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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

No need to travel to New York City; opera comes here

This story is a triumph for small town America. Beginning Oct. 4, The MET: Live in HD will return to Durango. Ten transmissions of matinee performances at the Metropolitan Opera in New York City...

DATE: Aug. 12, 2013 | COLUMN: Culture Gulch

Romantics rejoice with local music festival opening

Opening the first full weekend of concerts for this year’s Music in the Mountains, an abundance of Brahms and Schumann’s “Spring” symphony seemed to set a Romantic tone. That’s been changed. The...

DATE: July 8, 2013 | COLUMN: Culture Gulch

New York City’s Met Museum sets a high bar for protest art

Chances are you’ll find a flower painting or two in the upcoming Annual Juried Exhibit at the Durango Arts Center.Scheduled to open June 21, the exhibit is in its 37th year. That alone is something...

DATE: June 10, 2013 | COLUMN: Culture Gulch

Busy musicians, actors shrug off ‘shoulder’ season

Mid May. It’s time for chamber music and 10-minute plays. The fifth annual Durango Chamber Music Festival got off to a colorful start Friday. “Rhythm, Romance and Revelry,” this year’s edition,...

DATE: May 13, 2013 | COLUMN: Culture Gulch

One last chance to catch Swanson on the ivories

Fans of pianist Adam Swanson have one more chance to hear this ragtime wizard before spring turns to summer.Fresh from his triumphs at the first Ragtime Piano Festival at the Strater Hotel and his...

DATE: April 8, 2013 | COLUMN: Culture Gulch

Seven Fort Lewis theater students to act in Calif.

Tuesday evening, a group of Fort Lewis College theater students ran through their competition pieces for the next Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival.FLC belongs to Region Eight and...

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

DHS puts on a dream of a play: ‘Glass Menagerie’

“We’re in Farmington looking for glass figurines.”Kristin Winchester, director of the Durango High School drama program, cheerfully reported about her search Saturday for a key set of props. All...

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

Dave Brubeck inspired a strong finish to 2012

Overtures and finales. It turns out they’re not just important for starting and stopping concerts, but often memorable.A simple G Major scale turned out to be my pick for the most unusual overture...

DATE: Dec. 10, 2012 | COLUMN: Culture Gulch

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