The mountains are alive with the sound of classical music this summer when Southwest Colorado’s premier classical music festival returns to the region! For nearly forty years, Music in the Mountains has brought the sounds of classical music to the scenic town of Durango, Colorado, each July. This world-class musical festival features four weeks of incredible classical music, performed by the highest caliber of musicians from across the country.
The 2024 Music In The Mountains Festival will take place this July 11- August 4, 2024.
History of the Festival
Music in the Mountains was originally founded in 1987 by conductor Mischa Semanitzky, with support from local community members and entities. The first season included five concerts and featured 11 musicians. Now, nearly 40 years later, the Festival has grown both in size and scope, featuring a full orchestra and four weeks of concerts each year, with everything from orchestra concerts to chamber concerts, a spectacular Pops Night Benefit Event to a casual, family-friendly picnic and concert.
Each year, Music in the Mountains welcomes the highest caliber of musicians from across the country to call Durango home for their four week festival. World-class and world-renowned musicians flock to Durango to join the full orchestra, creating a unique and unforgettable musical experience led by Maestro Guillermo Figueroa.2024 Performers
Each year’s Festival also features a range of amazing soloists, featuring names like Vadim Guzman, Philippe Quint, Tony deSare, Richard Kaufman, and so many more.
The Community Concert Hall at Fort Lewis College is the mainstage venue for Music in the Mountains, with additional concerts held throughout the region in venues such as the Sky Ute Resort Event Center, the Glacier Club, and more intimate settings such as local churches. Plus, be sure to catch the opening weekend of the Festival, when the Music in the Mountains custom-built mobile stage will roll through the region, hosting nine FREE concerts over three days in local parks across the region!2024 Venues
Free Ticket Program
In addition to entertaining and delighting audiences with the joy of classical music, Music in the Mountains is also committed to educating the next generation of music lovers and music makers to the richness of classical music. Their Free Festival Ticket Program is designed to inspire young people to continue their pursuits in and enjoyment of classical music.Free Ticket Program
The program offers up to two FREE student tickets with the purchase of one adult ticket to select concerts during the Festival season.
Tips for Visiting the Festival
If you are planning on taking part in the festival this year, here are some helpful tips to keep in mind:
- Tickets for the concerts can be purchased the day-of (starting one hour prior to the concert at the venue), if tickets are still available. However, events can sell out quickly and ahead of time, so it’s a good idea to buy your tickets to all events as early as possible!
- If you are planning on attending any Free Mobile Stage concerts, be sure to check the schedule ahead of time, as well as leading up to the event. These free concerts will be canceled in the event of inclement weather.
- The Community Concert Hall is located just up the hill from downtown Durango, a five minute drive from all the great restaurants and bars the town has to offer.
- It’s a good idea to plan for lodging nearby the event. Cozy vacation rentals are a great option for some relaxation and privacy on your trip, while area hotels will keep you close to the action with plenty of awesome amenities.
Please check back for more information on the 2024 Music in the Mountains Festival, including a full schedule events that will be available in the coming months.