or janismoomaw@yahoo.com.

The festival also offers excellent marketing avenues for businesses wanting to advertise in the program, and for music lovers interested in sponsoring a performance of the musicians. Moomaw is the contact for these opportunities as well.

Local volunteers

Music in the Mountains is a nonprofit organization headquartered in Durango. A local volunteer steering committee that includes Moomaw (chair), Mary Jo Coulehan, Mary Hart, Carole Howard, Teresa Huft, Kate Kelley, Ed Lowrance, Valley Lowrance and Sally Neel works year-round to organize concerts, youth scholarships and other Music in the Mountains events in Pagosa Springs, including special free performances at our schools.

“Our steering committee members devote their time and energy to bring Pagosa Springs these extraordinary artists and musical performances,” said Moomaw.

“It is our hope that citizens and visitors will continue to enthusiastically support Music in the Mountains with their presence and contributions. And we also hope our new venue for 2010 will benefit local businesses, especially restaurants.”