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San Juan Chamber MusicFest @ Various Venues in Ouray, Ridgway and Montrose
Aug 17 @ 5:45 pm – Aug 22 @ 7:15 pm

b32a7007_493f_4de2_9bfa_46a0d9c779f8The annual San Juan Chamber MusicFest, OCPAG’s flagship event, features a small group of musicians of international renown, under the artistic direction of pianist Max Levinson, producing a number of concerts and events in Ouray, Ridgway and Montrose over the course of a week each August.

Guest musicians this year include Allison Eldredge, cello; Nurit Pacht, violin; Rami Vamos, classical guitar & musical educator; and Jessica Pickersgill, viola.

Events include: 

  • Classical Cafe – Thursday, Aug. 17 at the Ouray County 4-H Event Center; 
  • Festival Concert – Friday, Aug. 18 at the Wright Opera House;
  • Montrose Afternoon Salon – Sunday, Aug. 20 at a private home in Cobble Creek;
  • Free Family Concert – Monday, Aug. 21 at the Sherbino Theater; 
  • Ouray County Salon Dinner Concert – Tuesday, Aug. 22 at a private home in Ouray County.

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SJCMF Salon Dinner Concert: “Making Instruments Sing” @ Private home in Ouray County
Aug 22 @ 5:00 pm – 8:30 pm
One of the highlights of the annual San Juan Chamber MusicFest is an intimate salon concert in a private home.

Experience chamber music the way it was meant to be heard at the SJCMF Salon Concerts.

The San Juan Chamber MusicFest concludes with a Salon Dinner Concert at a beautiful private home in Ouray County. 

Secret Garden Catering provides a gourmet catered dinner, after which the musicians will delight our senses with classical music to match our mountains. The program, titled “Making Instruments Sing”, includes Variations on a theme from Mozart’s “Magic Flute” by Ludwig van Beethoven, and Faure’s G minor Piano Quartet

Tickets for both of the SJCMF Salon Concerts must be purchased in advance by calling Sue Hillhouse at 970-626-2970. Pre-sales are available through July 8 exclusively to patrons who have purchased a series pass to the Dave and Mary Wood Classical Concert Series. From July 9-15, we will then release Salon tickets to our OCPAG membership, after which we will release tickets to the general public (if there are any left).

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Apollo Chamber Brass Quintet @ Wright Opera House
Sep 9 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Apollo Chamber Brass

Apollo Chamber Brass

OCPAG’s second annual Dave and Mary Wood Classical Concert Series wraps up with a rousing concert at The Wright Opera House featuring Apollo Chamber Brass! Stay tuned for ticket and program info.

About Apollo Chamber Brass:

The ACB began as the graduate brass quintet in residence at the University of Colorado – Boulder. In 2004, the founding members named the quintet, the Apollo Chamber Brass. In July 2008 the ACB was granted nonprofit status which helps the group further its mission and dedication to the advancement of music appreciation and understanding in current and future generations through performance and education.
ABC musicians include:
Andrew Bishop, Trumpets
Donald R. Williams, Trumpets
Jason M. Johnston, Horn
Jeff Craig, Trombone
Charles D. Ortega, Tuba

Jayme Stone’s Folklife @ The Wright Opera House
Oct 21 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

Jayme Stone

Sea island spirituals, Creole calypsos and stomp-down Appalachian dance tunes.

“Jayme Stone’s Folklife” follows the bends and bayous through the deep river of song and story. Evolving out of Stone’s “Lomax Project,” this gathering of versatile musicians blows the dust off of old songs and remakes them for modern ears. With spellbinding singing, virtuosic playing and captivating storytelling, their concerts and educational programs are moving, inventive and participatory experiences.


Jayme Stone (banjo, voice)

Moira Smiley (voice, accordion)

Sumaia Jackson (fiddle, voice)

Joe Phillips (bass, voice)

Press quotes: 

“A fresh contemporary take on musical treasures.” – NPR

“A truly inventive spin on some very old tunes.” – GEORGIA STRAIGHT

“A musical evangelist, Stone loves using fresh approaches to get people hooked on wider musical traditions.” – EDMONTON JOURNAL