A new beginning for Music in the Mountains

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A new beginning for Music in the Mountains

Festival will launch 33rd season July 6
Music in the Mountains will kick off its 33rd season on July 6.
Mack Berven

A new beginning for Music in the Mountains

Music in the Mountains will kick off its 33rd season on July 6.
Mack Berven
Programs not to miss

Leenda’s preconcert lecturesThe indomitable Linda Mack Berven will once again deliver her colorful and entertaining pre-concert talks one hour before the Festival Orchestra performances. The talks will be given a few steps from the Concert Hall in the first floor Lyceum of the Center of Southwest Studies.
Mack Berven is a former professor of music at FLC and happens to be celebrating her 20th anniversary as director of the Durango Choral Society.
“I don’t use PowerPoint,” she said in an interview. “I use visuals, costumes and props to make what I say about the music and the composer memorable.
“For the opera lecture, I’m going to pass out a handout with my favorite opera terms and explain the terminology. I’ll also focus on how the art of opera began. I have a closet full of ‘diva wear,’ and I intend to go full-bore, operatic glitz for the lecture.”
Mack Berven says she’s looking forward to also revisiting her friends: Beethoven, Mozart, Tchaikovsky, Schumann and the like.
“There are always new, wild stories, costumes and props to accompany the great masters.”
Paddington Bear’s First ConcertBring the kids. The festival’s family concert with picnic supper continues to be a success, and the Community Concert Hall has proven to be a perfect venue.
Starting at 5:30 p.m. and costing only $5 per person, the family event sports picnic fare out in the courtyard followed by a seat-yourself performance of an orchestral work for young people.
Organizers have opted for a new piece each year, so “Paddington Bear’s First Concert” follows last year’s imaginative performance of “Green Eggs and Ham.” Guest conducted by our own Thomas Heuser of the San Juan Symphony, the Paddington story begins in confusion and develops as a colorful introduction to classical music. Children, parents and grandparents are the target audience, and the inimitable Gordon Thomas returns as narrator.
Free tickets for middle schoolers If you are a middle schooler, seventh or eighth grader, and show up with your report card at the Music in the Mountains office, 515 E. College Drive, you can get a free ticket to any classical chamber or orchestral concert. Because you will need someone to drive you, you may get a second free ticket for your parent, guardian or older sibling. This offer has been in place a long time, said Executive Director Angie Beach, but few people know about it.
“The free tickets-for-middle-schoolers program is sponsored by McDonald’s. It’s a great opportunity to learn about classical music.”
Judith Reynolds

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