Music in the Mountains will welcome new faces and old friends when the classical music festival returns for its 24th
season July 10 through Aug. 1 in Durango, Pagosa Springs and, for the first time, Kirtland, N.M.
Guillermo Figueroa is back as conductor and music director, and he'll welcome several familiar guest performers,including violinist Vadim Gluzman, pianist Aviram Reichert and pops conductor Carl Topilow. The other guest soloists
will be violinist Dmitri Berlinsky and oboist Erin Hannigan, who both performed with the orchestra in previous years,and fiddler/vocalist Natalie MacMaster, who will make her MIM debut this summer.
The Russian-born Berlinsky will open the festival as the featured performer for the galas in Pagosa Springs and Durango
Mountain Resort, and MIM concludes with the full festival orchestra's presentation of A Night at the Opera" under the
festival tent Aug. 1 at DMR.
In a switch from previous years, the full 65- to 70-member orchestra will perform during the last two weekends of the
festival, while the early concerts will be heavy on chamber concerts and the debut of a 25-member chamber
Also back is Arkady Fomin's Conservatory Music in the Mountains, which draws more than 150 students who will get the
chance to perform with the professionals and attend a handful of master classes. The master classes are free and open
to the public, as well.
Tickets can be purchased online at www.music
inthemountains.com; in person at the Festival Office, 1063 Main Ave.; and the Community Concert Hall Ticket Office,707½ Main Ave. in Durango; or by calling 385-6820. Pagosa Springs concert tickets can also be purchased at the Pagosa
Springs Chamber of Commerce, 402 San Juan in Pagosa Springs.