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Music in the Mountains ticket sales to begin

Tickets go on sale Monday, April 12, for the 2010 Music in the Mountains summer classical season. Music in the Mountains has traditionally combined exceptional music with breathtaking surroundings and this year is no exception. All three summer concerts will be performed at the beautiful new Springs Resort in downtown Pagosa Springs. The Spring’s elegant atrium provides excellent acoustics and visual accessibility, offering floor level seating as well upper level mezzanine seating.

An impressive blend of world class performers will grace the stage, offering Pagosa audiences a spectacular array of classical music.

• On Saturday, July 10, famed Russian violinist Dmitri Berlinsky will perform with his wife, pianist Elena Baksht at a gala event to raise money for music scholarships for local youth and our Pagosa concerts. Tickets for this special season opener are $75 per person.

• On Saturday, July 17, Pagosa audience favorite, Israeli violinist Vadim Gluzman plays music by Beethoven and Prokofiev with the Clavier Trio — Arkady Fomin on the violin, Jesus Castro-Balbi on the cello and David Korevaar on the piano. Tickets for this concert are $40.

• On Friday, July 30, pianist Aviram Reichert performs Debussy and Beethoven with Paul Garner on the clarinet, Laura Leisring on the bassoon, Erin Hannigan on the oboe and Greg Hustis on the French horn. Reichert is a favorite of Pagosa Music in the Mountains audiences, and has been acclaimed worldwide for his remarkable interpretations and phenomenal technique. Tickets for this concert are $40.

Music in the Mountains brings the finest classical musicians to Pagosa and also assists in the musical education of young people and encourages their appreciation of classical music. In keeping with this goal and to give young people the opportunity to hear the highly acclaimed musicians, tickets for students under age 15 are offered for only $6.

The Pagosa Springs steering committee that includes Janis Moomaw (chair), Mary Jo Coulehan, Mary Hart, Carole Howard, Teresa Huft, Kate Kelley, Ed Lowrance, Valley Lowrance and Sally Neel has worked diligently with Music in the Mountains headquarters in Durango to bring another season of excellent musical offerings to Pagosa Springs.

“We have had to make adjustments in deference to a tight budget, but we feel that our audiences will be quite pleased that we have not in any way cut back on quality,” said Moomaw. “We are delighted to be working with The Springs Resort and Spa to provide a first class venue for our musicians and audiences. It is our hope that the new location also will bring a boost to our downtown businesses and restaurants.”

Tax deductible donations, program advertising, and ticket sales help assure the strong future of Music in the Mountains. For more information on how you can contribute, or to add your name to the mailing list contact Janis Moomaw at 264-3010.

The atrium at the Springs holds an audience of 140 people. There will be no assigned seating, so buy your tickets early and plan to arrive in plenty of time to claim your preferred seating. Tickets will be available through the Chamber of Commerce office in downtown Pagosa Springs or online at www.musicinthemountains.com.