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 in 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.
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.
The mountains are alive with the sound of music this summer when this classical festival comes to Durango from July 7 through July 29, 2018. For the last three decades the Music in the Mountains 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 Music in the Mountains
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.
There are a number of fantastic events to look forward to throughout the festival, including a Dinner & Family Concert at Fort Lewis College’s Community Concert Hall featuring an orchestra of the “classic culinary curiosity” Green Eggs & Ham. Another highlight happening at Purgatory’s Festival Tent is the Chocolate Indulgence event. Animas Chocolates and The Ore House present the a cappella powerhouse Backtrack Vocals, performing arrangements of famous songs such as Over The Rainbow, Can’t Help Falling In Love, and The Beatles’ Blackbird.
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 foot path.
- 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.