Update to our 2020 Festival Season!

Without music, life is a mistake.” – Friedrich Nietzsche

MUSIC IN THE MOUNTAINS CANCELS FESTIVAL FOR FIRST TIME IN 34 YEAR HISTORY

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic sweeping across the country, Music in the Mountains made the difficult decision to shutter its 34th season of classical and world music performances. A host of concerts and events that were slated in venues set in the spectacular San Juan Mountains of Southwest Colorado in and around Durango, from July 11 through August 2, 2020 have been canceled for the season.
 
“The decision was a difficult one from an emotional standpoint, but the writing was on the wall,” said Executive Director, Angie Beach.  “Our next scheduled event is a Music in the Mountains Goes to School golf tournament fundraiser at Glacier Club on October 1st.  We remain hopeful that there will not be a second wave of the virus and that this much needed fundraiser can still take place.” 
      
Board President, Steve Philips said, “By making this decision, we are better placed to conserve our resources, financial and other, for the longer term sustainability of the organization.  We want to be ready and at full strength when it is safe for all to resume our mission to bring world-class music to Durango.”

The pandemic the world is currently experiencing is unprecedented and unpredictable, and the organization is following guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and government leaders. “The health, safety, and wellbeing of our audiences, neighbors, players, and staff is our foremost concern. Yet, we are endeavoring to be a strong, positive presence in our community and to be part of the healing and recovery this summer,” said Beach. 

“Even the fires of 2018 were not enough to stop Music in the Mountains from taking place, but this summer we are having to cancel the performances for the first time in our 34 year history.  Despite the dire crisis in which we are all in, Maestro Figueroa, staff, the board of directors and all of us at Music in the Mountains are working on possible plans to present something – such as a drive-in concert - for our beloved Durango community,” said Artistic Director, Gregory Hustis.  Exploration for what is possible is underway. 
    
“We recognize the importance of Music in the Mountains and other cultural organizations to the local community, and we intend to remain in close contact with our partner organizations and businesses in the region to assess the situation and announce any news we may have,” said Beach.

Music in the Mountains is a fully integrated festival of orchestra and chamber music performances and world music. 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. Ticket sales generate less than 20% of total revenue.  A 501(c)(3) corporation, Music in the Mountains is supported through contributions from foundations, businesses and individuals, locally, regionally and nationally. 


We understand the impact the current economic situation has had, yet we hope if you are interested and able, you can still support Music in the Mountains and our mission to bring world-class music and educational programming to our region. Please click on the donation link for information on new charitable giving tax incentives as well. We will miss sharing the magic that our festival brings, but look forward to next summer!

Thank you for your continued support, now and always.

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