Photo courtesy El Paso Pro-Musica
The first week features Zuill Bailey the Beethoven String Trios with the Concert Master of the New York City Ballet Kurt Nikkanen and violist Scott Rawls in Concerts in El Paso and Las Cruces. The Trio will perform the complete Trios during the course of the Festival.
The second week welcomes renowned pianist Michael Brown, and his teacher, Jerome Lowenthal, who is the head of the Piano Department at the Juilliard School of Music and who has performed with the finest Symphony Orchestras from around the world, including working with the renowned conductor Leopold Stokowski. They will perform works by Ravel, Beethoven, Chopin, and new compositions by Michael Brown, plus “four hand piano,” which is always very exciting to watch.
The third week marks the 11th annual collaboration with El Paso Pro-Musica and the El Paso Symphony Orchestra. This year, Grammy Award winning Guitarist Jason Vieaux performs the stunning “Concierto de Aranjuez,” by renowned Spanish Composer Joaquin Rodrigo. The performance is entitled “Viva Espana,” and he will continue with the theme at his Bach’s Lunch performance. He performs Solo Guitar in his recital with El Paso Pro-Musica on Sunday afternoon.
This particular week will also mark the return of the Classic Film Series, a Free Film presented by the International Museum of Art and the Sociedad Cultural de Espana. Honorary Consul General, Martha Vera, is also the Co-President of El Paso Pro-Musica. The film presented is “The Miracle,” a film set in Spain starring Roger Moore and Carol Baker.
The fourth week of the Festival will be a very special week of Concerts. Zuill Bailey will perform works from his multiple Grammy Nominated CD in a special tribute to long time supporter and friend, J.O. Stewart, along with pianist Elizabeth De Mio at the El Adobe Recording Studios. This concert is part of the EPPM 100 Series, the annual Fundraiser in support of the Educational Programs presented by El Paso Pro-Musica.
The Fourth Week will also include a New Composition commissioned for El Paso Pro-Musica by composer Elena Cats Chernin. The work, “The Three Dancers,” is inspired by the paining by Pablo Picasso. The piece includes Zuill Bailey at the Cello, a violin, saxophone, accordion, Double Bass, and piano. The pianist featured is renowned soloist Yuliya Gorenman.
Bach’s Lunch, sponsored by United Bank of El Paso del Norte and presented by the El Paso Museum of Art will take place each Thursday in January at Noon at the Museum. The one hour concerts are Free will feature the musical artists performing each week with an inside look at their performances and the music.
The Twilight Tours are a new approach to intimate Chamber Music Concerts. The goal behind the Twilight Tours is to present mini-concerts where Food, Wine and More are part of the setting. The Twilight Tours are scheduled for January 4 at the Double Eagle Restaurant, January 5 at Star City Studios and January 25 at the Coronado Country Club sponsored by SunRidge Senior Living.
The Artists who appear during the Festival will be performing in Schools, Hospitals and Senior Centers throughout the region, and will conduct Master Classes with students of the Department of Music at UTEP.
A Pre-Concert talk with Zuill Bailey takes place 30 minutes prior to all concerts.