Music in the Mountains is back for its 23rd season, and it promises to be better than ever. There is something for every music lover and many offerings that will appeal to the broadest possible spectrum of fans.
The festival kicked off Friday with a reception and benefit concert at the Moomaw Ranch in Pagosa Springs. The featured artist, Sir Angel Romero, also will perform at 5 p.m. today at Durango Mountain Resort.
More benefit concerts are slated for July 22 at DMR and July 30 at the Glacier Club. The first performance features a "swinging" concert by guest conductor Carl Topilow and the Festival orchestra, while the second event will present the "fiery" music of violinist Vadim Gluzman together with pianist David Korevaar.
On Monday, the American Brass Quintet will fill the tent at DMR with its unique sound of trumpets, horn and trombones. The group will perform an eclectic mix, including music of the 26th North Carolina regiment of the Civil War's Confederate army. Concert time will be 7 p.m.
The sound next turns Celtic with fiddle champion Eileen Ivers and her band, Immigrant Soul. The show starts at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Durango Mountain Resort. Ivers, who performs with what the Los Angeles Times described as "a drive that triggered almost constant audience handclapping and cheers," promises to take the festival on a little tour away from its classical roots.
That diversion is intentional. As the festival's executive director, Susan Lander, put it, "It's all part of a plan to develop new audiences and keep our festival live and vibrant for many more years."
Ivers and Immigrant Soul will perform again Wednesday evening at the Bootjack Ranch in Pagosa Springs.
Music in the Mountains will continue with events daily through Aug. 2. For the full schedule, see the Herald's Arts & Entertainment page on Tuesdays and Fridays or visit www.musicinthemountains.com.
Durango is richer and more vibrant for having Music in the Mountains, and after 23 years, it is only getting better. The chance to hear such splendid music in such spectacular venues is too good to miss.