1999, after almost two decades of touring Europe and the US as the Mientka Duo, my husband and I decided to move from Grand Junction, Colorado to the nearby very small town of Paonia and start our own concert series. We had three small children and trying to raise them while leaving every few months to go on tour just wasn’t working. So we decided to concentrate on giving our music locally and having a more normal family life! The first season we presented six concerts in both Paonia and the local town Cedaredge. The series was immediately popular, and the second season we expanded to giving concerts in Paonia, Eckert, Montrose, and Grand Junction. By the end of the 12th season we had presented over 190 concerts and many, many school concerts. In 2012 my beloved husband passed away, and my daughter Stephanie took over the role of co-artistic director with me. The series is now in it’s 21th season!

Western Slope Concert Series