The Ouray County Performing Arts Guild is pleased to present the annual San Juan Chamber MusicFest, OCPAG's flagship event, featuring a group of musicians of international acclaim, under the artistic direction of renowned concert pianist Max Levinson. Markus Placci returns on violin, Melissa Reardon will feature the viola and Raman Ramakrishnan on cello.

Venues in Ouray, Ridgway and Montrose during the week of August 19 - 24 will feature several events, from a larger concert theater to intimate private home affairs in splendid settings.

The week beings with a Free Children's Concert on Monday, August 19 in Ridgway at the United Church of the San Juans at 10:00 a.m. Children, their families and community members are invited to this interactive engagement with the musicians as they perform child-friendly classical music pieces, talk about their instruments and answer questions from the audience.

The Classical Café' is on Tuesday, August 20 at the 4H Events Center in Ridgway which offers an appetizer social before the concert for an additional cost. The appetizer social begins at 6 p.m. and then the concert, featuring composers highlighting "A Trip Around the World" with pieces by J.S. Bach, Frederic Chopin, George Gershwin and more, will begin at 7:30 p.m.

Wednesday, August 21 brings the Afternoon Salon at a private home in Montrose featuring "German Masterpieces," appetizers and fine wines. Weather permitting, the house will be opened to the sounds of flowing water and the cooling breezes off the Uncompahgre Valley high grasslands.

A favorite event since 2005, the Dinner Salon is on Thursday, August 22 at a beautiful private home in Ridgway with music featuring "German Masterpieces," a spectacular view of the San Juan Mountains and a delectable catered meal by the Secret Garden Catering. Weather permitting, dinner will be served on the patio outside.

To finish the week of incredible performances, the 36th Festival Concert will be on Saturday, August 24 at the historic Wright Opera House in Ouray with an impressive concert presenting the "Soul of Russia" by Russian composers Alexander Glazunov, Sergei Rachmaninoff and Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky.

The Ouray County Performing Arts Guild 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. For more information about the SJCMF and tickets, visit ocpag.org.

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