If you are looking for a fun evening with world-class music, delicious food and an elegant setting – all for a wonderful local cause–– Music in the Mountains and Citizens Bank are inviting you to a special classical music benefit at the Moomaw Ranch on Friday, July 10.
Reserve the Date cards have been mailed for this unique event, which will feature a performance by Sir Angel Romero, leading member of the world’s most prestigious classical guitarist family. If you want to be added to the invitation list, please contact Janis Moomaw at (970) 264-3010 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sir Angel Romero has been heralded throughout the world as the Spanish maestro of the classical guitar. He has blazed a trail for classical guitar by appearing as soloist in major cultural centers around the globe including London, Paris, Berlin, Vienna, Madrid, Munich, Zurich, Chicago, Los Angeles and New York. He has performed with such leading orchestras as the New York Philharmonic, Cleveland Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic and New World Symphony.
His distinctive interpretations of the classical guitar literature are beloved in live performances and in dozens of critically acclaimed recordings. In 2000, he was presented with Spain’s highest honor, the Grand Cross of Isabel la Catolica, and was knighted in recognition of his astounding musical accomplishments.
Sir Angel last performed in Pagosa Springs in August 2006 in a Music in the Mountains concert that sold out months in advance. His performance at this summer’s benefit is sponsored by Lantern Dancer, Southwestern and contemporary jewelry in Pagosa Springs.
“Every dollar raised at this special event will benefit our community, helping to fund classical concerts, special musical events, our young people’s school programs and music scholarships in Pagosa Springs,” said Mary Hart, co-chair of the benefit. “The funds also will help host the Music in the Mountains annual free summer Family Festivo community concert for ‘kids of all ages’ in Town Park, which this year will take place on Thursday, July 23.”
In addition to the extraordinary musical entertainment, the evening will include sumptuous hors d’oeuvres prepared by Amy Dunmyre and libations beginning at 6 p.m. — not to mention dessert and coffee under the stars while enjoying the panoramic view of the nearby mountains and valleys from the Moomaw Ranch patio.
Dress is classic western or cocktail attire. Time is 6 to 9:30 p.m. Attendance is limited to 200 guests. Cost is $175 per person, $105 of which is tax-deductible as a charitable donation.
“We promise you an absolutely wonderful evening — and it’s all in support of our local kids,” Hart said.
Among the many youth programs funded by Music in the Mountains in Pagosa were the Red Shoe Trio performances Jan. 29 at the high school auditorium, enjoyed by more than 750 local students. As well, more than 30 Music in the Mountains Conservatory scholarships have been awarded to Pagosa students since 2004, and the festival currently is funding three college scholarships for Pagosa high school graduates going to university to study music.
Citizens Bank has made a generous contribution to the benefit, as they have done in past years. “We are very grateful to Citizens Bank and Lantern Dancer for their generous support of this event, which provides an ideal opening for our annual Music in the Mountains summer festival in Pagosa Springs,” Hart said. “We depend on our benefit to raise needed funds for our concerts and youth activities in Pagosa, as ticket sales cover only about a third of our costs. The remaining funds are provided by our corporate sponsors and advertisers, individual donors and benefit attendees.
“That’s why we are so pleased to have such a spectacular venue and exciting classical program for our benefit this year. We hope this event will entice past supporters to join us and also bring new people into our Music in the Mountains family,” Hart said.
Planning and organizational work on the benefit is being contributed by a local volunteer committee co-chaired by Mary Hart and Teresa Huft that also includes Mary Jo Coulehan, Carole Howard, Janis Moomaw, Ed Lowrance and Valley Lowrance.
Tickets for this benefit evening at the Moomaw Ranch plus the six Music in the Mountains concerts under the tent at BootJack Ranch this summer will go on sale Monday, April 6, at the Pagosa Springs Chamber of Commerce Visitor Center or online at www.musicinthemountains.com.