OCPAG Presents Valentine’s Salon Concert at Historic Centennial Ranch on Feb. 12

Acapella Group ‘Heartbeat’ to sing “Love Songs and the Songs We Love”… accompanied by chocolate

Ouray, CO, Jan. 17, 2016: Eight women, 20 songs, one voice. The Ouray County Performing Arts Guild is delighted to launch its 2017 season with a Valentine’s salon concert featuring Telluride’s famous all-female acapella group Heartbeat at Centennial Ranch in Colona on Sunday, Feb. 12.

The afternoon event will include an hour-long acapella program, “Love Songs and Songs We Love,” and a selection of light hors d’oeuvres and luscious chocolate desserts at the beautiful Dashwood House at Centennial Ranch in Colona. 

Heartbeat’s roots go back to 1995, when a small group of women gathered in the Telluride school attic to sing. No name, no instruments, just song for song’s sake. More women joined. The songs grew more challenging from simple rounds to more complicated rhythms and harmonies. The women grew closer. Heartbeat was happening.

From their first concert at the Telluride Post Office, Heartbeat has gone on to perform at such events as the Telluride Bluegrass and Jazz Festival, Wintersing concerts and many fundraisers in the Telluride and Ridgway valleys as well as Bluff and Paonia.

Heartbeat’s size and focus have changed over the years, but the group’s purpose has remained the same: to sing for the pure joy of singing. Today the group includes eight talented women from San Miguel and Ouray counties: Suzan Beraza, Jen Sher Birrittella, Nancy deCastro, Donna Burd Fernald, Judith Kohin, Ulli Sir Jesse, Deb Stevens and Rosemerry Wahtola Trommer.

Reservations are required for this very special event, and can be made by calling OCPAG president Sue Hillhouse at 970-626-2970. Tickets are $35 for OCPAG members, $40 for non-members. Light hors d’oevres, lots of wonderful desserts and tea/coffee/nonalcoholic punch will be served by Secret Garden Catering. The program starts at 3 p.m. but patrons are encouraged to come early to enjoy Centennial Ranch and Dashwood House before the program gets underway.

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.

Other upcoming OCPAG events include “Appalachian Spring” featuring pianist Susan Ellinger and violinist Rachel Lee Priday at the Wright Opera House on Sunday, March 12; the Colorado Children’s Chorale at the Wright Opera House on Monday, April 24; “Acoustic Ninja” Trace Bundy at the Wright Opera House on Monday, May 29; Trio Solisti at the Wright Opera House on Thursday, June 29; the Peter Davison Vaudeville Family Show at the Wright Opera House on Sunday, July 2; the San Juan Chamber MusicFest from Aug. 15-22 in Ridgway, Ouray and Montrose; and Apollo Chamber Brass at the Wright Opera House on Saturday, Sept. 9

For tickets and info, please visit www.ocpag.org


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CALENDAR ITEM: ‘Heartbeat’ Acapella Valentine’s Salon Concert – Sunday, Feb. 12, 3 p.m., Centennial Ranch, Colona. Presented by the Ouray County Performing Arts Guild. Tickets $35 members/ $40 nonmembers, by reservation only. Call Sue Hillhouse, 970-626-2970


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