Our finest event of the year – the 15th Annual San Juan Chamber MusicFest – is right around the corner, taking place from Aug. 3-9 in Ouray, Ridgway and Montrose.
Under the artistic direction of classical pianist Max Levinson, MusicFest showcases the full repertoire of chamber music classics by the great composers, as well as more contemporary and lesser-known pieces.
Programs for our 2016 season include an informal Classical Café on Aug. 3 at the Ouray County 4-H Event Center, a traditional festival concert at the Wright Opera House on Aug. 5, a free family concert at the Wright Opera House on Aug. 6, a Montrose concert at the Montrose Methodist Church on Aug. 7 and an intimate dinner salon concert at a private home in Ouray on Aug. 9.
We have some fabulous guest musicians joining the MusicFest this year, including Harumi Rhodes, violin; Marcus Thompson, viola; Allison Eldredge, cello; and apprentice artist Heasu (Christy) Cho, violin.
Our inaugural Dave and Mary Wood Classical Concert Series features five stunning classical music concerts in Ouray, Ridgway and Montrose taking place from July through September, 2016, including:
Blue Sage Chamber Trio, Sunday, July 10, Ouray County 4-H Event Center, Ridgway;
San Juan Chamber MusicFest: “Musical Postcards” Classical Cafe, Wednesday, Aug. 3, Ouray County 4-H Event Center, Ridgway;
San Juan Chamber MusicFest: “Russian Soul” Festival Concert, Friday, Aug. 5, Wright Opera House, Ouray;
San Juan Chamber MusicFest: “Child’s Play” Montrose Concert, Sunday, Aug. 7, Montrose Methodist Church;
Kara Huber Piano Concert, Saturday, Sept. 10, Wright Opera House, Ouray.
Patrons can purchase a “flex pass” for the series, which allows you to attend three of the five concerts, with additional perks including a free ticket for a friend, premium reserved seating, complimentary appetizers at the Aug. 3 Classical Cafe concert, waived ticketing fees and first dibs on purchasing tickets for OCPAG’s popular San Juan Chamber MusicFest salon dinner concert on Aug. 9.
Individual tickets for all five concerts are also available for pre-purchase and at the door– if we don’t sell out in advance!
This spring, OCPAG awarded an unprecedented $5,000 to worthy local students of the performing arts through our annual scholarship program.
Four graduating seniors from Ouray High School applied for and received scholarships, including:
Hunter Clapsadl, who graduated a year early and will be studying dance at the University of Utah; Morgan Wright, studying aviation and performing arts at Westminster College in Salt Lake City; Eli Crandall, studying music or theater at an institution yet to be decided; Mackenzie Webb, studying film at the University of Colorado at Boulder.
We also awarded a number of smaller scholarships to local middle and high schoolers to help fund their enrollment in a variety of summer enrichment programs. Learn more about our scholarship program.