It’s not often that Durango’s guardians of classical music get together to share their cultural resources. But for the first time, Music in the Mountains, the San Juan Symphony and Fort Lewis College are combining their forces in what they’re calling the Brass Summit.
“We had one last year that we did ourselves, but this is the first time we’ve all collaborated on anything of this scale,” said Marc Reed, chairman of the FLC music department and director of brass studies. He also plays trombone with the symphony.
The summit began Thursday night with a French-themed, high-ticket fundraiser for Music in the Mountains. Reed performed with the visiting guest soloists, horn player Greg Hustis and trumpeter Mary Elizabeth Bowden. Hustis also serves as artistic director for Music in the Mountains. Bowden has been one of the most respected soloists on the circuit since she was 14, with a long list of symphonic credits and awards from coast to coast.
Both soloists, and Reed, will be busy Saturday as the full summit unfolds. They will spend the morning in Roshong Recital Hall, where Hustis and Bowden will speak and teach free master classes on their respective instruments. Also during the morning session, Reed will lead a performance by the symphony’s trombone section.
In the afternoon, all will move over to the concert hall, where the rehearsal for Saturday night’s San Juan Symphony concert will be free and open to the public.
“For Saturday, anyone who is a lover of brass, student or retired people, any and all, will have a great day,” Reed said.