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Anthony Saladino to perform at Art in the Garden Festival

Art in the Garden Festival 2010 is pleased to welcome Dr. Anthony Saladino as one of the musical sets featured at this year’s event. This is the first year for . Saladino to perform at Art in the Garden which will be held from 3 to 7 p.m. on Saturday, August 21 on the stunningly beautiful property of Werner and Maryse Buck in Continental Estates off U.S. Highway 84.

Anthony Saladino was an only child of Italian descent and was raised in a musical environment in the Central Valley of California. His father was a trombonist and singer who started his career during the late “Roaring ’20s,” through the swing era of the ’30s, and into the ’40s in New York City.

Saladino began piano lessons at an early age. By the time he was 13 years old, he was including jazz works and improvisations in his playing. His music was influenced by the music of Andre Previn, George Shearing, Dave Brubeck, Peter Nero, Bud Powell, Oscar Peterson, and Billy Taylor to name a few. At Fresno State, he appreciates having had the opportunity to study classical repertoire with Dr. Robert Bennett who had obtained a master’s degree in piano from Julliard and had studied at the Paris Conservatory.

Saladino went on to receive his own degrees, both a bachelor’s degree in music piano performances and a master’s degree in music composition from the University of California, Fresno. A few years later, he received a Doctorate of Education in music from the University of Pacifica in Stockton, California.

In 1968, Saladino married and shortly after that started his college teaching career in the Bay area of California. One of his first jobs was as band director of a high school in Milpitas, Calif. He eventually moved to Jackson Hole, Wyo., with his wife and three daughters. There he was able to create a music conservatory and an undergraduate degree program in music. He is particularly proud of his three daughters who all graduated from college with degrees in the arts; the oldest from California Institute of the Arts studied character animation, his second daughter majored in jazz music education at the University of Miami, and his third daughter obtained a degree from New York University in music composition and a master’s in music education from Hunter College.

After being a widower for a few years, he met and married Lynda Carter who was working toward a law degree in North Florida. While she was busy with her own goals, Anthony dedicated himself to writing a text,” Aesthetic for Students in the Arts,” along with his jazz performance schedule in the coastal cities of Atlantic Beach, Jax Beach, and Ponte Verdra.

Lynda was surfing the web when she discovered Pagosa Springs. They came to visit and, after meeting John Graves, made the decision to move here permanently.

Since moving here in 2008, Lynda has been practicing law while Anthony keeps busy with a few piano students and has played at Keyah Grande and Nello’s when a piano is available. He also has plans to continue playing in New York occasionally. The couple moved here with an adopted daughter who will also require his time.

Art in the Garden Festival invites you to enjoy a special time of entertainment and relaxation on Saturday, Aug. 21. Along with Saladino and the other seven musical groups, 15 regional artists will be working plein aire, while samplings of delicious gourmet French food will be served to the guests. Fresh baked bread and locally grown fresh vegetables will also be sold at a French market place set up as part of the event. Art in the Garden greatly appreciates the local residents’ participation and support in this worthwhile cause which aids the needy, poor and elderly of our community.

Tickets can now be purchased at Pagosa Springs Area Chamber of Commerce, Nello’s or Community United Methodist Church. For a single ticket the cost is $45; for two or more tickets the price is $40 each.

For more information about Art in the Garden, please go to the website, www.PagosaArtintheGarden.com.