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Public-art uproar the latest in a long history

Not again – the uproar over “Arc of History” has an upside, a funny bone and a deep history. Every public-art installation in Durango has brought out complaints, jokes and the always popular “why...

DATE: Aug. 10, 2014 | COLUMN: Culture Gulch

Tavern songs and musical spirits in ‘Carmina’

There’s nothing like a good drinking song. From the corner pub to grand opera, it’s meant to stir the blood. The tenors and basses of the Durango Choral Society, with help from their counterparts...

DATE: July 7, 2014 | COLUMN: Culture Gulch

CSWS launches new summer lecture series

I hope everyone knows Center of Southwest Studies is celebrating its 50th anniversary. Situated on the southern end of the Fort Lewis College campus, the center contains a spacious gallery, the...

DATE: June 9, 2014 | COLUMN: Culture Gulch

Conductor Fomin brought passion and glory to Music in the Mountains

News of Arkady Fomin’s death on May 5 in Dallas has taken many of us by surprise. The ebullient founder and director of Conservatory Music in the Mountains filled many of our summers with a brisk...

DATE: May 12, 2014 | COLUMN: Culture Gulch

An architectural stroll down Main Avenue

A Medici palace on Main Avenue? Yes, indeed. Recently, I showed a picture of the Newman Building, 801-813 Main Ave., in my series “Art as a Matter of Life and Death” at the Durango Arts Center....

DATE: April 7, 2014 | COLUMN: Culture Gulch

Surrounded by sound in sacred space

Last weekend the Durango Choral Society gave its winter concert, “Saints and Sinners,” at First Methodist Church, which is possibly the best surround-sound space in town. The Fort Lewis College...

DATE: March 9, 2014 | COLUMN: Culture Gulch

Guest soprano will warm your winter souls

It wasn’t long ago that soprano Veronica Turner, 30, dismissed Puccini. “When I started college,” Turner said “I didn’t like his music at all.” At the turn of the millennium, Turner was a vocal...

DATE: Feb. 10, 2014 | COLUMN: Culture Gulch

A festival reinvented

Last weekend at the corner of Ninth Street and Third Avenue, a quiet revolution took place. An exploratory jam session turned St. Mark’s Episcopal Church into a cool jazz club. Loaded with...

DATE: Jan. 12, 2014 | COLUMN: Culture Gulch

Music students have their own Morse code

At the center of Mike Morris’s senior recital Wednesday night, he’ll play his own Morse code. Called “Morris Code,” the new work has been written for jazz trio with Morris on drums, Spencer Church...

DATE: Dec. 9, 2013 | COLUMN: Culture Gulch

Joshua Mietz is a storyteller with a clarinet

“At the heart of every great musical composition is a story.” So begins clarinetist Joshua Mietz in his program notes for his upcoming solo recital. Mietz is the featured performer in the next...

DATE: Nov. 11, 2013 | COLUMN: Culture Gulch

Guest of honor is all about collaboration

More than 100 local opera fans attended Tchaikovsky’s “Eugene Onegin” at The MET Live in HD on Saturday. If you were spellbound by “Lenski’s Aria,” you can hear it again Friday at an unusual Fort...

DATE: Oct. 7, 2013 | COLUMN: Culture Gulch

10-minute plays cut to chase at Arts Center

“Pontiac Granville. Convertible. Midnight Blue.” As if it were yesterday, Albert remembers the car he drove on his first date with Elizabeth. Etched in the chambers of memory, a first car is clear...

DATE: Sept. 9, 2013 | COLUMN: Culture Gulch

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