Music in the Mountains Celebrates its
24th Summer Festival Season Hosting 41 Concerts and
DURANGO, CO.– Music in the Mountains celebrates its 24th
season featuring orchestra, chamber and conservatory
performances of classical and world music. A host of
concerts and events are slated in venues set in the
spectacular San Juan Mountains of southwest Colorado and
northwest New Mexico from July 10 through August 1,
Deemed as one of the longest running classical music
festivals in the southwest, Artistic Director Gregory
Hustis and Music Director and Conductor Guillermo
Figueroa promise to take audiences on a musical
adventure through the classics. World-class musicians
travel from across the globe to join together and form
the Festival Orchestra, and this season they will
perform music from the classical masters to sounds of
the traditional East Coast.
Among the Festival’s distinguished guest artists are
virtuoso violinists Vadim Gluzman and Dmitri Berlinsky,
Israeli pianist, Aviram Reichert, outstanding oboist,
Erin Hannigan, legendary pops conductor Carl Topilow,
and Cape Breton fiddler, Natalie MacMaster.
Conservatory Music in the Mountains Artistic Director
Arkady Fomin draws more than 150 students and faculty
enabling students to work with musicians of
international rank and perform with young artists from
around the world.
2010 Festival Artwork Artist:
Lance Mumma, “San Juan Flowers” on oil
Colorado native Lance Mumma’s artwork, “San Juan
Flowers” is featured in the Festival’s 2010
promotional materials. The work has been donated
by Toh-Atin Gallery in Durango and will be
auctioned at the Pops Night Benefit Dinner and
Concert at Durango Mountain Resort July 22.
The painting is a meadow of Colorado wildflowers,
including Colorado Columbines and Paintbrush. The peak
in the far background is Grizzly Peak, a 13,738 foot
mountain near Silverton, Colorado.” Durango
native, Lance Mumma has a passion for the great outdoors
and scenic qualities of the American Southwest. Growing
up in the mountains and deserts of the Four Corners area
has provided outstanding subjects for his oil paintings.
He has studied art at New Mexico State University,
Scottsdale Artists School and with such notable artists
as Valoy Eaton, Lee Rommel and his mentor, Wilson
Hurley. “I work with light and the effect of the
atmosphere on landscapes as this feature brings a
painting to life and provides the reality I am trying to
capture.” Lance’s art has been featured in several
galleries including Savage Galleries in Santa Fe, New
Mexico and Scottsdale, Arizona. Lance prefers to paint
landscapes of the Southwest based on field studies,
which he captures on site and directly from nature. This
technique enables him to take these field studies to the
studio to create larger oil paintings. The end result is
an exciting display of some of nature’s finest features.
His work is featured at the prestigious Toh-Atin Gallery
in Durango, Colorado.
The three-week Festival runs from July 10 through August
1, 2010. Tickets may be purchased online at
www.musicinthemountains.com, in person at the Festival
Office, 1063 Main Avenue and the Community Concert Hall
Ticket Office, 707 ˝ Main Avenue in Durango or by
calling (970) 385-6820. Group and Series ticket
discounts are available. Pagosa Springs concert tickets
may also be purchased at the Pagosa Springs Chamber of
Commerce, 402 San Juan in Pagosa Springs.
Music in the Mountains is a fully integrated festival of
orchestra, chamber music and young artists’ performances
in conjunction with Conservatory Music in the Mountains.
Its year-round Music in the Mountains Goes to School
program reaches thousands of elementary and secondary
school students in the Four Corners region through
hands-on instruction and free concerts. A 501(c)(3)
corporation, Music in the Mountains is supported through
contributions from foundations, businesses and
individuals, locally, regionally and nationally.