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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 Chamber Music Group presents "Beyond Borders"

The Taos Chamber Music Group's 26th season continues with a holiday-time program called “Beyond Borders” that features Russian virtuoso pianist Gleb Ivanov. From Armenian Arno Babajanian’s “Piano Trio in F# minor” and Czech Antonin Dvorak’s “Piano Quartet No. 1 in D Major” to American composer Eldin Burton’s Spanish-flavored “Sonatina” for flute and piano, TCMG traverses borders in three performances on Friday, Saturday & Sunday, December 14, 15 & 16, 5:30 p.m. at the Harwood Museum in Taos. Ivanov will be joined by TCMG musicians Elizabeth Baker, violin, LP How, violin and viola, Sally Guenther, cello, and Nancy Laupheimer, flute.

“With music from countries whose borders have been redefined, this year’s theme of ‘Beyond Borders’ is not only incredibly timely, but brings attention to the holiday spirit of peace on earth and goodwill to all,” says Laupheimer who is also TCMG’s director. “It speaks to the profound power of music to transcend perceived boundaries.”

The program highlights the prodigious talents of Russian pianist Gelb Ivanov who came to the US from Moscow where he had been a protégé of Mstislav Rostropovich, appearing as a soloist under the maestro with the Nizhny Novgorod Philharmonic. He also performed with the Moscow State Orchestra, the Kremlin Orchestra, and at the Pushkin, Glinka, and Scriabin Museums in Moscow, and won First Prizes at the 1994 and 1996 International “Classical Legacy” Competition and at the First Vladimir Horowitz Competition in Kiev. Shortly after coming to the US Ivanov won the Young Concert Artists International Auditions in 2005 and went on to be presented at Carnegie’s Zankel Hall and at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC. Ivanov was also honored with the Michaels Award of Young Concert Artists and presented at Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall.

Through a personal connection of Laupheimer, Ivanov started coming to Taos to perform with TCMG in 2013 and has returned at least once a year since then. He suggested this year’s piano trio by Arno Babajanian, a piece he says he has always wanted to play. An Armenian composer who lived during the Soviet era, Babajanian trained in Moscow and in 1971 was named a People’s Artist of the Soviet Union. The “Piano Trio” was written in 1952 while Babajanian was teaching at the Yerevan Conservatory in Armenia. A virtuoso pianist himself, Babajanian conveys the impassioned longing of Armenian folk music as well as the romanticism of such Russian composers as Sergei Rachmaninoff.

Laupheimer chose to pair the Babajanian “Trio” with the sunnier Dvorak “Piano Quartet No.1 in D Major,” to reflect and add to the joy of the holiday season. The “Quartet” was written when Dvorak was 34 and pays homage to his native Czech folk music as well as the chamber music tradition of Beethoven and Schubert. LP How, who will play violin for the Babajanian “Trio,” will switch to viola for the “Quartet,” with Elizabeth Baker taking on the violin duties and Sally Guenther rounding out the group on cello.

How has been a member of the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra since 1980, touring extensively throughout the Americas, Europe and Asia, and appearing frequently as soloist and concertmaster of the conductor-less group. He was a member of the Santa Fe Opera Orchestra for 30 years and continues to be active in New Mexico with the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival. How has also appeared with the Caramoor, Spoleto, Moab and Lochenhaus Music Festivals, as well as the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center,

Opening the program, Laupheimer will perform with Ivanov on a mid-century American work by Eldin Burton. His “Sonatina” for flute and piano is expressive and expansive, with a Spanish fandango finale. A staple of the flute repertoire, the piece won the 1948 New York Flute Club Composition Competition, but Burton did not pursue composition, working instead for the Schirmer Publishing Company.

TCMG’s 26th season shows have all received standing ovations and acclaim for outstanding artistry as well as inspiring and unusual programming. For tickets and more information, visit the Taos Chamber Music Group website at Tickets are also on sale at the Harwood Museum, 758-9826, where there is a discount for museum members.

Continue the festivities after the performance at Lambert's Doc Martin's, Martrys and the Gorge Bar and Grill restaurants which offer TCMG ticket holders dinner discount

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