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‘Magical Mountain Music’ at the Breck Nordic Center

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On Saturday, Jan. 24, at 6 p.m., the Breckenridge Music Festival's fundraising program, Applause, presents "Magical Mountain Music" at the Breckenridge Nordic Center on Peak 8. The evening, featuring musician and singer Jim Salestrom and composer, producer and pianist Jerome Gilmer, both internationally acclaimed artists, benefits the programs of the Breckenridge Music Festival.

Salestrom, a Colorado mountain native, writes and sings songs about the great Colorado outdoors, music he brought for several years to England, France, Germany, Brazil, Argentina, Ireland, Scotland and Canada. Gilmer is an eight-time Emmy Award winner who lives and works in Denver. He has written and produced hundreds of original musical works for film and video, and he records for many of the largest (and smallest) businesses in the United States and internationally.


"From the time I was a toddler, I knew that I wanted to be a musician, and I feel blessed to have been able to make music my life's work," Salestrom said.

Salestrom's career in music has brought him to incredible heights. In the 1980s, he worked with Dolly Parton as a singer and musician, playing acoustic, electric and high-string guitars, as well as the banjo. Recently, more than 30 years down the road in each of their careers, Parton invited Salestrom to accompany her musical tour to Australia. They have just returned from this exciting and well-received tour.

During his career, Salestrom has performed for Presidents Jimmy Carter, George H.W. Bush and Bill Clinton. He also played for President George W. Bush at the White House during the 2002 Christmas Open House.

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Salestrom annually brings together musicians who honor John Denver in benefits in Colorado and California. In 2007, he was honored to sing Denver's "Rocky Mountain High" at the Colorado House of Representatives as the song was made an official state song of Colorado. Salestrom also performed his song "We Are Americans" at the U.S. Supreme Court.


Gilmer funded settling in Colorado with money earned from his work on Steven Spielberg's movie "Close Encounters of the Third Kind," for which he helped create special musically coordinated lighting effects for the final scenes. He went on to compose "This Is Colorado," for many years a staple in the state's school music programs.

The list of Gilmer's accomplishments is extensive and includes composing themed packages for the Colorado Rockies and the Denver Nuggets, traveling to the United Kingdom to record the world-renowned film orchestra Sinfonia of London at CTS Studios and underscoring for NBC's "News for Kids," which played in more than 150 markets across America. As a contributor to the Omni Music Production Music Library, his work has been heard in programs around the world, including on "The Late Show With David Letterman" in the United States. He has also produced two soundtracks for National Parks Service videos and orchestrations for "Blue Steel," an elite ensemble of the Air Force Band.

Gilmer continues to work from Denver and is involved in album and show productions, film and video scoring, lecturing, creativity training, music production and music software.

Catered comfort food will be provided for the show. For ticket reservations and further information, call (970) 453-9142.

If you go

What: “Magical Mountain Music,” featuring Jim Salestrom and Jerome Gilmer

When: 6 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 24

Where: Breckenridge Nordic Center, 9 Grandview Drive (north off Ski Hill Road on Peak 8), Breckenridge

Cost: General admission is $90, or $85 for Applause members; seating is limited to 85 people

More information: Catered comfort food will be provided. For ticket reservations and further information, call (970) 453-9142.