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‘Over the Rainbow’ gala to benefit Pagosa Springs Girls Choir

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Photo courtesy Eli Carpenter The San Juan Mountain Boys will join an all-star cast of local and regional musicians at the gala music spectacular, “Over The Rainbow,” benefiting the Pagosa Springs Girls Choir, Thursday evening, March 27, at the Pagosa Springs Center for the Arts.  The evening will begin with a silent auction at 5:30 p.m. and BBQ dinner provided by The Buck Stops Here ($7 cash; not a part of ticket price). The Pagosa Springs Girls Choir will perform prior to the concert that begins at 7 p.m. Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door and can be purchased online at www.pagosacenter.org.

Photo courtesy Eli Carpenter
The San Juan Mountain Boys will join an all-star cast of local and regional musicians at the gala music spectacular, “Over The Rainbow,” benefiting the Pagosa Springs Girls Choir, Thursday evening, March 27, at the Pagosa Springs Center for the Arts.  The evening will begin with a silent auction at 5:30 p.m. and BBQ dinner provided by The Buck Stops Here ($7 cash; not a part of ticket price). The Pagosa Springs Girls Choir will perform prior to the concert that begins at 7 p.m. Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door and can be purchased online at www.pagosacenter.org.

You don’t need ruby slippers or a dog named Toto to enjoy an evening of great music and help a local group of young singers discover what dreams are all about.

“Over the Rainbow” is a gala benefit to help make dreams come true for our town’s newest musical ensemble, the Pagosa Springs Girls Choir.

Eli Carpenter, organizer for the event, has enlisted the help of some of the best local and regional musicians to bring us a spectacular evening of great music at the Pagosa Springs Center for the Arts, Thursday, March 27.

The evening’s festivities will begin at 5:30 p.m. with a silent auction featuring a wide variety of services and goods that have been generously donated by local businesses. While perusing the auction items, enjoy a delicious BBQ meal provided by The Buck Stops Here for only $7 (cash only; not included in the cost of the concert ticket).

Attendees will enjoy the amazing talents of the evening’s honorees, the Pagosa Springs Girls Choir, as a prelude to the all-star concert that will include Blue Grass Cadillac, Dave Mensch, San Juan Mountain Boys and others starting at 7 p.m.

Ticket price for the concert is $20 in advance, $25 at the door and will be available online at www.pagosacenter.org beginning March 10.

“The girls choir is a wonderful organization,” says Carpenter. “Music is everything to me, and I am so grateful that my daughter has had the opportunity to learn how to use her voice and to be able to perform with such an outstanding group. These girls and their director need our support, because what they are accomplishing is extremely important.”

The proceeds of this fundraiser will be used in part to fund an exciting trip to the Santa Fe Opera this summer for all of the girls.

“I don’t want the girls’ music education to stop when they leave rehearsal,” says director Linda Parker. “I want the girls to have some opportunities to learn about the theater and different genres of art and music.”

The trip to Santa Fe is chock full of wonderful adventures in the arts. While there, the girls will tour the magnificent Santa Fe Opera hall, going behind the scenes to see how opera magic is made. The day will culminate as the girls enjoy a performance of “Carmen.” This would be exciting in itself, but the visit to Santa Fe continues with a visit to the Childrens’ Museum. There, the group will study improvisation in a two-hour workshop with a professional actor from Chicago who spends his summers working at the museum. To round out the adventure, the girls will attend a hands-on art workshop at the Georgia O’Keefe Museum.

“All of us need a dream and a goal, and we need to know that we can reach those dreams. We are only limited by our imagination,” said Parker. “‘Over the Rainbow’ is a perfect name for this event, because while the girls will see possibilities of what they can achieve, we’re reminded that ‘there’s no place like home’ to find the support that we need to dare to dream and aspire.”

Please come and help these girls find their pot of gold at the end of the rainbow.

This story was posted on March 6, 2014.