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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
  
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Taos Chamber Music Group celebrates 25th Anniversary! by Robin Marlowe
 
The Taos Chamber Music Group has announced its 25th anniversary season of “wild and scenic” music, which will run from late September, 2017 through late May, 2018. What began as the dream of flutist Nancy Laupheimer to make chamber music a year-round presence in her hometown of Taos, has taken its place among the area's world-class music festivals, including Taos School of Music and Music from Angel Fire, that have made Taos, New Mexico a nexus for classical music.

Over the past quarter century, TCMG has attracted some of New Mexico's finest artists, as well as musicians from around the world, to collaborate on programs spanning centuries of classical and contemporary music. The pieces chosen for each express a unifying theme, "a connecting thread," as founder and director Nancy Laupheimer puts it. Last season, for example, a focus on music that reflects physical disability conveyed more celebration than lament. The concerts are the unique vision of Laupheimer, an accomplished flutist and wilderness enthusiast, despite having MS, whose love for her art is exceeded only by her love of sharing it with fellow performers and an ever-expanding audience.

The Harwood Museum, in downtown Taos, boasts TCMG as its Resident Chamber Music Group, and the seven yearly programs, each performed twice, are held in the museum's intimate Arthur Bell Auditorium. At a typical concert, the faces of the audience transform. Eyes close, smiles bloom. School children also visit the museum for an open rehearsal prior to the concerts, and get an inside look at preparation.

How does an organization continue to bring something new and moving to every performance for a quarter of a century? Laupheimer is known for her creativity in coming up with compelling musical story lines, and a conversational approach encourages other TCMG artists to inform the final product, keeping the vision fresh and varied. Programs often reflect the beauty of TCMG’s surroundings as well as the unique cultural diversity of the Taos area.

During the 25th Anniversay Season, music comes from 18th century Venice through to a modern reinvention of the story of Pan, and promises to take audiences on an incomparable musical journey. Highlights of the fall concerts include the return of the American String Quartet, an all-women composers concert, and virtuoso pianist Gleb Ivanov in a French holiday time program.

In January, TCMG presents international flute phenom and performance artist Claire Chase in a mind-blowing show that includes works recently written for her. In February, the group explores the power of music to depict the natural world, from storm to stillness and mountains to mesas. April's annual "Play it Forward" concerts, in which TCMG features younger musicians, showcase the astounding abilities of 17-year old violinist and Sante Fe native Phoenix Avalon. And Memorial Day weekend brings an encore performance of multiple cellists, a TCMG favorite, that will this time feature four "Cello Chicks" performing Bach and the classics to jazz, pop and beyond!

Concerts begin at 5:30 so audiences can enjoy dinner afterwards at one of TCMG's participating restaurants, Doc Martin's, Lamberts, Martyrs and the Gorge Bar & Grill. Visit www.taoschambermusicgroup.org for more information. Tickets are on sale on the website, and season tickets are available at a discount. Individual tickets may also be purchased through the Harwood Museum, where there is a discount for Alliance members, 575-758-9826.
 

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