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‘A Classic Christmas,’ a dazzling holiday musical celebration

“A Classic Christmas,” a dazzling holiday musical celebration, will take place on two nights next week at the Pagosa Springs Center for the Arts — on Monday and Tuesday, Dec. 19 and 20, at 7 p.m. each night.

At 6 p.m., preceding the concert, there will be a social with the warm classical guitar music of Stephany Bouchier. The social will be in the center’s elegant gallery, now resplendent in stunning holiday décor.

See and be seen, hear and be heard, greet your friends, make new ones, experience the joys of living in (or visiting) one of the friendliest and most scenic mountain villages in the world.

You’re also invited to a social with the cast after concert. The evening promises lots of great music and good opportunities for socializing, networking and partying.

The concert takes place at 7 p.m. in the center’s theater. Tickets are still available for both nights with reservations highly recommended as tickets have been flying out the door like Canadian geese migrating south for the winter.

For many of us, Pagosa’s big Christmas present this year is the new Center for the Arts. When Laura and Tim Moore blew into town a year ago on a breath of heaven, our magical mountain village assumed a leadership role in this region of the country. At no time in American history has there been a greater artistically creative force emanating from Pagosa than at the present moment.

“A Classic Christmas” features some of the many distinguished performers living in our wilderness-surrounded winter wonderland. They include Larry Elginer, John Graves, Carla Roberts, Sally Neel, Bob Nordmann, Jean Smith, Joe Gilbert, Heidi Tanner, Iris Grad, Jessica Peterson, Stephany Bouchier, Kathy Isberg, Carl Mori, June Marquez, Ross Barrable, Paul Roberts, Tim Moore, Robert Neel and Jessica Trujillo.

Jessica Trujillo (formerly Espinosa) is a fifth generation member of the Marquez family that settled here in 1870. Trujillo’s aunt, June Marquez, is a professional singer who has performed throughout the region since the ’70s. Trujillo will perform her dramatic interpretation of the gorgeous song,‘“Breath of Heaven,” for which she dons a Biblical robe. “In ‘Breath of Heaven’ I’m trying to express how Mary felt about bringing the Savior into the world,” says Trujillo.

Much could be written about this entire musical cast — from professors emeritus and emerita, to noted musical educators, instrument builders, wandering minstrels and concert maestros. If you don’t already know their work, “A Classic Christmas” will be a great introduction to these artistically expressive visionaries.

Join us for “A Classic Christmas,” a family tradition in Pagosa.

Tickets are $15 for adults, $8 for young people 18 and under. Reservations can be made by calling 731-SHOW (7469) or by visiting the website www.pagosacenter.org. The Pagosa Springs Center for the Arts is located at 2313 Eagle Drive (the frontage road off U.S.160), one turn east of Piedra Road.

“A Classic Christmas” is produced by Elation Center for the Arts in collaboration with the Pagosa Springs Center for the Arts, with the sponsorship of The Pagosa Springs SUN and the generous assistance of Jeff Laydon of Pagosa Photography.

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