MITM Pops Night Goes Virtual for Free

09/06/2020

Music in the Mountains, like most other special events in the region, had to cancel its summer music festival because of the pandemic, but it didn’t cancel its Pops Night. Learn more about this year’s concert.

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THANKS FOR WATCHING THE LOCAL NEWSNETWORK. I'M WENDY GRAHAM SETTLE. AND I'M JOINED IN THE STUDIO TODAYBY ANGIE BEACH. SHE'S THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF MUSIC IN THEMOUNTAINS HERE TO TELL US ABOUT POPS NIGHT GOES VIRTUAL


THAT'S RIGHT. FOR THE FIRST TIME INOUR 34-YEAR HISTORY POPS NIGHT GOES VIRTUAL. VERY,

YES. SOTELL US WHAT YOU KNOW, POPS NIGHT GOES VIRTUAL. WHAT'S IT ALL ABOUT?WHEN IS IT HAPPENING?

ALL RIGHT. SO MUSIC IN THE MOUNTAINS,AS YOU MAY OR MAY NOT KNOW, IS A THREE-WEEK CLASSICAL MUSIC FESTIVAL.AND THIS WAS GOING TO BE OUR 34TH SEASON, UNFORTUNATELY, BECAUSE OFWHAT'S GOING ON IN THE WORLD, WE HAD TO CANCEL ALL OF OUR EVENTS, BUTOUR ORGANIZATION JUST DIDN'T FEEL LIKE WE SHOULD JUST NOT DO ANYTHINGAT ALL. AND SO POPS NIGHT IS NORMALLY OUR BIGGEST FUNDRAISER OF THEYEAR, AND IT USUALLY INVOLVES A MULTI-COURSE MEAL WITH WINE AND ALIVE AND SILENT AUCTION. AND THEN THIS FULL ORCHESTRA PERFORMANCE OFPOPS MUSIC. AND IT'S A REALLY, REALLY FUN TIME. PEOPLE LIKE TO DRESSUP. BUT THIS TIME WE'RE GOING TO OFFER A FREE COMMUNITY CONCERT, YOUKNOW, FREE FOR THE COMMUNITY, SO THEY CAN ENJOY A BEAUTIFUL CONCERT,A POPS CONCERT, ON US.

WHAT GAVE YOU THE IDEA TO DO THECONCERT FOR FREE?

WELL, EVERYONE'S HURTING RIGHT NOW. ALL THEBUSINESSES ARE SUFFERING. INDIVIDUALS ARE SUFFERING AND WE, AS IN,YOU KNOW, MUSIC, MUSIC IS SO HEALING AND WE JUST REALLY WANT IT TO BEPART OF THE HEALING AND HELP THE COMMUNITY TO SORT OF GET THROUGHTHIS ROUGH TIME TOGETHER. WE ARE PART OF THE COMMUNITY AND WE FELTLIKE THIS WAS REALLY A COOL, A GIFT THAT WE COULD GIVE.


SO WE'RE GOING TO BE AT HOME WATCHINGTHE CONCERT. RIGHT? OKAY. AND, YOU KNOW, WE CAN GET, GO TO OURFAVORITE RESTAURANT AND GET SOME DINNER TO TRY TO EMULATE THEMULTI-COURSE MEAL. RIGHT?

I WANT TO ENCOURAGE PEOPLE TO JUSTHAVE SOME FUN, SO LIKE MAYBE EVEN GET DRESSED UP, BUT LIKE, ORDERYOUR FAVORITE TAKEOUT AND GET THAT GREAT BOTTLE OF WINE. MAKE SUREYOUR FRIENDS ARE AT THEIR HOUSE ON THEIR COUCH, WATCHING ALONG WITHYOU. AND YOU GUYS CAN CHAT ON THE YOUTUBE PRE YOUTUBE PREMIERE THATWE'RE DOING. UM, AND BY THE WAY, IT'S SEPTEMBER 10TH AT 7:00 PM. SO,COMING UP VERY QUICKLY, AND THEN, YOU KNOW, OUR REGULAR POPS NIGHTALWAYS HAS AN AUCTION COMPONENT. AND SO DOES THIS. SO WHEN IT'S OVER,THE ONLINE AUCTION WILL OPEN, AND IT'LL RUN FOR TWO WEEKS ,AND WEHAVE SOME PRETTY COOL AUCTION ITEMS.

OOH, I LOVE ONLINEAUCTIONS. SO, TELL US WHAT'S ON THE AUCTION.

SO THE ONLINEAUCTION IS CHOCK FULL OF REALLY COOL THINGS, INCLUDING THE 2020FESTIVAL ARTWORK. SO ANOTHER THING THAT MUSIC IN THE MOUNTAINS DOESEVERY YEAR IS COMMISSION A SPECIAL ARTWORK PIECE THAT'S USED IN OURPOSTER AND OUR BROCHURE AND OUR PROGRAMS. AND THEN WE AUCTION OFF THEPIECE AT POPS NIGHT. WELL, WE'RE AUCTIONING OFF THE PIECE AT POPSNIGHT, AND IT'S A BEAUTIFUL PIECE, CREATED BY BJ. BRINER WHO'S ASORREL SKY ARTIST. AND I WOULD ENCOURAGE PEOPLE TO DROP BY SORREL SKYAND TAKE A LOOK AT IT. YOU KNOW, IT'LL BE THERE FOR THE WHOLE TWOWEEKS THAT THE AUCTION IS RUNNING. AND, SO THAT'S PROBABLY ONE OF MYFAVORITE AUCTION ITEMS, BUT THERE ARE LOTS OF OTHER THINGS. THERE'S AGREAT RESTAURANT GIFT CERTIFICATES. THERE'S A FINANCIAL CONSULTATIONPACKAGE. THERE'S HOTEL STAYS, THERE'S GOLF PACKAGES, THERE'S, THERE'SOTHER ART AND JEWELRY. SO CHECK IT OUT AND CHRISTMAS IS COMING. DON'TFORGET.

SO THE CONCERT IS FREE. GREAT WAY FOR YOU GUYS TOGIVE BACK TO THE COMMUNITY, GIVE US SOME ART, GIVE US SOME HEALINGTHROUGH, THROUGH THAT. POPS MUSIC, YOU KNOW, IS GOING TO INCLUDEMUSIC. THAT'S GONNA APPEAL TO A WIDE GROUP.

WHO'S PLAYING ISTAKE THREE. TAKE THREE IS THIS JUST INTERNATIONALLY RENOWNED STRINGTRIO OUT OF LA. AND THEY WERE PLANNING ON COMING DURING OUR SEASONTHIS YEAR. AND SO WE'RE REALLY EXCITED TO BE ABLE TO SHOWCASE THEMANYWAY DURING THE VIRTUAL POPS NIGHT. THEY ARE AMAZING. THEY'RE HIP,THEY'RE YOUNG. THEY'RE COOL. AND THEY'RE PLAYING SONGS LIKE GAME OFTHRONES. THERE'S A CARMEN MASHUP, THERE'S HALLELUJAH. THERE'S OHGOSH, LET ME LOOK AT MY LIST. DESPERATE CDOT, FORTNIGHT, OBLIVIONPIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN. SO THERE'S ACTUALLY SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE.THE WHOLE FAMILY WILL ENJOY THIS. AND, AND SO, YEAH, I HOPE EVERYONECAN JOIN. NOW.

THERE IS THE AUCTION AND LIKE YOU SAID,NORMALLY POPS NIGHT IS ONE OF YOUR MOST POPULAR EVENTS AND YOURBIGGEST FUNDRAISER OF THE YEAR. SO IN ADDITION TO, YOU KNOW,PARTICIPATING IN THE AUCTION AND GETTING SOME GREAT, GREAT ITEMS, WHOIS THIS BENEFITING AND WHY SHOULD OUR COMMUNITY COME OUT, RALLYAROUND THIS AND SUPPORT THE AUCTION?

WELL, I MEAN, WE'RE ALLKIND OF ISOLATED RIGHT NOW. AND SO THIS IS JUST A, A FUN THING TO DO,TO SORT OF SHAKE OFF SOME OF THE BOREDOM, BUT ALSO THE AUCTION ISGOING TO SUPPORT OUR MUSIC IN THE MOUNTAINS GOES TO SCHOOLPROGRAMMING. AND SO WE HAVE A YEAR-ROUND MUSIC, EDUCATION PROGRAM,AND 100 PERCENT OF THE PROCEEDS ARE GOING TO GO TO SUPPORT THOSETHINGS. AND, AND REALLY, I THINK THIS YEAR WITH THE PANDEMIC, WE'REGOING TO BE FOCUSING PRIMARILY ON OUR SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM. AND SO,THERE'S, YOU KNOW, BELIEVE IT OR NOT IN THE VIRTUAL WORLD, WE'RE ALLPIVOTING, WE'RE ALL LEARNING HOW TO DO THINGS DIFFERENTLY, BUT THEREARE, THERE ARE A LOT OF THINGS HAPPENING, EVEN IN THE MUSIC EDUCATIONREALM, WITH THE DIGITAL. SO YOU CAN, YOU CAN ONLY IMAGINE HOW THOSEPRIVATE LESSONS ARE HAPPENING ONLINE AND WE'RE ABLE TO SUPPORT THAT.

THAT'S AWESOME. I'M ACTUALLY, I STARTED TAKING MUSIC LESSONS.

I'M OVER ZOOM DURING YEAH. DURING, AT THE END OF MARCH. SO ILEARNED,

SO I THINK IT'S COOL, GREAT THAT YOU GUYS ARE ABLETO PIVOT AND STILL USE THESE FUNDS TO SUPPORT YOUNG PEOPLE WHO WANTTO PURSUE MUSIC. RIGHT.
I, YOU KNOW, I'M SUPER EXCITED ABOUT THISEVENT. IT SORT OF CAME TOGETHER AND I HOPE EVERYONE WILL JOIN US ANDENJOY THIS CONCERT. IT'S A GIFT FROM US TO THE COMMUNITY. IT'SACTUALLY A GIVE BACK BECAUSE WE DON'T EXIST WITHOUT THE WONDERFULSUPPORT THAT THE COMMUNITY HAS GIVEN US FOR 34 YEARS. AND SO, YEAH,THAT'S, THAT'S WHAT WE'RE DOING. SAVE THE DATE: SEPTEMBER 10TH, 7:00PM. IS THAT RIGHT? THAT'S RIGHT. AND YOU'RE GOING TO GO TO MUSIC INTHE MOUNTAINS.COM, RIGHT? TO HAVE ALL THE DETAILS ON HOW TO JOIN THELIVE CONCERT. YOU WON'T BE ABLE TO JOIN UNTIL SEVEN O'CLOCK. SO JUST,YOU KNOW, HAVE YOUR BUTTON READY AND BE READY TO BE, LET IN AND HAVETHIS AMAZING LIVE EXPERIENCE. IT'S GOING TO BE OVER YOUTUBE PREMIERE.RIGHT. AND SO, AND GET YOUR FRIENDS SO THAT YOU CAN BE, YOU KNOW, HASTO HAVE A GROUP EXPERIENCE, RIGHT. POPS NIGHT GOES VIRTUAL PARTY, IGUESS, PARTY, FOOD, DRINKS AND FRIENDS, AND THEN IMMEDIATELYFOLLOWING THE CONCERT.

SO WHEN OUR CONCERT IS THE AUCTION,WHICH GOES FOR TWO WEEKS YES. AND BENEFITS YOUR BENEFITS, UM, KIDS INOUR COMMUNITY. ABSOLUTELY. SO, YEAH, I MEAN, THAT'S A GREAT, YOUKNOW, WHAT A GREAT COMMUNITY EVENT, I THINK IT'S GOING TO BE FUN.YEAH. WAIT, THANK YOU, WENDY. WELL, IT'S SO GREAT TO HAVE YOU IN THESTUDIO, ANGIE, THANKS FOR TELLING US ABOUT THIS EVENT. THAT'S COMINGRIGHT UP. SO MARK YOUR CALENDAR AND LET'S HOPEFULLY WE'LL RALLY GET,GET A LOT OF DURANGO. AND I GUESS PEOPLE FROM ANYWHERE COULD JOINTHIS CAMP. CAN'T THEY FROM ALL OVER THE GLOBE, WE HOPE THAT THE WHOLEWORLD WILL JOIN US HERE IN DURANGO. I MEAN, THERE'S DOWNSIDES TOHAVING TO GO VIRTUAL AND THERE'S UPSIDES, WHICH IS THAT PEOPLE COULDEXPERIENCE THIS CONCERT ALL AROUND THE WORLD. ABSOLUTELY. ON YOURPHONE, WHEREVER YOU ARE. AMAZING. YEAH. I LOVE IT. COOL. THANK YOUFOR JOINING US AND GOOD LUCK FOR YOUR EVENT. I HOPE THAT OURCOMMUNITY COMES OUT AND NOT ONLY ENJOYS THE CONCERT, BUT ALSO BUYSLOTS OF THINGS ON THE AUCTION. YEAH. FINGERS CROSSED. THANK YOU FORALL YOUR GENEROSITY DURANGO. WE HAD SUCH A GREAT COMMUNITY. IT'S FUNTO LIVE HERE. YEAH. THANK YOU. THANK YOU VERY MUCH. YEAH. ALL RIGHT.WELL, THANKS FOR WATCHING THE LOCAL NEWS NETWORK. I'M WENDY GRAHAMSETTLED, JOINED BY ANGIE BEACH, THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF MUSIC INTHE MOUNTAINS IN OUR STUDIO TODAY. THANKS FOR WATCHING.

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