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Summer 2014 marks the 38th annual Salida Aspen Concert season, with plans underway for concerts during July and August in the auditorium of Salida High School, 26 Jones Avenue, Salida, CO. Tickets are only $15 and may be purchased online or at the door one hour before the concert starts at 7:30 p.m. For more information call (719) 539-6467. 

For some insight into this long-standing tradition, please read the following excerpts from an article written by Jean Hanfelt in 2005 [only a few key sections are presented here]:

It does not seem possible that this year marks the 29th anniversary of the Salida Aspen concert series, the longest running partnership between the Aspen Music School and Festival and a Colorado community. This relationship started with a single Aspen Music Festival concert in the summer of 1977. The Monarch String Quartet played to about 175 persons on Friday, July 22, 1977, at the Salida High School auditorium, giving locals a rare opportunity to attend a classical music concert in Salida.

…The six-week concert series is funded through contributions, ad sales for the Program Book, and ticket sales…

…The roster of performers who have brought their music to Chaffee County is impressive. We have been fortunate to have had on our stage at the John Held auditorium such notables as soprano Renee Fleming, violinists Gil Shaham, Robert McDuffie, Livia Sohn, David Perry, Mark Peskano, Dimitri Berlinsky and Adele Anthony, violist Larry Dutton, cellists Frederick Zlotkin and David Finckel; harpist Nancy Allen, flutists Barli Nugent and Nadine Asin, pianists Rita Sloan, Wu Han and Akira Eguchi. Artists of this caliber make each season exceptionally rewarding.

Salida Movies

Storyville Cinema and Nightspot
135 West First Street
Salida, Colorado 81201
(719) 539-7002

Salida Performing Arts

Salida Steam Plant Theater and Event Center
220 West Sackett Avenue
Salida, Colorado 81201
(719) 530-0933                                                          

Riverside performing arts and other events center. Restored 1887 steam power plant building features 30-foot ceilings, hardwood floors, exposed brick walls and seats 220 guests. Complex also has outdoor Sculpture Garden and Conference Center. Tickets are available online, at the Steam Plant one hour prior to performance, and at the Salida Chamber of Commerce.

Salida Music

Check out the Salida Chamber of Commerce as well as the local newspaper, the Mountain Mail, for live music venues at Salida’s coffee shops, taverns, downtown park, and other locations.

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