Time may have forgotten a little village called Pagosa Springs. Talent has not. Take, for example, this upcoming concert at The Ross Aragon Community Center:
Friday, March 25, a community showcase concert, entitled “Magical Mountain Village,” features the musical versatility and diverse musical styles of Larry Elginer, Randall Davis, John Graves, Bob Nordmann, The Big’Ns, Harvey Schwartz, The Gypsy Moon Ensemble, Laith Scherer, The Pagosa Village Dancers and Carl Mori.
A pre-concert social begins at 6 p.m. The concert begins at 7. The pre-concert social begins with dancing by The Pagosa Village Dancers who will perform to live world village music. Coffee, desserts, snacks and a beer/wine cash bar are available throughout the evening. Please bring desserts and snacks to share for the pre-concert social and intermission.
“Magical Mountain Village” reflects a portion of the awesome musical talent in our picturesque village. Talent like Larry Elginer, who plays an integral part in the musical soundtrack of Pagosa; Randall Davis, a legendary Pagosa banjo and guitar player; John Graves, a great, performer, producer, writer, consultant and mentor — acknowledgments of merit are indeed due for the entire cast.
Bob Nordmann plays a special role in the village music scene. Nordmann takes the alto sax — an instrument one tends to automatically associate with jazz - back to its roots, which are in the classical music realm. Nordmann’s exceptional tone and choice of material always creates a deeply satisfying listening experience. Harvey Schwartz will accompany him on piano. They will be performing music written expressly for the saxophone and piano by American composers.
Nordmann will be performing the second movement of “Sonata for Alto Saxophone and Piano, op. 19,” by Paul Creston, a romantic piece full of musical lyricism. “Romance” is a piece full of lyrical melody and colorful harmonies with hints of the impressionism of Debussy, composed by William Grant Still, one of the most prominent African-American composers of his generation. “Beyond these Hills,” by Carl Anton Wirth, combines relatively simple melodic and harmonic elements into a very beautiful and somewhat mysterious whole.
Nordmann’s musical artistry contributes to our appreciation for the beauty and diversity of classical music, as it contributes to furtherance of his instrument, the alto saxophone, and it’s place in musical history. Join him and the rest of the fabulous cast of performers in “Magical Mountain Village” for the big show next week.
The Ross Aragon Community Center presents “Magical Mountain Village” in collaboration with Elation Center for the Arts. This event is sponsored by The Pagosa Springs SUN and Pagosa Photography.
Advance tickets, for $10, are on sale at Higher Grounds and The Ross Aragon Community Center. Tickets at the door are $12. Young people, 18 and under, are admitted free. The Ross Aragon Community Center located at 451 Hot Springs Blvd. For further information, call the community center at 264-4152.
The Ross Aragon Community Center operates as a nonprofit through the Pagosa Springs Facilities Coalition, and benefits the community by creating, coordinating and providing space for social, athletic, fine arts, performing arts, cultural, educational, business and faith-based activities. Elation Center for the Arts is a nonprofit dedicated to the preservation of traditional music and dance.