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By Heidi Tanner
Special to The PREVIEW
On Sunday, Sept. 7, a group of local musicians will serenade Pagosans with a free concert. The concert will be held at St. Patrick’s Episcopal Church at 3 p.m. and will feature Keith Paulson, vocalist, and D’Ann Artis, horn, performing Benjamin Britten’s “Serenade for Tenor, Horn and Strings.” This piece will be accompanied by a string ensemble and conducted by Kathy Wadenpfuhl.
Paulson graduated from St. Olaf College and UCLA with degrees in mathematics. He was a member of the St. Olaf Choir, the Los Angeles Master Chorale and the Los Angeles Opera Company Chorus. While pursuing these musical activities in the Los Angeles area, Paulson worked for The Aerospace Corporation for 29 years as a software system engineer. In Pagosa Springs, Paulson has been a singer in the Pagosa Springs Community Choir, a horn player in the Pagosa Springs Community Band and performed in several Curtains Up Pagosa musical productions. Listeners will be treated to Paulson’s rich and resonant voice as he performs the vocal acrobatics required of the Britten “Serenade.”
Artis, an accomplished local horn player, will be joining Paulson in the performance of the Britten “Serenade.” Artis holds a degree in music performance from the University of Arizona. While in Arizona, she played horn for the Tucson Symphony, principal horn for the Scottsdale Symphony and with the San Marcos Symphony in Chandler. Since her move to Pagosa in 2005, she has played horn for the San Juan Symphony in Farmington and Durango and is a member of the Pagosa Springs Community Band. Artis has given generously of her talents in Pagosa Springs playing for both the Pagosa Springs High School and Curtains Up Pagosa productions. Most recently, Artis has lent her talents at the Pagosa Springs Center for the Arts, playing her horn in the “Les Miserables” orchestra.
Rounding out this concert will be a solo performance by our conductor, Kathy Wadenpfuhl, playing flute, along with a performance by the Pagosa Springs Community Band’s brass ensemble. Members of our Britten string ensemble will be playing a variety of chamber music pieces by Brahms, Piazzolla and Bach with other local guest artists.
Please join us for an afternoon of classical music and enjoy the talents our local performing artists have to offer. The concert, which will be on Sunday afternoon, Sept. 7, at 3 p.m. at St. Patrick’s Episcopal Church, will be free of charge. Donations will be accepted and will benefit the Pagosa Springs Community Band and Curtains Up Pagosa.