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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 each summer. 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.

The 2021 Music In The Mountains Festival will take place at venues across the region from July 11- August 1, 2021. This year promises to be the most memorable summer yet, celebrating the 35th anniversary of this iconic Durango event.

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.

2021 Performers

2021 will be an incredible year for Music in the Mountains, with plenty of performances lined up. A full schedule has not been released, however many of the performers have already been named. Festival favorites returning this year include Emmanuelle Boisvert, violin; Chris French, cello; Katherine Young-Steele, oboe; Laura Leisring, bassoon, and more.

2021 Venues

A wide variety of venues will be utilized in 2021, with plenty of new locations to be highlighted. This year's venues include the Bayfield Performing Arts Center, Cascade Village, the Community Concert Hall at Fort Lewis College, Glacier Club Valley Clubhouse, Le Platt's Pond, Reising Stage, River Bend Ranch, Roshong Hall at Fort Lewis College, Sky Ute Casino Events Center, Sunflower Theatre, Wagon Road Ranch and a brand new Mobile Stage.

Free Ticket Program

Music in the Mountains is offering a Free Festival Ticket Program that allows all 8th grade students and one accompanying adult a ticket to select classical orchestra or chamber concerts this year. Those wishing to participate must fill out a voucher letter and bring it to the main office at 515 E College Drive in Durango with a current report card on or after June 17.

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 will go on sale for the 2021 events on the Music in the Mountains website on Monday April 12th.
  • Tickets for the concerts can be purchased online up until noon on the day of the concert.
  • 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.
  • 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. 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 2021 Music in the Mountains Festival, including a full schedule events that will be available in the coming months. Don't forget to mark your calendar to buy your tickets beginning April 12, 2021.

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!


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.

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