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.


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