Music in the Mountains is Pure Magic

Courtesy of Music in the Mountains

Sure, Colorado is famous for its bluegrass, Red Rocks Amphitheater, and for being the birthplace of big-name bands and musicians like The Fray, Judy Collins, and The Lumineers, but it’s also an amazing place to see classical music. With pine-lit mountains, green fields, and aspen meadows as a backdrop, multiple venues offer music series that showcase the world’s top classical musicians.

One of Colorado’s most notable music series is Music in the Mountains in Durango, which runs from July 10th through July 30th. For over thirty years, this classical music festival has featured musicians of the highest caliber in one of Colorado’s most beautiful mountain towns.

Music in the Mountains began in 1987 when Maestro Mischa Semanitzky dreamed of hosting a classical music festival in Durango. Ten years later, it turned into a full-blown festival, the same year the local conservatory launched its summer string and piano instruction programs. Today, more than 100 world-renowned musicians entertain audience of all ages during the three-week-long series.

This year’s series includes violin and piano duets, chamber concerts, world concerts, Irish fiddle concerts, and performances by Conservatory students. Some performances are coupled with experiences, like samplings of artisan desserts or a multi-course dinner paired with wine and a live auction. For families with children, a special concert, Tubby the Tuba and Peewee Piccolo, will play near the end of the series, on July 25th.

While many of Durango’s visitors come to bike, hike, or ski, Music in the Mountains offers a special treat for those who prefer the sounds of a string orchestra or the power of the piano. For more information, visit


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About our extraordinary writer: Lindsay Diamond is a novelist and freelance writer living in the mountains of central Colorado. Visit to learn more.