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Mountain Light Music Festival premiers tomorrow with Baylor Brass

Photo courtesy Heidi Tanner
The Baylor Brass concert is tomorrow evening at the Wyndham pavilion. Tickets under the tent on sale for $15 and lawn seating tickets on sale for $10. The concert begins at 5:30 p.m., with the venue opening at 5 p.m.

By Heidi Tanner and Kathy Wadenpfuhl
Special to The PREVIEW

Tomorrow evening, Aug. 11, beginning at 5:30 p.m., Pagosans will be treated to the first of many Mountain Light Music Festivals. This special concert will feature the Baylor Brass and our very own Pagosa Brass.

Baylor Brass is a brass quintet, which is a small musical ensemble that features two trumpets, a horn, a trombone and a tuba.

The members of Baylor Brass — Wiff Rudd, Mark Schubert, Jeffrey Powers, Brent Phillips and Dr. Kent Eshelman — are all faculty members from Baylor University in Waco, Texas, but each of them has a broad and varied career in which they have played with orchestras, both in the United States and abroad, have regularly participated in educational clinics and are recording artists whose works will be on sale the evening of the concert.

The concert will be held at the Wyndham pavilion at 538 Village Drive. Wyndham has recently moved their tent to this location. It is adjacent to the tennis courts and behind the activities building.

Friday evening’s Festival concert is hosted by the Pagosa Springs Instrumental Music Society (PSIMS), the parent organization of the Pagosa Springs Community Band. Mountain Light Music Festival is the brainchild of Chet Russell, who is a world-renowned outfitter and lodge owner.

Tickets for seating under the tent are $15, while lawn seating tickets are $10 and are on sale now at Bookends, Jim Smith Realty, the Pagosa Springs Area Chamber of Commerce and Pagosa Brewing Company (ask for Tony). If you are planning to sit on the lawn, please bring your own chair or blanket and cover for rain, should that be needed.

This concert is a fundraiser for PSIMS. Members of PSIMS participate in the Pagosa Springs Community Band and chamber music concerts throughout the year. These local concerts are free to the public and feature the boundless local musical talent we are fortunate to have.

The musicians who participate in concerts presented by PSIMS are musical ambassadors who share their talents with fellow Pagosans by exposing them to many different genres of music. As illustration of our local talent, Friday evening’s concert will begin with PSIMS Pagosa Brass. Members of the Pagosa Brass include Larry Elginer and Larry Baisdon on trumpet, D’Ann Artis on horn, Dan Burch playing trombone and James Kiker on tuba.

Funds raised at the concert will be used by the living here in Pagosa Springs to assist in ongoing operations of this 501(c)(3) nonprofit, such as the purchase of music and printing of programs and allows PSIMS to donate funds to our local school instrumental music programs assisting them with repairs, music, and equipment. Donations above and beyond sales of tickets and beverages will be accepted with gratitude and a tax-deductible receipt will be available.

Tomorrow, Friday, Aug. 11, is the evening for this wonderful and rare opportunity to enjoy a wide variety of chamber music for brass quintet. The fun begins at 5:30 p.m. with the venue opening at 5 p.m.

We guarantee you will be happy you came to enjoy beautiful brass chamber music in Pagosa’s beautiful outdoors. Both pavilion tent tickets and lawn tickets will be available at the door.

This story was posted on August 10, 2017.