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Zuill Bailey joins the Chiara String Quartet for an unbelievable ending to the El Paso Pro-Musica Chamber Music Festival on January 28th, 2018 | Photo courtesy EPPM Facebook

El Paso Pro-Musica Chamber Music Festival Returns

The 29th Annual El Paso Pro-Musica Chamber Music Festival returns to the Sun City with nearly a month of performances throughout the Borderland.

The Festival kicks off  January 10, with the Vega String Quartet and pianist William Ransom at the  annual “Bach’s Lunch,” Free Noon-time Concert Series at the El Paso Museum of Art and sponsored by United Bank of El Paso Del Norte.

The ensemble is known for their ” powerful technique, impeccable and boundless musicianship, and abundant strength and  perspective,” by the Los Angeles Times.  They will also perform on January 10 at 6:00 p.m. for the popular “Twilight Tours,” at the Star City Studios. The performances are relaxed and exciting including a Champagne Toast and more.

The featured Concert of the Vega String Quartet is set for Friday, January 11 at 7:30 p.m. at UTEP’s Fox Fine Arts Recital Hall. They perform at the Atkinson Recital Hall in Las Cruces on Saturday, January 12 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, January 13 at 2:00 p.m. at UTEP’s Fox Fine Arts Recital Hall.

The annual Collaboration with El Paso Pro-Musica and the El Paso Symphony Orchestra continues with a performance of the Dvorak Cello Concerto with Guest Artist Zuill Bailey, on Jan.18 and 19  at 7:30 p.m. at the Plaza Theater, with the El Paso Symphony Orchestra, Bohuslav Rattay, Conductor.

This is the first time Bailey performs at the Plaza Theater since his Grammy Award Win for “Tales of Hemingway.”

Bailey will also be featured in a Special Recital, “Concerto Sunday with Zuill Bailey,”  January 20 at 2:00 p.m. at UTEP’s Fox Fine Arts Recital Hall. He will be  accompanied by acclaimed Composer, Dr. Dominic Dousa.

Acclaimed Russian Pianist Yuliya Gorenman returns for Week Three of the Festival with her transcription of Bach’s” Well Tempered Clavier,” works by  Chopin and even Jazz Greats.

Her performances begin with ” Bach’s Lunch,” on January 24, and will also appear at a ” Twilight Tour,” Concert that evening at 6:00 p.m. at Star City Studios.

Her performances are set for Friday, January 25 at 7:30 p.m. at UTEP’s Fox Fine Arts Recital Hall, Saturday, January 26 at 7:30 p.m. at the NMSU Atkinson Recital Hall in Las Cruces and at 2:00 p.m. at UTEP’s Fox Fine Arts Recital Hall.

El Paso Pro-Musica “steps out of the box,” for the final week of the EPPM Chamber Music Festival with the Cello Rock Group “Break of Reality.”

The quartet, including renowned percussionist Ivan Trevino, will perform new exciting Rock music, and the Cello Cover Theme of “Game of Thrones.”

They will announce all of their program from the stage, and provide a whole different musical perspective.

Their performances begin at the El Paso Museum of Art with Bach’s Lunch on Thursday, January 31 at Noon, and perform in Concert on Friday, February 1 at 7:30 p.m. at the Rio Grande Theater in Las Cruces and Saturday, February 2 at 7:30 p.m. at UTEP’s Fox Fine Arts Recital Hall.

A New addition to Sunday Matinee Concerts, will be the all new “Overtures,” series featuring talented students from the UTEP Department of Music and the UTEP Center for Arts Entrepreneurship.

The Pre-Concert performances will begin 30 minutes prior to the Concerts, and an amazing opportunity to showcase area musical talent. All of the artists appearing during the Festival, including Zuill Bailey, will conduct Master Classes and Educational and Community Outreach throughout the month of January.

Tickets are available at www.eppm.org and at 915-747-8163. Tickets are also available at the door.

Bach’s Lunch is Free at Noon each Thursday in January at the El Paso Museum of Art.

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