Music in the Mountains’ Mischa Semanitzky ‘very dedicated to adopting Durango’

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Music in the Mountains’ Mischa Semanitzky ‘very dedicated to adopting Durango’

Friends, colleagues remember one of festival’s founders
Maestro Mischa Semanitzky, a founder of Durango’s annual Music in the Mountains Festival, died Sunday in Phoenix at age 89.
Mischa Semanitzky was one of the founders of Durango’s annual music festival, Music in the Mountains.
Eleven musicians participated in the first Music in the Mountains in 1987.
Mischa Semanitzky

Mischa (Michael) John Semanitzky died Sunday, Dec. 3, 2017, in Phoenix. He was 89.
Semanitzky, a founder of Durango’s annual Music in the Mountains festval, was born Aug. 16, 1928, in Pittsburgh to Archpriest Very Right Reverend John Semanitzky and Katherine Jusciscin Semanitzky.
He earned his bachelor and master’s degrees from Yale University and his doctorate from Columbia University. He spent his career conducting orchestras in the United States and around the world.
Semanitzky is survived by his wife, Jenny St. John of Phoenix; stepdaughter Amanda Burke Summers of Phoenix; stepson Benjamin Burke of Dallas; four grandsons; and five nieces and nephews.
A memorial service will be held for Semanitzky at 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 9, at All Saints’ Episcopal Church, 6300 N. Central Ave. in Phoenix.
Memorial donations may be made to Music In the Mountains, P. O. Box 3751, Durango, CO 81301, or Arizona Opera, 1636 N. Central Ave., Phoenix, AZ 85004.

Music in the Mountains’ Mischa Semanitzky ‘very dedicated to adopting Durango’

Maestro Mischa Semanitzky, a founder of Durango’s annual Music in the Mountains Festival, died Sunday in Phoenix at age 89.
Mischa Semanitzky was one of the founders of Durango’s annual music festival, Music in the Mountains.
Eleven musicians participated in the first Music in the Mountains in 1987.
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