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‘Music’ to our ears

27th annual classical music festival fills souls – and local businesses’ pocketbooks
Festival highlights

Music in the Mountains kicks off with its Crossroads fundraiser at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Glacier Club featuring oboist Erin Hannigan in a multimedia presentation with photos by Paul Boyer. It continues through July 28. All concerts are at the Festival Tent at Durango Mountain Resort unless otherwise noted.
To learn more and purchase tickets, visit www.musicinthemountains.com, call 385-6820 or stop by the festival office at 1063 Main Ave.
Three world music concerts
7 p.m. Thursday: Latin band Nosotros. The dance floor will be open.
7 p.m. July 19: Songwriter/musician A.J. Croce.
7 p.m. July 20: Grammy winner Alison Brown Quartet.
Five concerts featuring the Festival Orchestra
5:30 P.M. JULY 13: Noble Legends, featuring Maestro Guillermo Figueroa playing “Insula: Suite Concertante” by Ernesto Cordero from his Latin Grammy-nominated recording.
5:30 P.M. JULY 14: Melodic Revival. Violinist Alex Kerr has had to withdraw for personal reasons, so guest cellist Desmond Hoebig will perform a Haydn concerto instead of pairing with Kerr for the Brahms Double.
5:30 P.M. JULY 21: At the Community Concert Hall at Fort Lewis College – Dramatic Passage, with Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5 in C Minor and David Korevaar performing Gershwin’s Concerto in F for Piano and Orchestra.
5:30 P.M. JULY 27: Flights of Fancy, including a performance by the winner of the Conservatory at Music in the Mountains competition and Stravinsky’s Suite from “The Firebird.”
5:30 P.M. JULY 28: Symphonic Poetry with guest violin virtuoso Rachel Barton-Pine closes the festival.
Three chamber music concerts
7 p.m. Friday: Strings of Spirit, including the world premiere of Miguel del Águila’s “Salón Buenos Aires,” performed with the composer.
7 p.m. July 18: Celestial Splendor including Pachelbel’s Canon in D and Bach’s Orchestral Suite No. 1 in C., At St. Columba Catholic Church, 1830 East Second Ave.
7 p.m. July 24: Elements of Rhythm including selections from Mozart’s “The Marriage of Figaro” and Orff’s “Carmina Burana” Five Movements for Ten Wind Players, at First Baptist Church of Durango, 332 E. 11th St.
Free events
Noon July 15: Brass quintet, n the lobby of First National Bank of Durango, 259 E. Ninth St.
11 a.m. July 16: Family Festivo, revamped this year. Includes free lunch and “Science of Music” games and activities, at the Durango Discovery Museum, 1330 Camino del Rio.
Other highlights include:
5:30 p.m. July 17: Pops Night, a benefit dinner and concert featuring Tom Demer on violin and Paul Demer on guitar with Tom’s Trinity Riverbottom Ramblin’ Breakdown Fiddle-style Tunes.
7 p.m. July 26: Swing, Swing, Swing, big-band favorites conducted by Carl Topilow, with vocalist Helen Welch. The dance floor will be open.
Free pre-orchestra concert lectures by Linda Mack Berven, conservatory student and faculty concerts and a number of other activities are also on the schedule. Grass passes in front of the Festival Tent are available for $5.

‘Music’ to our ears

The 2013 venues ranging from a ski resort to a college, to churches and even a bank lobby. Guillermo Figueroa conducts a symphony last year in the Music in the Mountains tent at Durango Mountain Resort.
The Music in the Mountains Conservatory attracts talented youths near and far. Kim Crawford, 15, daughter of Mike and Diana Crawford of Hesperus, warms up on her violin before performing at a festival fundraiser recently at the Glacier Club. In the background is Kim’s sister, Lexie Crawford, 13, with her cello. Kim and Lexie are attending the Conservatory.
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