Concert tickets for Pagosa Springs’ eighth season of Music in the Mountains are now available at the Chamber of Commerce office, located at 402 San Juan St]. Tickets also may be purchased online at www.musicinthemountains.com. This year’s concert lineup promises a wonderful variety of composers, artists and styles from classical to country and Celtic. Festival enthusiasts are encouraged to purchase tickets early to obtain preferred reserved seating. All concerts will begin at 6:30 p.m.
Thanks to the generosity of David and Carol Brown, Pagosa Springs music lovers again will have the privilege of experiencing Music in the Mountains under the tent at BootJack Ranch. This beautiful venue, a showcase for Pagosa’s glorious mountain scenery, serves to enhance these spectacular outdoor classical and contemporary musical performances. BootJack Ranch is located 11.5 miles east of the junction of U.S.. 84 and 160, and is .8 miles from mile marker 155.
The festival season begins on July 15 with a return performance from the effervescent Celtic fiddler Eileen Ivers. Brought back by popular demand after her sold-out concert last summer, Ivers will once again rock the house with music that promises to have us dancing in the aisles.
On July 17, the award-winning students from the Music in the Mountains Conservatory will grace our stage with their youthful abundant talents. They will be under the direction of Arkady Fomin, Conservatory artistic director.
July 23 will bring Cleveland Pops founder and conductor Carl Topilow back to our stage to conduct the full festival orchestra in a not-to-be-missed concert of popular tunes. His performance in Pagosa last summer was one of the great hits of the festival.
On July 25, for the first time ever, Music in the Mountains will bring alternative country music to the stage with Texas singer-songwriters, Bruce Robison and wife, Kelly Willis. These highly acclaimed musicians will bring yet another new dimension of sound to the music at BootJack Ranch.
On July 28, the festival returns to its classical roots as festival music director and violinist Guillermo Figueroa and his sister, renowned pianist Ivonne Figueroa, join a chamber ensemble to perform Grieg’s “Sonata no. 3” and Dvorak’s “Piano Quintet in A.”
The Pagosa festival will enjoy a spectacular classical conclusion on July 31, with the full festival orchestra under the direction of conductor Guillermo Figueroa playing favorites by Hayden and Liszt among others.
Festival orchestra members are brought to Music in the Mountains from among the country’s finest orchestras, each player a highly skilled performer in his or her own right. Music director and conductor Guillermo Figueroa also serves as the music director of the New Mexico Symphony and is the principal guest conductor of the Puerto Rico Symphony. With such extraordinary talent on hand, Music in the Mountains enthusiasts are ensured of another outstanding season of beautiful music, worthy of our glorious Pagosa Springs panorama.
“This promises to be an exceptional season,” says Janis Moomaw, who chairs the Pagosa Springs Music in the Mountains steering committee. “We are particularly pleased to be able to offer student tickets at a very discounted price, and hope that parents will take this opportunity to bring their children to hear world-class musicians in this incredible outdoor setting. In fact, the prices for all concerts offer exceptional value for all ages when you consider what performances of this caliber cost in major cities.”
Music in the Mountains is a non-profit organization headquartered in Durango. A local volunteer steering committee that includes Moomaw (chair), Mary Jo Coulehan, Mary Hart, Carole Howard, Teresa Huft, Kate Kelley, Margaret Kleiner, Ed Lowrance, Valley Lowrance and Sally Neel organizes concerts and other Music in the Mountains events in Pagosa Springs, including special free performances at our schools.
“Our steering committee members devote their time and energy to bring Pagosa Springs these extraordinary artists and musical performances,” says Moomaw. “It is our hope that citizens and visitors will continue to enthusiastically support Music in the Mountains with their presence and contributions.”
Dates and prices
Note: Student prices (age 15 and under) are $6 for classical concerts.
• Eileen Ivers and Immigrant Soul (Celtic fiddle), Wednesday, July 15, $45.
• Conservatory Orchestra (Arkady Fomin, conductor), Friday, July 17, $40.
• Pops Orchestra Concert (Carl Topilow, conductor), Thursday, July 23, $60.
• Bruce Robison with special guest Kelly Willis (country music concert), Saturday, July 25, $45.
• Guillermo Figueroa and Ivonne Figueroa (classical violin and piano with chamber ensemble), Tuesday, July 28, $40.
• Classical Festival Orchestra Concert (Guillermo Figueroa, conductor), July 31, $60.
A 10-percent discount is available for groups of 25 or more. In addition, there is a 10-percent discount for four or more concerts purchased at the same time. Discounted tickets are available at the Chamber of Commerce office.
To satiate further your passion for beautiful music, visit www.musicinthemountains.com to obtain tickets for Music in the Mountains concerts in Pagosa Springs and Durango and to learn more about the performing artists.