The 2018 El Paso Pro-Musica Chamber Music Festival will feature world-renowned Grammy Award-Winning artists, amazing concerts, special events and community collaborations starting January 4th.
Two-time Grammy-nominated Lincoln Trio kick off the festival on Thursday with “Bach’s Lunch,” at Noon at the El Paso Museum of Art.
The 12th annual free noontime concerts will be held each Thursday throughout the Chamber Festival Month of January.
The Trio, including Violinist Desiree Ruhstrat, Cellist David Cunliffe and Pianist Marta Aznavoorian, have been described as “One of the Hottest Trios in the Business,” by Fanfare Magazine. They will be performing works by contemporary composers, Irish Folk Tunes, exciting works by Argentinian Composer Astor Piazzola and including classical treasures by Beethoven and Brahms. The Trio will also be performing in Las Cruces.
The first week of the Festival will also include a Special “Meet the Artists,” Free Event on Thursday, January 4 at 5:30 p.m. at the El Paso Museum of Art. The event is an opportunity for the community to interact with the Artists, a musical interlude with Zuill Bailey, and an amazing way to collaborate with the El Paso Museum of Art.
Zuill Bailey will also appear in a Special “Pop Up” Performance on Friday, January at 9:00 a.m. at Hillside Coffee and Donut Shop.
Week Two features the return of Grammy Award Winning Guitarist Jason Vieaux and Harpist Yolanda Kondonassis. They will perform works by Bach as well as cutting edge contemporary composers. The two unique String Instruments come together in a very exciting concert setting. Jason and Yolanda will also engage with students in schools throughout the community and in Master Classes at UTEP as part of the Center for Arts Entrepreneurship.
Week Three of the El Paso Pro-Musica Chamber Festival celebrates the 12th annual collaboration with the El Paso Symphony Orchestra. This year, a collaborative performance with members of the EPSO will include Guest Artist Thom Moore, a renowned Oboist and a multiple Grammy Award winning recording engineer.
Pianist Elizabeth De Mio also returns that week to perform with Thom and Zuill Bailey. She will also be featured along with Zuill in a special Concert in Las Cruces, on Thursday, January 18.
Thom, Elizabeth and Zuill will also engage students throughout the region and in a special Entrepreneurship Master Class with UTEP’s Department of Music.
The final week of the Festival will include a Special Performance by the Chiara String Quartet, a group of musicians who are dedicated to “Music By Heart,” as they make it their practice to memorize all of their works performed. Violinists Rebecca Fisher, Hyeyung Julie Yoon, Violist Jonah Sirota and Cellist Gregory Beaver will be joined by Grammy Award winning Artistic Director and Grammy Award Winning Cellist Zuill Bailey.
Special Pop Up Performances and Educational and Community Engagement will take place throughout the month of January, including presentations with EPSO’s “Tocando” program, the Hospitals of Providence and special appearances throughout the region in classrooms, libraries and Senior Centers.