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Local musicians to entertain at Art in the Garden Festival

Local musicians will donate their talents to Art in the Garden Festival 2009 on Saturday, Aug. 15, at El Rancho Pinoso in the Upper Blanco Basin off of U.S. 84.

Jeff Dysinger who embraces A. Huxley’s 1931 statement, “After silence, that which comes nearest to expressing the inexpressible is music,” will play guitar and perform original compositions. He is scheduled to play between 3 to 3:30 p.m.

Kate Kelley will play cello and Heidi Tanner violin, 3:30-4. Kelley enjoys everything from Celtic music to Christian hymns to contemporary cover tunes while Tanner enjoys playing a variety of pieces spanning styles from the Baroque period to the 20th century — especially the beautiful “Lover’s Waltz” by Jay Ungar and Molly Mason.

Another group performing at the Art in the Garden Festival includes Bob Nordmann on saxophone, with Harvey Schwartz on piano. The two will play from 4 to 4:30. Bob explains he prefers to play a 20th century classic repertoire for alto saxophone and piano, because there are some great composers who most listeners don’t often get a chance to hear. Harvey agrees and is thankful that Bob has introduced him to a mother lode of alto sax/piano literature.

Larry Elginer notes that the trumpet has been featured throughout many periods of music; nevertheless, he has the desire to showcase the trumpet in a variety of modes. He will sing and play trumpet while Rada Neal plays piano from 4:30 to 5.

There will be eight groups performing during the festival.

Along with the talented musicians, regional artists will display their wonderful artwork, while painting or sculpting plein air.

Art in the Garden was created to help support the Community Assistance Fund. The fund aids Archuleta county residents in need regardless of religion or race. Musicians, artist, chefs and local volunteers have come together to make the festival a success. The public is encouraged to be part of this outstanding and meaningful event.

Tickets can be purchased for $30 at the Pagosa Springs Chamber of Commerce, Plaid Pony or Community United Methodist Church.

For more information about Art in the Garden go to pagosaartinthegarden.com.