Imagine spending a warm summer evening in the mountains with nothing but the sound of classical music interrupting the fresh air and clear sky. During summer, Durango Mountain Resort offers Music in the Mountains, a festival of professional classical music, where you can do just that.
Music in the Mountains is primarily at Durango Mountain Resort. The concerts are held under a tent, and audiences look at the views from Purgatory—the ski mountain and the beautiful mountains surrounding. Classical musicians produce one of the most spectacular shows a person could find during this three week festival. Over 200 world-acclaimed musicians grace the stage at Music in the Mountains.
Since 1987, this festival has delighted audiences. It has grown over the years, adding a conservatory of music to teach classical music to high school and college students at Fort Lewis College. This two week class gives intense instruction for aspiring young musicians. Music in the Mountains also goes to local schools to ignite the love of music amongst students throughout the year.
Various locations in town host performances. Notably, the Discovery Museum in Durango held a free event called Family Festivo, which was for the whole family.
The last time we went to Music in the Mountains, it was thundering and lightening outside. It was one of those nights that would be hard to compare to anything else—the mountains lit with the lightening and the music was such a great contrast to the sounds of thunder.
We are so fortunate to have such an amazing ski resort in our town. It’s amazing to also have summer activities to enjoy on the same property. There are still a few shows left this season; this weekend is the last weekend of concerts this summer. See their website for further information: