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Bring a picnic, enjoy a free performance

It’s picnic weather, and what better place to enjoy that picnic you put together than in Town Park at noon on Wednesday, July 28? And a free brass quartet performance there will only serve to enhance the whole experience.

This unique opportunity, brought to you by Music in the Mountains and sponsored by Al and Marti Bledsoe, is an alternative offering for Family Festivo this summer. Everyone in the community is invited to bring their picnic lunch to the park, sit down on blankets or portable chairs, and enjoy this superb musical offering. Bottled water will be provided for the event, free of charge. Mark your calendars now for this fun event.

Four professional brass players who hail from Texas and New Mexico will come together to present some light musical fare that people of all ages are sure to enjoy. The players include trombonist Byron Herrington of Albuquerque, N.M.; trombonist Christopher Oliver of Dallas, Texas; trombonist Rob Graham of Mesquite Texas; and tubaist Richard White, also from Albuquerque.

White, who recently received his doctoral degree from Indiana University, was born homeless on the streets of Baltimore. With the help of many of caring, concerned people who were placed in his path, he has overcome potential life-threatening and life-altering obstacles. At the completion of his doctoral program this spring, he has become the first African-American to earn a doctorate in tuba performance from Indiana University.

Only two more concerts remain after the recent Music in the Mountains performance

After a sellout concert featuring Dmitri Berlinsky and Elena Baksht, Music in the Mountains has some tickets still available for this season’s two remaining concerts, one with popular favorite Vadim Gluzman and the other with the breathtaking virtuoso pianist Aviram Reichert. Those tickets can be purchased at Pagosa Springs Visitor Center (Chamber of Commerce building) on Hot Springs Blvd., or by calling 264-2360.

An added attribute of the 2010 Music in the Mountains concert season will be a 10-percent discount at various local restaurants with proof of your concert ticket purchase.

For more details, contact the Chamber of Commerce, 264-2360.