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Larry Elginer leads off summer concert series

The Pagosa Springs Center for the Arts Summer Concert Series kicks off at 7 p.m., Tuesday, July 10, with a concert of jazz and classical music featuring the magnificent musical artistry of Larry Elginer, a Pagosa cultural treasure.

According to pianist John Graves, “Playing with Larry Elginer is like joining an incredible ensemble: a virtuoso trumpet player, an outstanding vocalist, and the best scat singer I’ve ever heard.” Graves is one of several distinguished musicians who will be performing in this special concert.

Elginer’s concert will showcase the maestro’s musical finesse, virtuosity and creativity.

“It has been a dream of mine to have a show much like the one that is being produced right here in Pagosa Springs,” says Elginer. “I will be surrounded by several of the top musicians in this town: Venita Burch, Jessica Peterson, Paul Roberts, June Marquez, Carl Mori, and the John Graves Jazz Quartet: John Graves, Dan Fitzpatrick, DC Duncan and yours truly,” he added.

Expect a few surprises in Elginer’s persona, and the introduction of Soc, Toe and Aris (come find out who they are).

Elginer’s career in the music business has included performing in many top-flight jazz and classical ensembles and conducting spectacularly successful music education programs.

“I feel that music has so much to offer in our lives,” says Elginer. “Music reaches the soul. It’s such a creative force.”

Elginer’s first performance — a trumpet solo at age 11 in Greeley, Colo. — led to his climb through honor band programs and other advancement opportunities that were available to him as a musical prodigy. After graduating from college with a master’s degree in music education, Elginer had a highly successful career directing one of the best school music programs on the West Coast, for 38 years. There he used his astounding ability to teach all the orchestra and band instruments to inspire students.

Besides conducting and performing in concert bands, orchestras and jazz bands, Elginer is highly regarded as a choral director. Since moving to Pagosa, Elginer’s influence has been strongly felt through his involvement with many concert performances and many other types of musical and theatrical productions.

“I really feel strongly about music,” says Elginer, a sentiment he beautifully conveys through his comprehensively musical expressiveness.

John Graves is a brilliantly gifted jazz pianist. As a performer, producer, writer, consultant and mentor, Graves is a legendary personage on Pagosa’s cultural scene. Graves began his musical career as a young boy, performing on a Steinway grand piano at a movie theater that had once been a magnificent turn-of-the-century vaudeville theater. His abundantly creative energies propelled him through a thirty-five year career as a TV and film executive and producer while, at the same time, pursuing his career as a professional musician accompanying many musical celebrities of the day.

“I’ve always promoted the old standards, jazz and show tunes from the first half of the 20th century,” says Graves, one of the last emissaries from that era.

DC Duncan is a professional percussionist with an impressive resume as a touring artist, session musician and producer.

Graves says, “Finding a drummer of DC Duncan’s incredible ability in a town the size of Pagosa Springs was one of the most surprising and gratifying experiences of my musical lifetime. His technical virtuosity, range of experience, and creativity make him the best drummer I have ever worked with — anywhere.”

Join us for an enthralling evening of great music with Larry Elginer and a special cast of musical friends. Experience a performance of jazz, classical music and humor featuring an inspired leader in the arts: Larry Elginer, a Pagosa cultural treasure.

Advanced $18 tickets may be purchased online at www.pagosacenter.org or by calling 731-SHOW (7469). Tickets at the door are $22.

PSCA series

July 10 — Larry Elginer, Classical Music and Jazz.

July 17 — The Chicago Marimba Ensemble, A Fiesta of Mexican and Caribbean Melodies.

July 23 — Country Joe McDonald, Woody Guthrie Tribute.

July 24 — Country Joe McDonald, The Legendary Woodstock Icon’s Great Songs of the ’60s.

July 31 — Andrew Dahl-Bredine, Intoxicating Melodies from Brazil, Spain, Africa and engaging original songs.

Aug. 7 — Carla Roberts and Paul Roberts, A World of Music with multi-instrumentalists performing music from around the globe. Special guests Tiffany and Matthew Lowell Brunson.

Aug. 14 — Jessica Peterson. Cool to Caliente! Flute music of the Americas accompanied by pianists Harvey Schwartz and Sally Neel.

Aug. 21 — Jeff Scroggins and Colorado High energy, high mountain bluegrass with award-winning musicians.

Aug. 28 — Cherise Lukow. A gifted opera starlet conveys emotions with rare artistic beauty.

Tickets for these concerts are available for purchase at www.pagosacenter.org and by calling 731-SHOW (7469).

The PSCA Summer Concert Series is a collaboration between the Pagosa Springs Center for the Arts and Elation Center for the Arts.

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