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Classical duet featured at Art in the Garden

Harvey Schwartz on piano and Bob Nordmann on saxophone will be performing together at the third annual Art in the Garden Festival on Saturday, Aug. 21, from 3 to 7 p.m. The event will be held at the property of Werner and Maryse Buck, in Continental Estates, approximately 2.5 miles south of Pagosa Springs, off of U.S. 84.

Harvey and Bob have been playing together for about two years and happen to share a passion for classical music as well as some common experiences before becoming a duet here in Pagosa Springs. Both came from Chicago, but moved to other areas. Both began playing as youngsters, but put their instruments aside after high school.

Bob did not begin playing again until after moving to Pagosa Springs from Texas with his wife, Janet, in 2001. He started playing again as a hobby and was asked to perform during services at the Methodist Church. Bob is interested in classical pieces for saxophone, an instrument that wasn’t used seriously for symphony orchestra until the early twentieth century. He practices one to two hours daily to improve his skills to the level required by this music, in addition to meeting weekly with Harvey for duet practice sessions at Harvey’s home music studio. Bob and Harvey have performed at Elations Arts concerts, and at previous Art in the Garden events. Bob also performs frequently at the Methodist Church services and has played in the orchestra for numerous Music Boosters stage productions.

Harvey has lived in many places as an adult and pursued different career paths, but received a degree in Music Education and became a music teacher in the Florida public schools at both the elementary and middle school levels. Harvey is a firm believer in the importance of musical training to develop the full intellectual potential in everyone. Though he enjoys and can play all types of music, he is dedicated to the classical, composer driven pieces. Harvey has developed his own program for teaching piano and has given private lessons for many years, including here in Pagosa Springs, where he has lived since 1990. His piano lessons, The Schwartz Course, incorporate aspects from other teaching styles, and integrates vocals with fingering techniques. His students, ranging from preschool to age 80, can be successful with his method.

Bob and Harvey will be keeping with the theme of this year’s Art in the Garden by performing two pieces by French composers. They will play “Histoires,” by Jacques Ibert, a suite of short vignettes that alternate between energetic and delicate. They will also perform “Choral Varie,” by Vincent d’Indy, considered one of the most beautiful pieces written for the saxophone and piano in the 20th century. The music creates a fluid dialogue between the piano and the saxophone. This will provide a fitting background as people wander the French Country Market and art galleries and cafes at Art in the Garden.

The public is invited to attend Art in the Garden, which is an afternoon of fine art, live music and gourmet food that provides funds to help those in need in Archuleta County. Most of the net proceeds from this event are donated for this purpose.

Tickets are on sale at the Pagosa Area Chamber of Commerce, Nello’s and the Community United Methodist Church. The cost is $45 for a single ticket, or $40 each for groups of two or more.

The public is also invited to help with the event. There are lots of volunteer positions available. For more information go to the website: www.PagosaArtintheGarden.com.