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Soiree stimulated by mountain surroundings

Story and photos by Carolyn Pope

“A house is not a home until there is music in it,” said Eugenia Zukerman, artistic director for Bravo! Vail Valley Music Festival.

If that’s true, the new home of Kathy and David Ferguson is blessed for years to come. The Fergusons hosted the second “soiree” of the season, “European Elegance”, featuring Brahms’ Trio in A Minor for Clarinet, Cello and Piano, Op. 114; Tartini’s Devil’s Trill for Violin and Piano; and Mozart’s Quartet in G Minor for Piano and Strings, K. 478.Guests went on self-guided tours through the Ferguson home in Mountain Star, truly a landmark. Their home was designed to bring the natural beauty of the surroundings inside. They have magnificently achieved that feat – the transition from outdoors to indoors is virtually seamless, leaving those fortunate enough to relax inside their walls with a feeling of solace and pleasure in natural beauty.

Nature was reflected in the music that evening, as well. The breeze was calm as Brahms wafted through the salon and a capricious wind picked up during Tartini, sending the aspen leaves quaking as if the devil himself was approving of the music.After the concert, the guests were treated to an exquisite dinner of sea bass and steak presented by Daniel Joly of Mirabelle and his staff, which was outshone only by the glorious sunset from the stone patio of the Ferguson home.

Seen at the event: Marty Head, Jeri and Charlie Campisi, Simone and John Carlen, Argie and Oscar Tang, Cathy and Howard Stone.For more information on the Bravo! Soiree Series, please call Jason Denhart at 970-827-5700.