Judith Reynolds

Position: Special to the Herald

Email: judithlreynolds@yahoo.com

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

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

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