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May
27
Sat
Trace Bundy Concert at the Wright – May 27 @ The Wright Opera House
May 27 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

Tracy Bundy

Internationally-acclaimed guitar virtuoso Trace Bundy returns to the Wright Opera House for two nights in a row to share his musical artistry with us this year. His music must be seen to be believed, using harmonics, looping, multiple capos, and his unique banter and stage presence to deliver an unforgettable live concert experience.

Listening to his intricate arrangements is one thing, but seeing the fan-dubbed “Acoustic Ninja” play live confounds even the most accomplished music lovers as to how one person can do all that with just two hands and ten fingers.

Bundy’s unique career has brought him across the world, with concerts in 28 countries and counting – from high-tech performance halls in South Korea and Italy, to remote villages in Zimbabwe and Guatemala. He has independently sold over 120,000 albums on his record label, Honest Ninja Music. His video clips circulate virally at astonishing speed, with over 36,000,000 YouTube views to date.

Over his many years of touring, Trace has shared the stage with Brandi Carlile, Olivia Newton-John, Neko Case, Judy Collins, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Phil Keaggy, David Wilcox, Nathaniel Rateliff, David Knopfler (Dire Straits), Bill Nershi (String Cheese), Laurence Juber (Paul McCartney & Wings), Chris Hillman (the Byrds), and Stanley Jordan, among others.

Jimmy Leslie at Guitar Player Magazine blogs “It was easy to see why Bundy plays bigger venues on each tour. In his hands, the acoustic guitar is an imagination station, and there was no telling where he is going take the audience at any given turn. Thrilling stuff.”

Audiocast Magazine from Austin, TX agrees: “Bundy’s live show is without a doubt an event that needs to be witnessed rather than told about. With such a jawdropping performance, Bundy’s live concert is a slap in the face that would leave a palm print on the memory of everyone in the audience.”

May
28
Sun
Trace Bundy Concert at the Wright – May 28 @ The Wright Opera House
May 28 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

Tracy Bundy

Internationally-acclaimed guitar virtuoso Trace Bundy returns to the Wright Opera House for two nights in a row to share his musical artistry with us this year. His music must be seen to be believed, using harmonics, looping, multiple capos, and his unique banter and stage presence to deliver an unforgettable live concert experience.

Listening to his intricate arrangements is one thing, but seeing the fan-dubbed “Acoustic Ninja” play live confounds even the most accomplished music lovers as to how one person can do all that with just two hands and ten fingers.

Bundy’s unique career has brought him across the world, with concerts in 28 countries and counting – from high-tech performance halls in South Korea and Italy, to remote villages in Zimbabwe and Guatemala. He has independently sold over 120,000 albums on his record label, Honest Ninja Music. His video clips circulate virally at astonishing speed, with over 36,000,000 YouTube views to date.

Over his many years of touring, Trace has shared the stage with Brandi Carlile, Olivia Newton-John, Neko Case, Judy Collins, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Phil Keaggy, David Wilcox, Nathaniel Rateliff, David Knopfler (Dire Straits), Bill Nershi (String Cheese), Laurence Juber (Paul McCartney & Wings), Chris Hillman (the Byrds), and Stanley Jordan, among others.

Jimmy Leslie at Guitar Player Magazine blogs “It was easy to see why Bundy plays bigger venues on each tour. In his hands, the acoustic guitar is an imagination station, and there was no telling where he is going take the audience at any given turn. Thrilling stuff.”

Audiocast Magazine from Austin, TX agrees: “Bundy’s live show is without a doubt an event that needs to be witnessed rather than told about. With such a jawdropping performance, Bundy’s live concert is a slap in the face that would leave a palm print on the memory of everyone in the audience.”

Jun
23
Fri
Music & Hope: The Life of Alice Herz-Sommer @ Sherbino Theater
Jun 23 @ 7:30 pm – 8:45 pm

Judy Winnick, a talented educator and presenter who has done first-person presentations for the Ouray County Historical Society, presents a one-woman show, “Music and Hope: The Life of Alice Herz-Sommer,” on Friday, June 23, 7:30 p.m. at the Sherbino Theater.

Judy Winnick as Alice Herz-Sommer

The show is based on the life of the world-renowned Jewish Czech concert pianist Alice Herz-Sommer, who performed over a hundred concerts for her fellow prisoners in Terezin concentration camp, offering them beauty and hope. Sponsored by the Ouray County Performing Arts Guild.

Admission is free for students and OCPAG members, and $10 for non-members. To reserve your free ticket, please send us an email

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ABOUT THE ACTRESS/SCHOLAR:

Judy Winnick

Judy Winnick portrays extraordinary women from WWII:

  • Irena Sendler: Angel of the Warsaw Ghetto
  • Miep Gies: A Beacon of Hope for Anne Frank and
  • Alice Herz-Sommer: Pianist, Sage, Holocaust Survivor

Judy says, “It is a privilege and an honor to portray these heroic women. They inspire me with their courage, humility and beautiful hearts. We must keep their memories alive.”

Judy is on the Colorado Humanities/Chautauqua Speakers Bureau and has performed internationally. During her teaching career she received one of Colorado’s Distinguished Teacher Awards.

Jun
29
Thu
The Lyrical Clarinet @ Wright Opera House
Jun 29 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

Aspen Music Festival fellows Bill Kalinkos (clarinet) Darrett Adkins (cello) and Juilliard-trained pianist Susan Ellinger come together as a trio to perform a soulful and transformative evening of chamber music at the Wright Opera House in Ouray, featuring works by Beethoven, Brahms and Ninorota.

Part of the Ouray County Performing Arts Guild’s 2017 Dave and Mary Wood Classical Concert Series.

ABOUT THE MUSICIANS

Bill Kalinkos, Clarinet

Bill Kalinkos

Bill Kalinks is the Visiting Assistant Professor of Clarinet at the University of Missouri and a member of the resident Missouri Quintet. He enjoys a diverse musical career as a member of critically acclaimed groups such as Alarm Will Sound, Deviant Septet, and Splinter Reeds. As an orchestral player, Bill is principal clarinetist of the Oakland Symphony, co-principal clarinetist of the New Hampshire Music Festival Orchestra, and he has performed with The Philadelphia Orchestra, The Cleveland Orchestra, and the Kansas City Symphony.

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Darrett Adkins, Cello

Darrett Adkins

Darrett Adkins belongs to an exciting new generation of American musicians who are redefining the concert experience. A faculty member of the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, the Juilliard School and Aspen Music Festival, Adkins bridges established tradition and the avant-garde, enabling him to explore repertoire in almost every genre. The press has described Adkins’ performances as “stunning,” “intensely involving,” “heroic,” and “fiery”.

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Susan Ellinger, Piano

Susan Ellinger

Juilliard-trained pianist Susan Ellinger has performed extensively as both a soloist and chamber musician, presenting recitals at Carnegie Hall, the Lincoln Center, the Tanglewood Music Festival and other notable venues. She currently resides in Paonia, where she programs a classical concert series at The Blue Sage Center for the Arts.

Trio Solisti Concert – Cancelled @ Wright Opera House
Jun 29 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

We regret to announce that this event has been cancelled. We are working to find a suitable replacement, and hope to welcome Trio Solisti back to Ouray County in 2018.

 

Jul
2
Sun
Peter Davison Family Vaudeville Show on July 2 @ Wright Opera House
Jul 2 @ 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm

Juggler and dancer Peter Davidson ushers in the 4th of July holiday week with a family-friendly vaudeville show at Ouray’s Wright Opera House on Sunday, July 2. Choose from two showings – one at 3 p.m. and another at 7:30 p.m.

Juggler and mime extraordinaire Peter Davison

Juggler and mime extraordinaire Peter Davison

From the Press:

“A stunning display of sheer virtuosity…artistic, seemingly effortless perfection.”
—San Francisco Examiner

“Consummate movement artist Peter Davison’s new one-man show makes for an enchanting evening…It’s one amazing bit after another, some tantalizingly brief, all brilliant.”
—Dance Magazine

“Davison manages throughout to hold, captivate and win an audience all the way.”
—Denver Post

“This was not just a juggling act, it was much more, including unique innovations, precisely synchronized, graceful movements and whimsical humor. The audience rewarded Davison with the customary standing ovation, expressing its appreciation for an hour of high-level entertainment.”
—Pueblo Chieftain

“I know more about being human for having seen him. Peter Davison took juggling and movement so far beyond their usual limits that they were no longer juggling and movement. They were art.”
—Carmel Pine Cone

“There are few better ways to illustrate the flow of movement in the body than by watching Peter Davison’s “Solo with Balls,” in which he rolls juggling balls around the periphery of his limbs.”
—San Francisco Bay Guardian

“…a true master, one who has so perfected his craft that he appears to be casually playing with universal laws.”
—Cal State Long Beach Forty Niner

“Both of Davison’s solos – “Wearing Several Hats” and “Interior 1” – took advantage of all his strengths – incredible movement capabilities, sense of space, use of props, and juggling – and both were not only very well performed, but total audience pleasers. In each, especially in “Hats,” Davison showed amazing and rapid (within seconds) character changes as defined by his props.”
—World Dance Reviews

“It has something to do with movement, something to do with objects moving in space and everything to do with wonder. By the end of his one-man performance, the audience is on its feet – children and grandmothers, overaged hippies and business people – cheering and stamping.”
—Boulder Daily Camera

“Davison, looking like a shorter Tommy Tune, and just as cool, soft-shoed it with six balls and no sweat.”
—The Dominion (Wellington, New Zealand)

 

About Peter Davison:

Peter Davison

Peter Davison is from Santa Monica, California. His boyhood idols were Alexander Calder and Batman, influences that led to training in visual art, juggling and dance. While a teenager, Peter began his career street performing in Los Angeles, and appeared as one of ten white-faced jugglers in the movie “Xanadu” with Gene Kelly and Olivia Newton-John.

Peter moved to Boulder, Colorado in 1980 and began his dance training: ballet with Larry Boyette, Ana Claire, Barbara Demaree, Finis Jhung and Donald Mahler; modern dance with Danelle Helander, and tap with Susan Hadley and Lynn Dally, among others. In 1982 Peter became a founding member of the juggling/movement company Airjazz, with whom he toured for ten years, appearing at venues such as the Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, New Zealand International Festival of the Arts, Hong Kong Arts Festival, and on national TV programs in seven countries, including The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson.

Peter has also performed as a dancer with Boulder Ballet, David Taylor Dance Theater, Jan Justis Dance Company, Kim Robards Dance, and 3rd Law Dance/Theater.

Peter has received numerous awards and grants including the 1982 National Juggling Championships (First Place), 1995 Arts Innovation Award (Colorado Arts Federation), 1997 Colorado Arts Council Fellowship, and the 2009 Ballet Builders Award for New Choreography from New Choreographers on Pointe (New York City).

From 2004 to 2015, Peter was Co-Artistic Director of Boulder Ballet, a professional company based in Boulder, Colorado. Peter’s choreography has been performed by Boulder Ballet, Ballet Nouveau Colorado, David Taylor Dance Theater, Saint Paul Ballet, and the Colorado Shakespeare Festival, among others. Excerpts from his ballet with objects Cirque D’Amour were performed at the 2009 Ballet Builders Showcase at the Dicapo Opera Theater in New York City.

As a solo performer, Peter has appeared at festivals and theaters throughout the United States and internationally including the Carmel/California Performing Arts Festival, Utah State Arts Tour, Cincinnati Playhouse, Encuentro de Malabaristas in Spain, New England New Vaudeville Festival, Seattle’s Moisture Festival, the 5-3-1 Festival of New Juggling and Object Theater in Finland, and the Chicago Contemporary Circus Festival. His solo TV appearances include Harry Anderson – The Tricks of His Trade (CBS), The Paul Daniels Show (BBC), and 30 Seconds to Fame (Fox).

Also an active educator, Peter has been a teacher in residence at Celebration Barn Theater (Maine), The Lecoq Theater Program of Naropa University (Boulder), and the national circus schools of France and Quebec, under the direction of Cirque du Soleil director Guy Caron. He has taught numerous workshops in public schools, and as a faculty member of Boulder Ballet School (Colorado), Peter taught multi-disciplinary movement and founded the unique Boyz Dance program that introduces male students to the world of dance through physical theater and object manipulation.

Peter has two children with ballet teacher/choreographer Ana Claire: Alex and Claire Davison, both of whom have pursued careers in dance.

Peter Davison Family Vaudeville Show on July 2 @ Wright Opera House
Jul 2 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Juggler and dancer Peter Davidson ushers in the 4th of July holiday week with a family-friendly vaudeville show at Ouray’s Wright Opera House on Sunday, July 2. Choose from two showings – one at 3 p.m. and another at 7:30 p.m.

Juggler and mime extraordinaire Peter Davison

Juggler and mime extraordinaire Peter Davison

From the Press:

“A stunning display of sheer virtuosity…artistic, seemingly effortless perfection.”
—San Francisco Examiner

“Consummate movement artist Peter Davison’s new one-man show makes for an enchanting evening…It’s one amazing bit after another, some tantalizingly brief, all brilliant.”
—Dance Magazine

“Davison manages throughout to hold, captivate and win an audience all the way.”
—Denver Post

“This was not just a juggling act, it was much more, including unique innovations, precisely synchronized, graceful movements and whimsical humor. The audience rewarded Davison with the customary standing ovation, expressing its appreciation for an hour of high-level entertainment.”
—Pueblo Chieftain

“I know more about being human for having seen him. Peter Davison took juggling and movement so far beyond their usual limits that they were no longer juggling and movement. They were art.”
—Carmel Pine Cone

“There are few better ways to illustrate the flow of movement in the body than by watching Peter Davison’s “Solo with Balls,” in which he rolls juggling balls around the periphery of his limbs.”
—San Francisco Bay Guardian

“…a true master, one who has so perfected his craft that he appears to be casually playing with universal laws.”
—Cal State Long Beach Forty Niner

“Both of Davison’s solos – “Wearing Several Hats” and “Interior 1” – took advantage of all his strengths – incredible movement capabilities, sense of space, use of props, and juggling – and both were not only very well performed, but total audience pleasers. In each, especially in “Hats,” Davison showed amazing and rapid (within seconds) character changes as defined by his props.”
—World Dance Reviews

“It has something to do with movement, something to do with objects moving in space and everything to do with wonder. By the end of his one-man performance, the audience is on its feet – children and grandmothers, overaged hippies and business people – cheering and stamping.”
—Boulder Daily Camera

“Davison, looking like a shorter Tommy Tune, and just as cool, soft-shoed it with six balls and no sweat.”
—The Dominion (Wellington, New Zealand)

 

About Peter Davison:

Peter Davison

Peter Davison is from Santa Monica, California. His boyhood idols were Alexander Calder and Batman, influences that led to training in visual art, juggling and dance. While a teenager, Peter began his career street performing in Los Angeles, and appeared as one of ten white-faced jugglers in the movie “Xanadu” with Gene Kelly and Olivia Newton-John.

Peter moved to Boulder, Colorado in 1980 and began his dance training: ballet with Larry Boyette, Ana Claire, Barbara Demaree, Finis Jhung and Donald Mahler; modern dance with Danelle Helander, and tap with Susan Hadley and Lynn Dally, among others. In 1982 Peter became a founding member of the juggling/movement company Airjazz, with whom he toured for ten years, appearing at venues such as the Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, New Zealand International Festival of the Arts, Hong Kong Arts Festival, and on national TV programs in seven countries, including The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson.

Peter has also performed as a dancer with Boulder Ballet, David Taylor Dance Theater, Jan Justis Dance Company, Kim Robards Dance, and 3rd Law Dance/Theater.

Peter has received numerous awards and grants including the 1982 National Juggling Championships (First Place), 1995 Arts Innovation Award (Colorado Arts Federation), 1997 Colorado Arts Council Fellowship, and the 2009 Ballet Builders Award for New Choreography from New Choreographers on Pointe (New York City).

From 2004 to 2015, Peter was Co-Artistic Director of Boulder Ballet, a professional company based in Boulder, Colorado. Peter’s choreography has been performed by Boulder Ballet, Ballet Nouveau Colorado, David Taylor Dance Theater, Saint Paul Ballet, and the Colorado Shakespeare Festival, among others. Excerpts from his ballet with objects Cirque D’Amour were performed at the 2009 Ballet Builders Showcase at the Dicapo Opera Theater in New York City.

As a solo performer, Peter has appeared at festivals and theaters throughout the United States and internationally including the Carmel/California Performing Arts Festival, Utah State Arts Tour, Cincinnati Playhouse, Encuentro de Malabaristas in Spain, New England New Vaudeville Festival, Seattle’s Moisture Festival, the 5-3-1 Festival of New Juggling and Object Theater in Finland, and the Chicago Contemporary Circus Festival. His solo TV appearances include Harry Anderson – The Tricks of His Trade (CBS), The Paul Daniels Show (BBC), and 30 Seconds to Fame (Fox).

Also an active educator, Peter has been a teacher in residence at Celebration Barn Theater (Maine), The Lecoq Theater Program of Naropa University (Boulder), and the national circus schools of France and Quebec, under the direction of Cirque du Soleil director Guy Caron. He has taught numerous workshops in public schools, and as a faculty member of Boulder Ballet School (Colorado), Peter taught multi-disciplinary movement and founded the unique Boyz Dance program that introduces male students to the world of dance through physical theater and object manipulation.

Peter has two children with ballet teacher/choreographer Ana Claire: Alex and Claire Davison, both of whom have pursued careers in dance.

Aug
17
Thu
San Juan Chamber MusicFest @ Various Venues in Ouray, Ridgway and Montrose
Aug 17 @ 7:30 pm – Aug 22 @ 9:00 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 more.

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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Sep
9
Sat
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

Oct
21
Sat
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.

Featuring:

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