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Music In The Mountains

Classical Music Festival In Durango

The mountains are alive with the sound of music this summer when this classical festival comes to Durango from July 6th through July 28th, 2019. For the last three decades, the Music in the Mountains Festival has brought the sounds of classical music to the scenic town of Durango, Colorado. This exciting musical event features a number of high caliber performances, including orchestra, chamber and conservatory performances of classical and world music.

History of the Festival

The Music in the Mountains Festival was originally founded in 1987 by conductor Mischa Semanitzky. It was created with the support of The Durango Herald, Fort Lewis College, the Bank of Colorado, Morley Ballantine and Durango Mountain Resort. In 2008 the principal horn player for the Dallas Symphony, Gregory Hustis, became the new Artistic Director – succeeding Semanitzky. Members of the Dallas Symphony were very important in the original formation of the festival and the event maintains a lot of strong ties to the Dallas Music Community.

Event Schedule

There are a number of fantastic events to look forward to throughout the festival. Some of the highlights this year include Chocolate Indulgence, where guests will sample artisan desserts while listening to music from Boyd Meets Girl. Also, Charlie Chaplin’s Smile, including performances by Philippe Quint and Marta Aznavoorian, will showcase Chaplin’s most beautiful and well-known music. Don’t forget a visitor favorite, the Dinner & Family Concert, for a family friendly picnic and concert perfect for all ages.

Event Schedule

Enjoy views of the Twilight Peaks while indulging in a variety of artisan desserts. Animas Chocolate Company and the Ore House restaurant will create numerous “duets” that pair handcrafted chocolate desserts with a specialty cocktail, beer, or wine as a prelude to a magical musical evening.

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:

  • Many performances are held within a tent which can be cool in the evenings, so bring along a coat or a sweater.
  • Comfortable shoes are recommended, as walking to the festival tent requires walking up a set of stairs and down a paved footpath.
  • Tickets for the concerts can be purchased online up until noon on the day of the concert.
  • It is also possible to purchase a “Grass Pass” so that you can sit outside on the grass and listen. The musicians on stage will not be visible, but the tickets are only $5 so it is a nice way to enjoy the music on a budget while admiring the sights of the San Juan Mountains.
  • It’s a good idea to plan for lodging nearby the event. Silverpick Lodge is a good choice for a conveniently located mountain spot close to the festival activities. You should also check out our campgrounds page if you’re looking to do something a little different.

The Rochester Hotel’s Secret Garden Concert Series

Supporting Non-Profit Organizations Around The Community

Live music, food vendors and drinks, all while surrounded by the divine scenery of Rochester's Secret Garden. Every year the Rochester Hotel hosts its Secret Garden Concert series to raise money for nonprofit organizations in the Durango area. This year's series at The Rochester Hotel kicks off June 26.

Summer Concert Series

The concert series benefits the nonprofit community and promotes Durango’s talented music scene by featuring a different nonprofit and musical talent every Wednesday night. There will be a bar and food vendors at each event. We encourage you to attend as many concerts as you can since all proceeds are split between participating nonprofits at the end of the summer. Come out & support your community organizations in Durango!

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The Secret Garden at The Rochester Hotel

Tucked away behind The Rochester, the Secret Garden typically offers a quiet space in the middle of Durango to relax and refresh. On occasion, the Secret Garden is the site for exciting events and concerts like the Summer Concert Series. It is a picturesque, back-yard style venue perfect for gathering small crowds. Guests are surrounded by beautiful historic bricking, green trees and bright colored flowers while they listen to local musicians and support a good cause.

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About The Rochester

Luxurious accommodations in the spirit of the Old West, all conveniently located in downtown Durango. Built in 1892, the historic Rochester Hotel is situated on a beautifully landscaped site featuring a flower-filled courtyard, perfect for enjoying a summer evening with live music. Guests enjoy free onsite parking, a full gourmet breakfast, afternoon cookies, and complimentary cruiser bicycles. Book your stay today!

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2019 Summer Concert Series Schedule

The Rochester Hotel's Secret Garden is the ideal scene to relax if you are a local or just visiting. Maybe even make it into a trip or a long weekend vacation and get a suite at The Rochester Hotel while enjoying the concerts! Stay tuned for any updates on the concert series this summer on the Rochester Hotel website, or keep track of their events on Facebook. Check out the lineup for this year's Community Concert Series below.