El Paso Pro-Musica Presents Iconic Pianist Lara Downes in Concert

El Paso Pro-Musica to host Pianist Lara Downes for a series of performances in May.

Downes was born in the United States, but spent her childhood in Europe; her Jamaican and Russian roots have helped her delve into amazing worlds of music, that are not necessarily traditional.

She is a Sony Artist, an all new Yamaha Piano advocate and performs in Concerts around the world, from her “one woman show,” to collaborations with some of the world’s most incredible artists including El Paso’s own Grammy Award Winner and El Paso Pro-Musica Artistic Director,  Zuill Bailey.

Their chart topping CD, “Some Other Time,” features the works of Great American Composers like Samuel Barber,  Aaron Copland, Leonard Bernstein and  Lukas Foss.

Lara, who is no stranger to El Paso audiences, takes the History of American Music to a whole new level with “American Icons,” her newest tribute to the greatest American Music of the 21st Century, with a special tribute to Leonard Bernstein and his 100th birthday.

The works come from one of her newest CD’s “America Again,” where she tells  musical stories of some of her fondest memories of the unforgettable music.

Lara will also be engaging with Students at the all new El Paso Pro-Musica/ El Paso Museum of Art Collaboration, “Bach’s Lunch Jr.”

When not on Concert stages, Lara is engaging in the future of young musical artists, and engaging students with Pianos and more. She was awarded the special Laureate Award from the Sphinx Foundation for her dedication to diversity in music and is the Artist in Residence of the Mondavi Center in Northern California, whereby she oversees Special Concerts and Events that engage students and allows them to experience music first hand.

Her 88 Key program helped to get pianos in schools. She is dedicated to reaching all students of all walks of life.

“Know what your music means to you. Find your voice. Learn what you alone have to give. Don’t try to be like anyone else. Be flexible in your thinking and let your path take you in unexpected directions. The future can surprise you,” Lara says.

The Concert is sponsored  by the Jewish Federation of El Paso and the Marlene and J.O. Stewart Foundation and the Hotel El Encanto in Las Cruces.

For Tickets, go to www.eppm.org or call 915-747-8163.

El Paso Pro-Musica Presents Lara Downes “American Icons”

Wednesday, May 9 – UTEP Fox Fine Arts Recital Hall  | 7:30 p.m.

Thursday, May 10 –  NMSU Atkinson Recital Hall, Las Cruces  | 7:30 p.m.

Friday, May 11 – Carrizozo Music – Trinity United Methodist Church, Carrizozo, New Mexico  |  6:00 p.m.

Saturday, May 12 – Guest Appearance – EPPM Guild Soiree