The hills are alive…with the sound of Music in the Mountains. Or they will be soon because the festival kicks off July 8 and runs through July 31. For nearly three decades, the grand white tent at Purgatory resort at the base of the ski mountain. And for nearly three decades, the festival has filled the San Juan Mountains with the sounds of classical music from quartets and full symphony orchestras.
Music in the Mountains is a classical music festival and conservatory program that features world-class musicians, orchestra performances and chamber concerts. Every summer since 1987, the Music in the Mountains festival has brought classical music to venues in and around Durango. Although the tent is the main venue, the nearly monthlong fete includes concerts all around town, including at Fort Lewis College, The Glacier Club and in downtown Durango at Buckley Park.
This year’s Music in the Mountains kicks off with Harpeth Rising, a trio that blends classical, folk and new grass. With concerts nearly every night (and day) through the 31st, the festival features performances that include the likes of Cézanne and Mozart all the way to funk and Frank Sinatra.
Although most concerts require tickets, there are many free events that people can enjoy, including master classes, orchestra rehearsals, conservatory events and pre-concert lectures.
If you’re visiting for one or more of the festival’s concerts, be sure to stay with us at the Quality Inn Durango. Purgatory is about 30 miles north of downtown Durango on U.S. Highway 550, a straight shot north of the Durango Quality Inn, so book your room today!