‘Mountains’ orchestra shines in rain

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‘Mountains’ orchestra shines in rain

Crowds sparse for first weekend of music festival
Cellist Desmond Hoebig made his Music in the Mountains debut Sunday at Durango Mountain Resort. He performed Haydn’s Cello Concerto No. 2 in D with the Festival Orchestra, under the direction of Maestro Guillermo Figueroa.
Fun facts à la FLC Professor Mack Berven

For the second season in a row, Fort Lewis College Professor Emerita Linda Mack Berven is giving pre-concert lectures at Music in the Mountains.
She has three remaining this season, one at the Center of Southwest Studies on Sunday and in the Durango Club at Durango Mountain Resort on July 27 and 28.
All start at 4:30 p.m. and are free.
Some fun facts from the Saturday and Sunday lectures:
Robert Schumann first met his future wife, Clara, when she was 9. He took her father to court when she was 16 to get permission to marry her.
Schumann, who began his career as a pianist, ruined his hands at the age of 20 by employing a homemade gadget to stretch and strengthen his fingers. His wife became known for interpreting his works.
Schumann was an alcoholic, had syphilis and went insane, once leaping into the Rhine River in his pajamas. He spent the last two years of his life in an insane asylum.
Johannes Brahms was a cigar-smoking bachelor who loved Clara Schumann for 40 years, although he declined to marry her after Robert Schumann’s death.
Brahms’ voice didn’t change until he was 20.
Brahms and opera composer Richard Wagner hated each other, which may be the reason Brahms never wrote an opera.
Mozart once wrote a symphony in three days. It took Brahms 22 years to write his first symphony, in large part because he suffered from impostor syndrome, feeling that people would learn that he was a fraud. It didn’t help that Schumann called Brahms the “savior of German music” and “the successor to Beethoven.”
It helps to have friends. Music in the Mountains Music Director Guillermo Figueroa’s friend Ernesto Cordero wrote and dedicated a concerto in Figueroa’s honor, and another friend helped them record it with I Solisti di Zagreb, leading to a Latin Grammy nomination for Figueroa.
abutler@durangoherald.com.

Music in the Mountains

For tickets and more information, call 385-6820 or visit www.musicinthemountains.com.
Today: Family Festivo, Festival Orchestra members, 11 a.m., free, Durango Discovery Museum, 1333 Camino del Rio.
Today: Next Generation II, Conservatory Young Artists Competition, 7:30 p.m., $10-$20, Roshong Recital Hall at Fort Lewis College.
Wednesday: Pops Night benefit dinner & concert, (Tom Demer, violin; Paul Demer, guitar), 5:30 p.m., $150, Durango Mountain Resort.
Wednesday: Next Generation III, Conservatory Young Artists Competition, 7:30 p.m., $10-$20, Roshong Recital Hall at Fort Lewis College.
Thursday: “Celestial Splendor,” chamber concert: Arcangelo Corelli – Concerto Grosso No. I in F, Op. 6; Henry Purcell – Chacony in G minor, Z. 730; Antonio Vivaldi – Concerto for Four Violins in B Minor, OP. 3, No. 10; Johann Pachelbel – Canon and Gigue in D; Johann Sebastian Bach – Orchestral Suite No. 1 in C, BWV 1066, 7 p.m., $15-$39, St. Columba Catholic Church, 1801 East Third Ave.

‘Mountains’ orchestra shines in rain

Cellist Desmond Hoebig made his Music in the Mountains debut Sunday at Durango Mountain Resort. He performed Haydn’s Cello Concerto No. 2 in D with the Festival Orchestra, under the direction of Maestro Guillermo Figueroa.
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