The annual San Juan Chamber MusicFest, OCPAG’s flagship event, features a small group of musicians of international acclaim, under the artistic direction of renowned concert pianist Max Levinson. Together, they produce a number of concerts and events in Ouray, Ridgway and Montrose over the course of a week each August.
The 2018 MusicFest will be August 16-21. MusicFest concerts showcase the full repertoire of chamber music classics by the great composers, as well as more contemporary and lesser-known pieces. This year the music will feature the Mendelssohn D minor Trio, Schumann Piano Quartet, Brahms Piano Quartet in C minor, Strauss Cello Sonata and Handel Passacaglia (violin and cello).
Thursday, August 16, 7:30 p.m. at the 4H Center (22739 US 550, Ridgway).
Adults $25, Students $5 (18 and under)
5:45 p.m. – $50 for the Concert plus Appetizers (Catered by the Secret Garden Catering)
The traditional “café style” concert introduces classical music to the audience with shorter pieces from a variety of composers and lots of friendly “chatter” about the music. Audience members can sit at café tables and sip their selected beverages while enjoying the music. This is an excellent beginner course that will make you want to enjoy more! This concert is part of the Dave and Mary Wood Classical Concert series. Cash bar available.
Saturday, August 18, 7:30 p.m. at the Wright Opera House (472 Main St., Ouray). Adults $25, Students $5 (18 and under)
This special concert will celebrate 35 years of classical music in Ouray County by recognizing past Board Members and featuring favorite music from past programs. This is the fourth concert of the Dave and Mary Wood Classical Concert Series. The evening will conclude with a Champagne Reception at the Ago Gallery of Fine Arts, 445 Main Street, Ouray (across the street from the Wright Opera House).
Sunday, August 19, 3:00 p.m., private home in Montrose. Adults $65
After a very successful introduction of an afternoon salon in Montrose in 2017, we will again offer this intimate event of fine music, choice wines and select finger foods to a limited audience.
Reservations must be made by calling 970-626-2970.
Monday, August 20, 10:00 a.m., Sherbino Theater in Ridgway, CO
This is a free event to the young people of our community to introduce classical music and instruments. This is a free event to enjoy some beautiful music, meet talented musicians and learn something about the music they perform.
SOLD OUT Tuesday, August 21, 5:00 p.m., private home in Ridgway. Adults $95
This is a favorite tradition since 2005 to be guests at one of he most beautiful homes in the county as the sun sets behind the mountain and we enjoy the final event of the SJCMF. Following the enchanting concert, guests enjoy a gourmet meal on the patio, conversing with friends and musicians alike.
Ann Dettmer shares her artwork for the 35th Anniversary Commemorative poster. Titled "On Last Dollar Road", OCPAG is most grateful to Ann for allowing us to use her beautiful painting as the subject of our 2018 35th Anniversary poster. The 16” x 20” matte finish poster is ready to be hung. It is available for purchase at the San Juan Chamber MusicFest concerts for $20, or here online (additional shipping charges when purchased online).
Levinson, as artistic director, is a constant presence at MusicFest with his sparkling piano virtuosity. The San Francisco Chronicle has proclaimed him “one of the brightest, most intellectually fearless pianists of his generation.” Each year, Levinson selects several guest musicians to perform with him at MusicFest. Guest musicians in 2018 include Markus Placci, violin; Allison Eldredge, cello; and Marcus Thompson, viola. For musician biographies, click on any image below.