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Sandra Wong Trio in concert tonight

The Pagosa Springs Center for the Arts presents The Sandra Wong Trio tonight, Thursday, at 7 p.m.

The gallery bar opens at 6 p.m. Advanced Tickets for $18 are available by calling 731-SHOW (7469) or on the PSCA website, www.pagosacenter.org. Tickets at the door are $20.

Join us this evening for an unforgettable adventure when The Sandra Wong Trio blends Western classical music, bluegrass, music of India, world folk and jazz — music that reflects distinct traditions, while moving into uncharted territory.

Sandra Wong, Dominick Leslie and Ty Burhoe come together in an unusual trio — violin, nyckelharpa, mandolin, tabla and world hand percussion — to explore music from all corners of the globe (including their own compositions) to create what they call, “a musical playground for audience and musicians to explore, play, stretch and grow.”

Sandra Wong began studying the violin at age 7 with the intention of becoming a concert violinist, which remained her sole focus for 15 years, until she discovered fiddling — and her musical world turned upside down.

Wong describes her focus as, “connecting other people and cultures through music as a way to build community and express our common humanity.” Besides violin, Wong plays an amazing 16-string bowed instrument from Sweden.

Dominick Leslie has been playing music since he was barely old enough to hold an instrument. Leslie has been composing music since he was 12. He tours with some of the top names in the acoustic music scene and is known locally for his performances at the Pagosa Folk N’ Bluegrass Festival, the Four Corners Folk Festival and as a teacher at the Pagosa Bluegrass Camp for Kids.

Ty Burhoe performs internationally on the tabla, a pair of hand drums from India that involve extensive use of the fingers and palms to create an incredible variety of beautiful sounds. A gymnast who became a wildlife biologist (tracking grizzly bears), then an apprentice to a Native American medicine man Burhoe eventually found his way to a great tabla maestro. Now, Burhoe is performing internationally on these wonderful drums.

Join us tonight for a musical adventure with three inspiring virtuosos from Boulder.

This concert is produced by Pagosa Springs Center for the Arts in collaboration with Elation Center for the Arts. Special thanks to The Pagosa Springs SUN for its sponsorship and to sound engineer Jeffrey Heinzleman for his support.

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