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Praise for the Taos Chamber Music Group!


"One of the great treasures of Taos" -The Taos News
"Big magic...silken ensemble playing"
-Albuquerque Journal
“A remarkable concert of juxtaposed styles”
-Horse Fly
“Depth, vitality and inventiveness”
-Spencer Beckwith, KUNM
   
PRESS RELEASE

Taos Center for the Arts and Taos Chamber Music Group present Holiday-time Concerts

The Taos Chamber Music Group is planning three performances on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, December 10, 11 and 12 all at 5:30 p.m. at the Taos Community Auditorium. A much-anticipated holiday-time tradition in Taos, TCMG's concerts are being held at the TCA this season to allow for socially distanced seating. NM DOH safety measures require all to be masked, and attendees must show proof of vaccination or a negative COVID test.

The first program on Friday, December 10 will be a solo recital by virtuoso pianist Gleb Ivanov who will perform works by Franz Liszt, Felix Mendelssohn and Franz Schubert. His playing has set off fireworks in performances from Moscow to the Louvre in Paris to Carnegie Hall and the Kennedy Center in the US. The Mendelssohn “Variations Serieuses” and especially the Liszt “Sonata in B minor” are major works in the piano repertoire that will showcase Ivanov’s brilliant technique as well as his soulful interpretation. The short works by Schubert, "Ständchen" (Serenade) and “2 Scherzi,” are ones that Ivanov often teaches, and with his near photographic memory says he learned without ever practicing!

On Saturday and Sunday, December 11 and 12, Ivanov will be joined by TCMG members Nancy Laupheimer on flute, LP How on violin and Sally Guenther on cello for works by Fanny Mendelssohn, Melanie Bonis, Robert Schumann and Sergei Prokofiev.

Laupheimer, who is also TCMG's director, quips that the program could be subtitled "Equal Time" for its inclusion of two works by female and two by male composers. All of the pieces are rich chamber music compositions that are sure to warm up the holiday season.

This is the ninth season of Ivanov joining TCMG’s musicians. For almost all of those performances, piano trios (violin, cello and piano) were the "big" piece on the program, and How, Guenther and Ivanov have become fondly familiar with each other as collaborators. How had suggested the Fanny Mendelssohn “Piano Trio” as something he'd like to play with Ivanov and Guenther on their next program. Often still in the shadows of her younger brother Felix, Fanny's music is of equal import and inspiration, and the “Trio” is a major and moving work.

Laupheimer, who played the “Flute Sonata” by Sergei Prokofiev on the TCA stage in her first Taos recital in 1980, says “I wanted to play the Prokofiev ‘Flute Sonata’ again with Gleb after having heard the complete Prokofiev ‘Piano Sonatas’ that he performed at the Harwood when he was last here in 2019. Those were mind-blowing. Then I wanted to feature Sally in a piece, and she picked the Robert Schumann ‘Fantasy Pieces’ for cello and piano to play with Gleb who knows both works well.

The concert will open with a ‘Suite’ for flute, violin and piano by Mel(anie) Bonis. Her story is filled with turbulence too long to describe here but is sadly not surprising for a woman, especially one aspiring to be a composer, in the late 1800's and early 1900's. The ‘Suite’ is a gorgeous piece for an unusual combination of instruments and is sure to entice the listener's curiosity about this accomplished, little-known French composer.

The nourishing mix of flavors on both of these programs reminds me of a rich and satisfying holiday feast that we look forward to sharing with audiences,” concludes Laupheimer.

Concerts are 60-70 minutes without intermission. This will be a co-presentation of TCMG with the TCA. More information is available at taoschambermusicgroup.org and tickets are at tcataos.org.

 

 


Life as a Musician During the Pandemic by Kim Bakkum


     September, 2021: I have observed the effect of the pandemic on my musical colleagues all over the world.  From Academia to orchestras, educators and chamber groups it’s been a huge blow to our musical psyches and naturally to the livelihood of making music. That being said, it has been beyond remarkable how we’ve all collectively pursued and insisted on a way to share music. For me personally to continue to teach music in my community. Has been critical. Music is that important to the human spirit.
    Musicians are resilient, persistent and curious and I’ve watched colleagues re-invent the ability to teach music at colleges, to stream concerts, and to insist that music continues to have a place in our communities. There has been incredible technical growth in this area for us all. We are entirely fortunate that we have the benefits of technology to bring performances into our living rooms, bring playlists to our cars, and Zoom, Skype or Facetime students.
    I’m especially proud of my individual private students who continued their pursuit of music online all last year. I never ever imagined that I’d be teaching via a screen, but we did it. The students did it and that was so critical to me, to continue to enhance and support their love for music. This week, I got to meet some students for the FIRST time in person for a lesson and was quickly reminded of the power of “in person” human connection. The glory of sound produced from an acoustic instrument that bathes us in energy and beauty is amazing. THAT, cannot be reproduced via a screen…
    There truly is nothing like it, and I have missed it, and I applaud my students, and their parents for knowing that music in their lives is a forever gift. So, during the pandemic, in lieu of collaborations, the pursuit of a solo program seemed natural and necessary. Music has a power to organize, create and feed the soul. Music is sound and heart. It’s part of the human condition and human connection!


 

 

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