Ouray, CO, Feb. 28, 2017: The Ouray County Performing Arts Guild’s 2017 Dave and Mary Wood Classical Concert Series arrives like a breath of fresh air at the Wright Opera House on Sunday afternoon, March 12 with “Appalachian Spring”, a delightful program of piano and violin duos that celebrate the beauty and burgeoning spirit of the season. 

The concert, which begins at 3 p.m., features acclaimed violinist Rachel Lee Priday and concert pianist Susan Ellinger performing Beethoven’s Spring Sonata, Copland’s Appalachian Spring and Brahms’ Sonata in G Major. 

Priday, acclaimed for her beauty of tone, riveting stage presence, and “irresistible panache” (Chicago Tribune), has appeared as soloist with major international orchestras, including the Chicago, St. Louis, Houston, Seattle, and National Symphony Orchestras, the Boston Pops, and the Berlin Staatskapelle. Critics have praised her “dazzling, forceful technique,” “rich, mellifluous sound,” and “silvery fluidity.” Combining a fierce intelligence with an imaginative curiosity, her wide-ranging repertoire and eclectic programming reflect a deep fascination with literary and cultural narratives, as an artist who seeks contemporary resonances with the masterworks of the past.

Ellinger has been praised for her “refined, poised and singular” vision, and has captivated audiences throughout North America. She has performed extensively as both a soloist and chamber musician, presenting recitals from the Lincoln Center to Tanglewood, and has been the featured soloist in a series of concerts with the Vermont Symphony Orchestra under the baton of acclaimed conductor Marin Alsop. Ellinger programs a classical concert series at Paonia’s Blue Sage Center for the Arts, where she consistently performs to sold-out audiences.

Tickets for “Appalachian Spring” are $5 for students 18 and under, $25 for adults, and $30 at the door, and can be purchased in advance at www.ocpag.org

“Appalachian Spring” is the first of five concerts in OCPAG’s 2017 Dave and Mary Wood Classical Concert Series, taking place from March through September. Patrons can purchase concert tickets individually, or opt for a $100 season pass, which allows them to attend all five concerts, with additional perks including reserved premium seating, a complimentary catered reception and more. 

Additional concerts in the series include:

June 29 – Blue Sage Chamber Trio: “The Lyrical Clarinet” with concert pianist Susan Ellinger and Aspen Chamber Music Festival fellows Bill Kalinkos, clarinet, and Darrett Adkins, cello, performing works by Beethoven, Brahms and Nino Rota, 7:30 p.m. at Wright Opera House in Ouray.

Aug. 17 San Juan Chamber MusicFest Classical Cafe, featuring Max Levinson, piano, Nurit Pacht, violin, Allison Eldredge, cello, and guest musicians TBA, with catered pre-concert reception, 7:30 p.m. at Ouray County 4-H Event Center in Ridgway. 

Aug. 18 – San Juan Chamber MusicFest Festival Concert, featuring Max Levinson, piano, Nurit Pacht, violin, Allison Eldredge, cello, and guest musicians TBA, 7:30 p.m.at Wright Opera House in Ouray. 

Sept. 9 – Apollo Chamber Brass Quintet, 7:30 p.m. at Wright Opera House in Ouray.

The 2017 Dave and Mary Wood Classical Concert Series is made possible with generous underwriting from the Western Colorado Community Foundation’s Dave and Mary Wood Fund, named after beloved former Ouray residents Dave and Mary Wood, who left behind a legacy to nurture the performing arts in the community they loved. 

The Ouray County Performing Arts Guild (OCPAG) is a not-for-profit organization bringing quality events in music, dance, theater and other genres to Ouray and Ridgway. Its purpose is to sponsor presentations and performers of the highest caliber in the performing arts for the enjoyment of Ouray County’s residents and visitors.



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