In 2023, Music in the Mountains celebrated our 37th Anniversary Season with four weeks of incredible classical music in the heart of Southwest Colorado!
As Music in the Mountains prepares for its 38th season under the baton of Guillermo Figueroa, the maestro has announced that this will be his final season. He will transition to Artistic Director & Conductor Emeritus in September 2024.
Figueroa is the second conductor in the Festival’s history; he has been Music in the Mountains’ conductor since 2007. In 2022 the Board of Directors appointed him to step into the Artistic Director role upon the retirement of former Artistic Director, Gregory Hustis.
We are delighted to reveal this year’s commissioned Festival Artwork, “La Plata Cacophony,” by local artist Chris Warren!
Chris is a professional artist and Durango native creating intricate and unique patterns of color using topographic data. For our 2023 Festival Artwork, Chris created a piece which literally features mountains in the music! The background is the same color topographic map of La Plata County overlaid onto itself multiple times, creating a cacophony of color meant to evoke the larger-than-life sounds you can only hear at live symphonic performances.
Read on to get to know more about Chris, his background, and where the inspiration for this year’s piece came from.
We’re incredibly excited to reveal this year’s commissioned Festival Artwork by local artist Ann Smith!
Ann is a local watercolor artist best known for her beautiful and expressive large-scale watercolors. Exhibited regionally and nationally, Ann’s award-winning paintings are passionately created and have been featured in many publications.
Read on to get to know more about Ann, her background, and where the inspiration for this year’s piece came from.
We are incredibly excited to announce the winners of our 2022 Youth Ambassador Scholarship program!
The new Music in the Mountains Youth Ambassador Scholarship program, sponsored by Bank of Colorado, allows the selected junior and senior high school students to expand and enhance their musical knowledge and talent with a scholarship package of an estimated value of $3,000/student.
2018 Festival Highlights Some of our favorite moments from our 2018 summer festival In 2018 our beloved Durango was impacted by the 416 Fire, which lasted from June 1 to July 9, 2018. Despite this, we were able to hold our summer classical music festival in a time when the healing power of music was …