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A musical tribute

The heart of last week’s Southwest Civic Winds concert was “American Elegy,” by American composer Frank Ticheli. It was more than an appropriate choice. The concert, “Legacy,” paid tribute t...

A Gold Rush tale grounded in fact

Durango author Eilene Lyon’s new book, “Fortune’s Frenzy: A California Gold Rush Odyssey,” examines the California Gold Rush from the perspective of a struggling Indiana farm family. On the ...

Plays and audiences

“Why this play now?” Pesha Rudnick, director of the final work at PlayFest 2023, asked in the closing talkback session last Sunday. Rudnick said she raises that question every time she encou...

PlayFest heads toward the future

PlayFest 2023 has set sail with a dedication, a playwright panel and a stunning opening-night solo show that all signal a promising future. Last Sunday, the festival got underway as company ...

One bright, shining moment

Last week, the Durango Chamber Music Festival concluded its 15th season of noontime recitals to overflow crowds. For 15 years, the festival has prompted locals to ask: Can you believe the mu...

Chamber music at noon

Mika Inouye, artistic director of the Durango Chamber Music Festival, has conjured up another series of surprising noontime recitals. The 2023 festival runs every day next week, June 5 to 9,...

Live, laugh and sing, but don’t say goodbye

Last Sunday, the Durango Choral Society celebrated another successful year with a festive party. Simply titled, “Live, Laugh, Love: Cabaret,” the dinner, drinks, schmoozing and musical potpo...

Performing arts in bloom

Durango’s persistent shortage of social and performing arts venues is changing. Tonight (May 12), Durango’s finest mid-sized performance venue will host another memorable recital and a new v...

A historic musical merger

After more than two decades of organizing, and sponsoring a multitude of concerts and festivals, searching out, cajoling, persuading and convincing top-notch musicians to participate, and cr...

Sweden comes to Mesa Verde– again

“What about repatriation?” Mats Carlsson-Lénart asked the question last week in the middle of an interview with me for the Swedish Broadcasting Co., the American equivalent of NPR, National ...

Bach Festival, 16 and counting

Starting Sunday and all next week, Third Avenue Arts will celebrate the 338th birthday of Johann Sebastian Bach. It’s the 16th annual collection of recitals and concerts organized by Four Co...

Marie Curie’s year

We just passed the 155th anniversary of Marie Curie’s birth. She was born Nov. 7, 1867, in Warsaw, Poland. She was the first woman scientist to win a Nobel Prize – 1903 in physics and in 191...