11-10 Land of Enchantment III: Chamber Music Albuquerque

Welcome to America’s Music Festivals three-part mini-series from the Land of Enchantment.

To round out our visit to New Mexico, we once again spend some quality time with our friends, the Shanghai Quartet at Chamber Music Albuquerque.  We also revisit the Santa Fe Desert Chorale, and the Borromeo Quartet at the Taos School of Music.

Formerly known as the June Music Festival, Chamber Music Albuquerque (CMA) has been a major arts partner in New Mexico since 1942. For 69 years CMA has remained true to its mission: to present the world’s finest chamber music artists in live performance and share the power of music with the community.

Chamber Music Albuquerque provides the residents of Albuquerque with a feast of talented musicians who perform in the beautiful Albuquerque Academy Auditorium at the foot of Sandia Mountain.

In November, CMA hosted a performance by the Assad Brothers, a renowned guitar duo, attracting a large and youthful audience. The Assad Brothers won a Grammy in 2008 and have toured and recorded with Yo Yo Ma. CMA is also very lucky to have a late addition to their concert calendar this Spring when they will present composer Philip Glass playing his own pieces in a solo piano concert on Tuesday, March 15th.

For more information visit http://www.cma-abq.org/


Shanghai Quartet, from Chamber Music Albuquerque
Penderecki: String Quartet No. 3
Schubert: Death and the Maiden

Santa Fe Desert Chorale
Carlos Guastavino: Se Equivocó la Paloma
Henrique de Curitiba: Já Vem a Primavera
Leo Brouwer: Son Mercedes
Trad, arr. Conrado Monier: Son de la Loma
Lars-Johann Werle: Sitting in a Tree (from Trees)
John Carey Franklin: Uncertainty of the Poet
Michael McGlynn: Dulaman
Lindberg: Shall I compare
Healy Willan: Rise Up My Love

Borromeo Quartet, from the Taos School of Music
Brahms: Piano Quintet in F Minor, Op. 34: III and IV

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Shanghai Quartet –

Nicholas Tzavaras, cello
Yi-Wen Jiang, violin
Honggang Li, viola
Weigang Li, violin

“The whole performance was superb,” said The New York Times. Originally formed in Shanghai, this versatile ensemble is known for their passionate musicality, virtuosic technique and multicultural innovations.

The Shanghai Quartet melds the delicacy of Eastern music with the power of Western repertoire, from traditional Chinese folk music to the most challenging classical works.The Quartet regularly tours the great music centers of North and South America, Asia, and Europe. They have appeared frequently at New York’s Carnegie Hall, and their travels have taken them from London, Vienna and Prague, to Australia’s Sydney Opera House. More

Sante Fe Desert Chorale - The Desert Chorale mainly performs a cappella (without accompaniment) and is renowned for its rich sound, seamless blend and wide-ranging programming, having performed more than 2,000 compositions by some 500 composers, spanning nine centuries of music. Founder Lawrence Bandfield (1933-2009) conducted the first season in 1983 and continued as Music Director until 1998. The values that he established sustain the Desert Chorale today: diverse repertory performed by top quality, professional musicians; an intimate rapport with audience members and donors; and strong relationships with the community of northern New Mexico – as evidenced by regular performances outside Santa Fe; tours of historic churches; and collaborations with Santa Fe New Music, Santa Fe Opera, Santa Fe Symphony and others. More

Borromeo Quartet -

Yeesum Kim, Cello
Nick Kitchen, Violin
Mai Motobuchi, Viola
Kristopher Tong, Violin

Since their explosive debut in 1989, the critically acclaimed Borromeo String Quartet have become one of the most sought after strings quartets in the world, performing over 100 concerts of classical and contemporary literature across three continents each season. Audiences and critics alike champion their revealing explorations of Beethoven, Bartok, Schoenberg, Shostakovich, and Golijov, and their affinity for making even the most challenging contemporary repertoire approachable and enlightening. The Borromeo Quartet’s long-standing and celebrated residency at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum has been called “one of the defining experiences of civilization in Boston” [Boston Globe] and their ongoing concert series at the Tenri Cultural Institute in New York has been hailed as “one of New York’s best kept secrets” [New York Sun]. More

Taos School of Music – Founded in 1963, and the subject of many feature stories including those on NBC’s “Today Show” and National Public Radio’s “Morning Edition,” Taos School of Music is one of the oldest and most respected summer chamber music programs in the country. Its alumni have served as members of such award winning chamber groups as the Alexander, Brentano, Chester, Lark, Muir, Shanghai and St. Lawrence quartets, the Eroica Trio, and Musicians from Marlboro. They have become principal players and members of the major orchestras  in the United States: Boston, Chicago, Cleveland, Detroit, Los Angeles, Metropolitan Opera, Milwaukee, National, New York, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, St. Louis, St. Lawrence, and San Francisco. More