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December 14, 2017
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Music In The Mountains Winding Down
(2008-07-31)
New Music in the Mountains Conductor Guillermo Figueroa. (Courtesy: Music in the Mountains)
(ksut) - HOST LEAD: One of Southwest Colorado's premier summer events is winding down.
Music in the Mountains ends this weekend, with performances tonight, Saturday and Sunday at DMR, and tomorrow at Pagosa Springs.
The festival's new conductor and executive director both say they're happy with how things have gone this year, despite economic uncertainties.
KSUT's Victor Locke reports:

LANDER: IT'S GONE WONDERFUL, YOU KNOW, ESPECIALLY WITH THE ECONOMY RIGHT NOW.
VICTOR: The 22nd Music in the Mountains presented Pops Night last Saturday, with a movie theme performance by the full symphony orchestra.
Executive Director Susan Lander says the music, food and pops night party was great, even though it wasn't sold out, and may have felt the sagging economy somewhat.
LANDER: WE DIDN'T RAISE AS MUCH AS WE'D HOPED TO, BUT IT WAS A GREAT NIGHT SO, YOU KNOW, YOU ALWAYS WANT TO RAISE MORE THAN YOU CAN.
Despite, Lander is calling this year a success saying they expect to meet or exceed last years attendance of just over 15-thousand.
LANDER: WHEN WE STARTED WE WERE ABOUT FIVE PERCENT AHEAD ON TICKET SALES, AND A LITTLE MORE THAN HALF THROUGH WE'VE HAD THREE SOLD OUT PERFORMANCES AND IT LOOKS LIKE THE WEEKEND WILL PRETTY MUCH SELL OUT TOO.
A lot of those attending, Lander admits, are there to see and hear the festival's new conductor.
Guillermo Figueroa took over the role officially from festival founder and director for the first 21 years, Mischa Semanitsky.
LANDER: THEY LOVE HIM, IT'S JUST LIKE, HE'S MAGNETIC. PEOPLE ARE VERY EXCITED, HE'S A REAL PERSON, HE'S AN EXCELLENT CONDUCTOR, THE MUSICIANS ARE VERY HAPPY.
Figueroa tells me it's been a great first year.
FIGUEROA: CRAZY, INTENSE, CRAZY WONDERFUL, IT'S A WHIRLWIND OF ACTIVITY, THERE'S BEEN SO MUCH STUFF HAPPENING, SO MANY AMAZING CONCERTS, SO MANY WONDERFUL PEOPLE TO MEET. SO MANY NEW THINGS TO DISCOVER, IT'S A LOT TO DIGEST. THE ORCHESTRA WAS AS PROFESSIONAL, AS CAPABLE AS CAN BE. THEY'RE AN INCREDIBLE BUNCH OF MUSICIANS FROM SOME OF THE TOP ORCHESTRA'S IN THE COUNTRY, PROFESSIONAL, THEY PLAY THE REPERTOIRE INSIDE AND OUT, I AM SO THRILLED TO BE WORKING WITH THIS BUNCH OF MUSICIANS.
One of the festival's sold out concerts, again this year, was Mambo Kings, Tuesday night.
Their return for a second year, and the sold out appearance of Celtic fiddler Eileene Ivers, Landers admits, marks a gradual shift by Music in the Mountains to new types of music to attract different audiences.
LANDER: WE'RE STILL A CLASSICAL MUSIC FESTIVAL, WE'RE NOT GOING TO CHANGE THAT, WE'RE GONNA HAVE ORCHESTRA AND CHAMBER CONCERTS, BUT I JUST THINK WE'RE GOING TO SUPPLEMENT A LITTLE BIT. AND AILENE IVERS WAS A GOOD ADDITION BECAUSE SHE'S LIKE, THEY'RE EXCELLENT MUSICIANS, I MEAN IF THEY SELL OUT AND EVERYBODY LIKES THEM, BRING THEM BACK.
Figueroa, as conductor says after this first year, he sees a lot that could perhaps change in years to come.
FIGUEROA: THERE'S A LOT OF THINGS THAT NEED TO BE LOOKED AT, THE FREQUENCY OF CONCERTS, DO WE HAVE TOO MANY CONCERTS, DO WE HAVE TOO FEW CONCERTS, SHOULD THERE BE MORE SYMPHONY. I MEAN ALL OF THAT, I THINK, NOW THAT I'VE HAD MY FIRST YEAR I REALLY KNOW WHAT THIS IS ABOUT, ALL OF THAT, I ASSURE YOU, EVERYTHING IS ON THE TABLE TO BE EXAMINED. I CAN'T TELL YOU RIGHT NOW WHAT THE NEXT SEASON WILL LOOK LIKE BUT I PREDICT THERE WILL BE VERY SIGNIFICANT AND PERCEPTIBLE CHANGES.
Music in the Mountains wraps up with concerts tonight, Saturday and Sunday at DMR, and tomorrow night at Bootjack Ranch in Pagosa Springs.
The weekend concerts are close to being sold out.
From KSUT, Four Corners Public Radio, I'm Victor Locke.
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