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February, 2012:

Music of Power, Exuberance and Beauty Slated for Taos Chamber Concert in Alamosa

Power, youthful exuberance, poignant beauty and an apt welcome to spring will all be on the program when a trio from the Taos Chamber Music Group performs this Sat., March 3, at 6pm in Leon Auditorium near 2nd St. and Richardson Ave., on the Adams State College campus in Alamosa. Tickets are $13 for ALMA members, $15 for the general public, $8 for seniors, students, full-time volunteers and active duty military with identification.Advance tickets are now available at the Narrow Gauge Bookstore, on the corner of State and Main in Alamosa, and the Adams State College Music Department office on campus.

Playing piano, cello and flute, Debra Ayers, Sally Guenther and Nancy Laupheimer will begin the program with an elegant French Baroque trio sonata written by Jean-Philippe Rameau, “Pièces de Clavecin en Concert, no. 5.”

Guenther and Ayers will then play the powerful “Sonata in C Major, Opus 119,” composed by Sergei Prokofieff. Despite knowing his work might never be performed in public, Prokofieff continued composing after Stalin banned his music for not celebrating the glory of the Soviet nation. But having passed the scrutiny of several Soviet panels of music judges, this work was finally played at the Moscow Conservatory in 1950 and called a successful premiere as well as a victory over Soviet musical bureaucracy.

The next piece on the program is by Glen Cortese, a living American composer who based “I Dream’d in a Dream” on the Walt Whitman poem of the same name. It was inspired by and written shortly after the 9/11 tragedy and is a beautiful lament for flute and piano.

The program will conclude with Claude Debussy‘s “Piano Trio in G Major.” Originally composed for violin, cello and piano, Laupheimer has arranged the piece to include flute instead of violin. Flavored by a youthful exuberance, the composition is an apt musical welcome to spring.

Recognized for its creative programming and first class artistry, the Taos Chamber Music Group has taken its place as a premiere ensemble. The area’s finest musicians and guest artists from around the world come to play with TCMG, and it has collaborated with writers, dancers, artists, filmmakers and photographers.

 

Trio from Taos Chamber Group to Perform in Alamosa

Playing works by Prokofiev, Debussy, and others, a trio from the Taos Chamber Music Group will present a concert sponsored by the Alamosa Live Music Association (ALMA), Sat. March 3, 6pm, in Leon Hall, near 2nd St. and Richardson Ave. on the Adams State College campus in Alamosa.

Pianist Debra Ayers performs internationally as a recitalist with singers, instrumentalists, and chamber music ensembles. She is co-founder/pianist of MONTAGE Music Society and the Taos Trio. She also performs regularly with Metropolitan Opera bass-baritone Keith Miller, Breckenridge Music Festival, Serenata of Santa Fe, and has collaborated with the Vega String Quartet, Arcadian Winds, Auros New Music Ensemble, Aspen Santa Fe Ballet, Aspen Music Festival Chamber Players and Emerald City Opera..

Cellist Sally Guenther received her Bachelor’s degree at Indiana University where she studied with Janos Starker, and a Master’s degree at The Julliard School of Music, studying with Harvey Shapiro. She also attended the Taos School of Music, Music Academy of the West and International Congress of Strings. After engagements with several US orchestras, including with the Cincinnati, Fort Worth and Syracuse symphonies (as principal cellist), and the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, she became solo cellist of the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra in Norway, a position she held for twenty years.

Flutist Nancy Laupheimer founded the Taos Chamber Music Group in 1993 and serves as its Artistic and Executive Director. She has played flute, alto flute and piccolo with the Santa Fe Symphony, Musica de Camera Orchestra, Santa Fe Festival Ballet, Desert Chorale, New Mexico Music Festival, Serenata of Santa Fe, Music from Angel Fire, the Dorian Wind Quintet, and the American and Helios String Quartets. Other chamber music collaborations have included concerts on the Dolores and Green Rivers with members of the Los Angeles Philharmonic. Laupheimer has recently been named a Remarkable Woman of Taos.

Tickets for the show are $10 for ALMA members, $12 for the general public, $5 for students, seniors, full-time volunteers and active duty military with proper identification. Advance tickets are now available at the Narrow Gauge Bookstore, on the corner of State and Main in Alamosa, and the Adams State College Music Department office on campus.

March Music Madness

It’s March Music Madness as the Alamosa Live Music Association (ALMA) presents four concerts during the month.

Start things off with a trio from the Taos Chamber Music Group playing pieces from Debussy, Prokofieff, Rameau, and Cortese on various combinations of flute, cello and piano. Saturday, March 3, 6pm at Leon Memorial Hall on the corner of Richardson Ave. and 2nd St. on the Adams State College campus in Alamosa. Tickets are $13 for ALMA members, $15 general public, $8 for students, seniors, full-time volunteers and active duty military.

Next, the young women of SHEL travel from Ft. Collins to blow you away with their mostly acoustic mix of folk, rock, Celtic and bluegrass styles. Sunday, March 11, 7 pm, also at Leon Hall. Tickets are $8 for ALMA members, $10 for the general public, $5 for students, seniors, full-time volunteers and active duty military.

Finally, the weekend of Friday, March 30th and Saturday, March 31st, it’s a mini-festival of world-class female singer-songwriters with sounds rooted in roots, folksy, acoustic Americana and bluegrass. Driftwood Fire, an organically creative female fronted group whose vivid songwriting and prodigious playing skills display an uncommon artistry, play Friday, March 30th, 7:30pm, at Vistas restaurant in the stadium at Adams State College. She “concoct(s) a heady cocktail of tender beauty and winsome regret, while employing a voice that’s at once honeyed and raw,” according to NPR, and Sarah Siskind returns to Alamosa Saturday, March 31st, 7:30pm. Sarah brings along her bass virtuoso husband Travis Book, from the Infamous Stringdusters, as well. We’ll be overlooking the lights of Alamosa in Vistas restaurant on the Adams State College campus for this show, too. As a special package deal you can get tickets for both shows for $20 (general public), $16 for ALMA members, $9 for students, seniors, full-time volunteers and active duty military. Tickets for only the Driftwood Fire show on Friday are $10 general public, $8 for ALMA members and $5 for students, seniors, full-time volunteers and active duty military. Tickets for Sarah Siskind and Travis Book’s show alone are $12, $10 and $6.