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First News Summer 2009

Music from Angle Fire

   The summer of 2009 promises to provide food for the soul with Music from Angel Fire's 26th Season. Music lovers and international artists will once again assemble in the Northern New Mexico mountain communities of Angel Fire, Taos, Raton and Las Vegas to celebrate exciting chamber music and spectacular scenery beginning Friday, August 21st through Sunday, September 6th. International artists will perform in 15 concerts featuring works from the Baroque to the Contemporary periods. 2009 artists will include the Miami String Quartet, violinists Ida and Ani Kavafian and Pam Frank, pianist Anne-Marie McDermott, flutist Tara Helen O'Connor, violist Cynthia Phelps, oboist Stephen Taylor, and two-time Grammy Award winner, Native American flutist Robert Mirabal.

   The festival opens August 21 in Angel Fire and delights audiences with world-class chamber music performances and special events in intimate settings across Northern New Mexico. Two "Closer Encounters" on Friday, August 21 and Wednesday, August 26 at the Angel Fire Community Center will provide the public with an insider's view of rehearsals – very up close and personal. These rehearsals will be informal, fun, educational and free! On August 22nd the theme of the concert will be "Romancing the Classics" at the Taos Center for the Arts in honor of the Taos Summer of Love '09. Festival Artistic Director, Ida Kavafian, will again be hosting two illuminating evenings of "Musical Conversations" at the United Church of Angel Fire on August 23 and September 3. The year 1809 witnessed both Mendelssohn's birth and Haydn's death. This season, 200 years later, the Festival's "Musical Conversations" will explore the way the two composers framed this musical period like classical bookends. The beautiful and historic Shuler Theater will once again be the setting for the Complimentary Community Concert in Raton on August 25th, and the Las Vegas concert will be held at the Ilfeld Auditorium on the campus of New Mexico Highlands University on August 28th.

   The Festival's Salon Concert will provide experiences from the sublime to the ridiculous! In addition to time-honored musical selections, hilarity will ensue in this crowd-pleasing event which will be followed by the annual Southwestern Art Auction Benefit held at The Lodge at Angel Fire Resort on Sunday, August 30. The silent auction will be free and open to the public. Tickets can be purchased for the dinner and live auction. The annual all-Baroque concert in Taos will take place on Wednesday, September 2. The closing concert of the season takes place at the Angel Fire Community Center, on Sunday, September 6th, and proudly presents the World Premiere of the new work, Capricious Angels by the Festival's Composer-in-Residence, Augusta Read Thomas, and commissioned by Music from Angel Fire funded in part by the Bruce E. Howden, Jr. American Composers Project. Ms. Thomas was the Mead Composer-in-Residence with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, and one of two finalists for the 2007 Pulitzer Prize in Music.

   Exceptionally talented young artists from the famed Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia will be broadening their concert experience and repertoire by performing in festival concerts as a part of the "Young Artist Program," now in its eleventh year. The astounding talent of these young artists will also be shared with school children in 30 classroom concerts, demonstrations and interactive lectures in communities across Northern New Mexico through the festival's "Music in Our Schools" program which enriches the lives of New Mexico students immeasurably. Enrich your life with music from August 21–September 6. Tickets $20-$35. Call (888) 377-3300 or (575) 377-3233 for locations and times or visit their web site


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