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Pop-Up Performances by Grammy Award Winner Zuill Bailey Set for Next Week

Grammy Award winning Cellist and Artistic Director of El Paso Pro-Musica (EPPM) Zuill Bailey, will engage the community through Pop-Up performances next week at surprise locations.

According to EPPM Officials, Bailey’s mission is to “perform music in very intimate, comfortable settings and   provide impromptu performances at locations where one would not normally hear a Concert.”

Bailey will also be performing on a very special, custom-made Cello.

“He will perform on his special Carbon Fiber Cello that is made out of the materials that created the “Batmobile,” and can withstand all of the elements,” EPPM officials said.

The Carbon Fiber Cello was purchased thanks to generous donors during last year’s El Paso Giving Day.

On Tuesday, July 31, he will appear at Noon at the Centre/Mills Building Lobby. Zuill will then participate in the “Kern Place Bach Crawl,” and visit a number of businesses in the area.

4:00 p.m.- Westend Hair Company and Day Spa- 2626 North Stanton- Music and Libations

5:00 p.m.- Geogeske G2- 2701 North Stanton

6:00 p.m.- Ardovino’s Pizza- 206 Cincinnati

On Wednesday, August 1, Zuill Bailey will inaugurate the new “Terrace,” at Café Central at 6:00 p.m.  “I look forward to sharing my love of Bach with the community on a very different level, where the audience can really be “up-close,” and in a setting that is comfortable for them,” Bailey said.

For more information on El Paso Pro-Musica and their events, go to www.eppm.org or call 915-747-8163.

Wynton Marsalis to Perform in El Paso this October

This Fall, El Paso Pro-Musica and Zuill Bailey will be hosting nine-time Grammy Award-Winning Musical Artist Wynton Marsalis for an intimate concert.

Marsalis and Jazz at Lincoln Center will perform on Saturday, October 6 at 7:30 at the First Baptist Church of El Paso, located at 805 Montana Avenue.

Artistic Director, and Grammy Award Winner Zuill Bailey says he is proud to bring Mr. Marsalis to El Paso for a Special Intimate Concert Setting.

“Mr. Marsalis devotes much of his time and energy to educating students, creating a love of music for future generations,” Bailey said. ” I am privileged to help honor his dream of providing musical knowledge, skills and appreciation for our youth.”

This Special Concert will feature the music of the incomparable Duke Ellington. Marsalis and the JLCO will come to El Paso on a tour through the Southwest, including the Mesa Arts Center, Tucson and Lubbock.

Marsalis is the first and only Musical Artist to receive Grammy’s for work in both Classical and Jazz categories.

For Tickets and more information, go online on starting Tuesday, May 15 or call 915-747-8163.

Tickets range in price from $10.00 to $200.00 for the VIP Experience.

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

El Paso Pro-Musica to Celebrate UTEP’s Center for Arts Entrepreneurship

El Paso Pro-Musica, in its 40th year, is also celebrating the 1st Anniversary  collaboration and creation of UTEP’s Center for Arts Entrepreneurship, designed to prepare music and other creative arts students  for successful careers in the 21st century.

To honor the year filled with Master Classes, Community Engagement, Educational Outreach and unforgettable Concerts at UTEP’s Fox Fine Arts Recital Hall, Artistic Director Zuill Bailey has created another week of unforgettable music.

Concerts and an in-depth residency with UTEP Department of Music Strings Students and the UTEP Orchestra, will feature Bailey, last year’s Grammy Award Winner for “Tales of Hemingway,” Concert Master of the New York City Ballet, violinist Kurt Nikkanen and violist and Scott Rawls, the Chair of Instrumental Music and Associate Professor of Viola at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.

The “Ultimate Trio,” will participate in a residency at UTEP’s Department of Music, visit schools in the region, the Neo-Natal Intensive Care Unit and the Oncology Infusion Center of the Hospitals of Providence and appear in a variety of Pop-Up, impromptu Concerts.

The first is a CD signing and Special Day at Cafe Central, on Tuesday, March 27, where a percentage of the proceeds will be dedicated to El Paso Pro-Musica Community Engagement programs. The Trio will perform and Zuill Bailey will sign his newly released CD, “Haydn Cello Concertos.” Proceeds will be dedicated all day, and the Trio appearance will begin at 6:00 p.m.

Another Impromptu performance will take place on Thursday, March 29 at 9:00 a.m. at H&H Car Wash, which was just named one of the Top Essential Restaurants in America in “Eater” Magazine.

“Not only can you get a Car Wash, a shoe shine, a great Breakfast, and Miner Fever from Maynard Haddad, but also a little classical music thrown in to start your day,” Bailey said.

The first performance  is set for Wednesday, March 28, a “Twilight Tour,” Concert at the Double Eagle in Old Mesilla at 6:00 p.m. . The Ultimate Trio performs in Concert on Thursday, March 29 at 7:30 p.m. at UTEP’s Fox Fine Arts Recital Hall. The Concert includes a String Trio by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart that was the only String Trio written by the genius composer. The passionate music of Erno Dohnanyi completes the performance.

For tickets go to www.eppm.org or call 915-747-8163. Tickets are also available at the door and Student Tickets are $5.00.

EPPM’s Young Artist Development Series Returns with Residency, Concerts

El Paso Pro-Musica is once again collaborating with Johns Hopkins University and the Peabody School of Music to present the Young Artist Development Series.

This year, Peabody Music Conservatory Graduate Student Nathan Cornelius Presents, “A World of Guitar.” Nathan will be participating in a special Residency in El Paso and the region from November 28 through December 2.

Cornelius will be participating in Music Education Outreach and Community Engagement, under the guidance of Artistic Director Zuill Bailey, and visit schools throughout the region, appear in Pop-Up Performances around the community,  including at Hillside Coffee  and Donut Shop on Friday, December 1 at 8:30 a.m. and on Saturday, December 2 at 9:00 a.m. at Starbucks Coffee Shop at Kerbey and Mesa.

He will be part of  a special EPISD Field Trip initiative with the El Paso Museum of Art, in Master Classes for students of UTEP’s Department of Music, appear for students of the La Fe Preparatory School at La Fe’s Cultural and Technology Center, the Ysleta Independent School District, the El Paso Symphony Orchestra, “Tocando,” program   and in Concert in El Paso and Las Cruces.

“Alongside UTEP’s Center for Arts Entrepreneurship, this is an ideal scenario for young talent seeking careers in music in the 21st century. The Young Artist Development series allows these tremendous students to engage young students in a world of music and at the same time, learning the tools of success of Musical performance,” said Zuill Bailey.

“It is such a wonderful opportunity to showcase great talent from Peabody, my alma mater, with my home here in El Paso.”

Zuill Bailey travels to the Peabody Conservatory each year,  for a special audition to select young musicians for the Young Artist Development Series. Nathan Cornelius is the fourth student to participate in the program that kicks off in El Paso each year. Previous ” YADS,” winners, include violinist and pianist Nikita and Margarita Borisevich, Marquee Brass and Trio Jinx, all who have gone on to amazing careers with El Paso as the ” first stop,” in their success.

Nathan will appear in a Special “Twilight Tour,” Concert at the Double Eagle in Old Mesilla at 6:00 p.m.  on Thursday, November 30. He will appear in Concert  at UTEP’s Fox Fine Arts Recital Hall at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, December 1.

Tickets are available online and by calling the El Paso Pro-Musica Office at 915-747-8163. Tickets are also available at the door and Student Tickets are only $5.00.

Interactive Concert with Zuill Bailey Leads Off EPPM’s 40th Anniversary Season

El Paso Pro-Musica’s 40th Anniversary Season kicks off with Artistic Director and Multiple Grammy Award Winner Zuill Bailey and Pianist Elizabeth De Mio in a one of a kind interactive Concert.

The program, “The Five B’s” features the works of Beethoven, Boccherini, Bruch, Bloch and Bailey, providing insight and guiding audience members on an exceptional musical journey  highlighting the amazing works to be performed.

Included are Hebraic Masterpieces including the “Kol Nidrei,” arranged by Max Bruch and the Schelomo: Hebraic Rhapsody by Ernest Bloch.

While in El Paso, Elizabeth De Mio will conduct Master Classes with students of the Department of Music as part of UTEP’s Center for Arts Entrepreneurship. Elizabeth and Zuill will also engage in the community with Educational Outreach including a stop at Deanna Davenport Elementary in Canutillo.

Elizabeth De Mio is part of the faculty at the Collaborative Piano Department of the renowned Cleveland Institute of Music.

The Concerts in El Paso and Las Cruces kick off the season, and marks 16 years that Zuill Bailey has been at the helm as Artistic Director of El Paso Pro-Musica.

Zuill Bailey and Elizabeth De Mio in Concert

Sunday, November 5

UTEP’s Fox Fine Arts Recital Hall  |  2:00 p.m.

Monday, November 6

Rio Grande Theater- Las Cruces  |  7:30 p.m.

For tickets go to www.eppm.org or call 915-833-9400. Ticket are also available at the door. All student tickets are only $5.00.

El Paso Pro-Musica Presents World Renowned British Cellist Steven Isserlis

 Steven Isserlis, considered one of the World’s Greatest Cellists, comes to El Paso for the first time Monday, April 24th.

Isserlis is known for his showmanship, his fiery dexterity and has been described as a “swashbuckler,” by the New York Times. Isserlis also just released a CD with the incomparable Joshua Bell.

Connie ShihConnie Shih, the British Cellist will be performing alongside Connie Shih, the amazing Canadian pianist. He will perform classics by Debussy, Faure and Chopin but also new exciting music by Thomas Ades.

He is one of two living cellists featured in Gramophone’s Hall of Fame.

The One Night Only Concert is set for April 24, ( which happens to be Zuill’s Birthday) This is also a concert that will be part of “From the Classroom to the Concert Hall,” program.

Here, students are sponsored from throughout the community to have a full Concert Experience with the greatest artists in the world.

For Tickets call 915-8233-9400 or go to www.eppm.org; tickets will also be available at the door.

Monday, April 24
First Baptist Church
805 Montana Ave.
7:30 p.m.

UTEP Announces New Center for Arts Entrepreneurship

The University of Texas at El Paso and El Paso Pro-Musica are teaming up to create the Center for Arts Entrepreneurship (CAE) that will become operational in fall 2017 on the UTEP campus.

The center will engage students in a variety of projects and workshops geared around resume enhancement, creating digital portfolios, audience development, and creating performance opportunities, said Steve Wilson, DMA, Department of Music chair.

In its first year, the center will offer a series of weeklong artist-in-residence workshops featuring world-renowned musicians from a variety of backgrounds. The residencies will allow UTEP music students to have up-close, meaningful interactions with these artists.

Additionally, the center will host workshops on working with the media in cooperation with the Department of Communication, resume development and job interviewing with local arts leaders, and will sponsor creative activity innovation grants to incorporate concepts from the center into capstone projects.

The center will officially be housed in the Department of Music in UTEP’s College of Liberal Arts.

“Through hands-on, intensive interactions with nationally renowned artists, the CAE will help students develop communication skills, both written and verbal, improve audience engagement, provide real-life performing opportunities at a variety of on-campus and community engagement events, and help students in the arts understand the workings behind the scenes required to make arts events happen,” Wilson said.

Zuill Bailey, senior lecturer of cello at UTEP and artistic director of El Paso Pro-Musica, will be the center’s artistic director.

“Basically we’re teaching artists, musicians, creative types to think outside the box and to (help artists) affect communities through their craft in ways they didn’t know possible,” Bailey said.

Currently he works on a program for high school students that works much like the center will, but on a collegiate level.

The Young Artist Development Series, like the Center for Arts Entrepreneurship, is forging a partnership designed to enhance the study of music through performance and first-hand experience in the business of classical music. The collaboration with El Paso Pro-Musica and the Peabody Institute of Johns Hopkins University is under Bailey’s artistic leadership. This program works to develop undergraduate, graduate and doctoral students looking at careers in music in the 21st century.

Patricia Witherspoon, Ph.D., dean of the College of Liberal Arts, said Bailey is an outstanding choice for the founding director of this innovative organization.

“His international reputation as a musician, his vast networks of leaders in the arts, and his creative ideas for the purpose of the center are just a few of the many reasons he is poised to make this a world-class initiative,” Witherspoon said.

El Paso Pro-Musica (EPPM), founded in 1977, is devoted to making chamber music available to the community by bringing world-renowned artists to El Paso to perform and educate audiences. El Paso Pro-Musica’s relationship with UTEP has grown even stronger since Bailey became a faculty member in 2004.

“For the last couple of seasons, EPPM has ensured that the visiting artists conduct master classes for the Department of Music students,” said Felipa Solis, El Paso Pro-Musica executive director. “All of the amazing musicians who perform in the region are also educators. For instance, members of the renowned Juilliard String Quartet are accomplished professors. El Paso Pro-Musica will work hand-in-hand with the Department of Music and all of the arts on campus to develop a curriculum to ensure the highest caliber training and guidance for careers in the 21st century.”

The center will work with local arts groups to help train students in the arts to be prepared to enter the 21st century arts environment with a solid background in marketing, audience development, media relations, grant writing, fundraising, and the ability to perform a wide range of music in a wide range of styles in a variety of settings.

Ultimately the center could grow to offer a minor in arts entrepreneurship for students pursuing liberal arts degree programs.

Wilson announced the new center before a free public lecture by Greg Sandow, an American music critic, composer, writer, consultant and professor on April 4, 2017. Sandow spoke about “The Future of Classical Music: How We Should Change” as part of UTEP’s Centennial Lecture Series.

Sandow is a leading voice on the future of classical music and how musicians need to change to continue the classical music tradition with modern audiences.

El Paso Pro-Musica Presents “Trio Jinx”

El Paso Pro-Musica’s  Young Artist Development Series Residency, in conjunction with Johns Hopkins University and the Peabody School of Music, presents “Trio Jinx. “

“Trio Jinx ” will perform during a very special week of musical events around the city, culminating in a special Family Concert on Saturday, April 8, at 5:00 p.m.

“Trio Jinx,” is made up of Graduate students from the Peabody School of Music, Louna Dekker Vargas, flute, Ledah Fink, violin/viola and Yoshiaki Horiguchi, Double Bass. Ledah is from the Blue Ridge Mountains who trained as a classical violinist in a folk-inspired world. Flutist Louna, split her childhood between a small French country village in Montfort-L’ Amaury to fast paced New York City.

Double bassist Yoshi was born in Tokyo, with a backround in Physics. Together, they are creating new sounds, energies and hope to find success in the classical, contemporary and folk worlds. They were specially selected for their innovative style by El Paso Pro-Musica Artistic Director Zuill Bailey.

The Young Artist Development Series is a project that provides a curriculum with tools for communication and the business of music. Specially selected students spend a week in the region and work with Zuill Bailey to develop their careers in music in the 21st century/

Trio Jinx 3Their residency will include appearances at Senior Centers, working with Schools throughout the City, UTEP Department of Music Master Classes and special impromptu “Pop Up” Concerts including an appearance for the Downtown Lions Club on Friday, April 6 at Noon at the El Paso Club, Hillside Coffee House on Friday, April 7 at 9:00 a.m. and the Starbucks on Mesa and Kerbey on Saturday, April 8 at 9:00 a.m.

The week will also celebrate the Grammy Win by renowned cellist Zuill Bailey. He will receive a proclamation from the City and perform at City Council on Tuesday, April 4 at 8:00 a.m. He will also be toasted at a Special Pop Up Concert and Champagne Toast at the El Paso Museum of Art at 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 6. “Trio Jinx,” will perform at the El Paso Museum of Art for the celebration.

All tickets for the special April 8, Concert, featuring “Trio Jinx,” are $5.00, call the office at 915-833-9400 or go to www.eppm.org. The specially marked $5.00 tickets can also be purchased at the door.

All concert tickets are interchangeable for El Paso Pro-Musica.

El Paso Pro-Musica Festival Continues with Grammy Award Winning Guitarist

Grammy Award winning Guitarist Jason Vieaux performs this week, during the third week of music presented by El Paso Pro-Musica’s Chamber Music Festival ’17.

His first performance will be during the Bach’s Lunch presentation this Thursday at Noon at the El Paso Museum of Art and sponsored by the United Bank of El Paso Del Norte. The concerts are Free and will feature the music of Spain in “Viva Espana,” which coincides with the annual collaboration with the El Paso Symphony Orchestra.

Vieaux performs the well known composition, “Concierto de Aranjuez,” by Joaquin Rodrigo with the El Paso Symphony Orchestra on January 20 and 21 at 7:30 p.m. at the Plaza Theater.

Jason Vieaux will also provide a Master Class to students of the UTEP Department of Music in the Guitar Section. El Paso Pro-Musica works hand in hand with UTEP to provide Master Classes featuring the artists who perform in the El Paso Pro-Musica Main Series.

The Grammy Nominated Guitarist will perform in a solo concert featuring works by amazing composers of Spain for the Chamber Music Festival on Sunday, January 22 at 2:00 p.m. at UTEP’s Fox Fine Arts Recital Hall. For tickets call 915-833-9400 or vist www.eppm.org.

El Paso Pro-Musica Presents “Marquee Brass” as Part of Young Artist Development Series

The Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University and El Paso Pro-Musica, under the artistic direction of Peabody alumnus and world renowned cellist, Zuill Bailey, are preparing to launch the second season of the Young Artist Development Series.

The program is designed to bring the study of musical performance beyond mastery of technique and musicianship and into the context of community engagement.

 “I am thrilled to once again create unique scenarios and inspiration for a new generation of performers like the Marquee Brass,” says Bailey. We are working to show all of the amazing Young Artist Development Series recipients more about a life in music and how they too can work to enrich the lives of others, engage communities and to show them how communities unite and lives are transformed through the power of music.”

The second recipients of the internship are the “Marquee Brass,” an energetic quintet of graduate and doctoral students at the Peabody Conservatory.

The ensemble was selected by a team from Peabody, Zuill Bailey and El Paso Pro-Musica Executive Director Felipa Solis based on their musicianship, artistic collaboration, communication skills and experience in connecting with diverse audiences.

The Marquee Brass will travel to El Paso  for a week of performance and community engagement experience from November 7-12

Their internship will include musical outreach, both at schools and public venues including master classes at the University of Texas at El Paso, concert appearances in El Paso and Las Cruces, New Mexico and special presentations.

They will appear on KTEP and network television affiliates in the region in performance and to discuss their participation in the YADS. The quintet will work alongside El Paso Pro-Musica Artistic Director Zuill Bailey, who will teach them the tools of making music accessible to all, and making community engagement a part of their respective careers.

 

Marquee Brass in Concert:

Thursday, November 10

Rio Grande Theater- Las Cruces

7:30 p.m.

Saturday, November 12

UTEP Union Cinema- Union Building East- 1ST floor

7:30 p.m.

El Paso Pro-Musica Season 2016-2017: “Sound Investments”

The El Paso Pro-Musica Season, “Sound Investments,” is designed to not only bring the finest musical artists in the world to the region, but to “invest” in the future with outstanding Education Programs, Collaborations and Community Engagement. This season features renowned Grammy Award Winning Artists, El Paso Favorites, and Zuill Bailey.
The Pre-Season Kick-off for the Summer is set for August 19th with a Special Concert presented by the El Paso Museum of Art  in conjunction with the “Celebrating Picasso,” and “Posting Picasso,” exhibits.  Artistic Director of El Paso Pro-Musica and World Renowned Cellist Zuill Bailey will perform the works of Manuel De Falla, Stravinsky, Piatigorsky, and Pablo Casals, all contemporaries of Pablo Picasso.
The Concert begins at 6:30 p.m. with a Champagne Toast. The Presentation is being made possible in part by the National Endowment for the Arts. Admission is Free.
This year also celebrates the second year of the Master Class Program with UTEP’s Department of Music. Artists performing at each concert will perform Master Classes for Students within the Department. Zuill Bailey is also a Professor of Cello at UTEP.
The Main Season  oficially kicks off on September 30-October 3 with the Grammy Award Winning Ying String Quartet. The Quartet is releasing their newest CD, “Re-Imagined; Schumann and Beethoven, with Zuill Bailey, and their performances in El Paso and Las Cruces will celebrate their new recording. The quartet will also make a special appearance in Carrizozo, New Mexico on October 3, for “Carrizozo Music.”
El Paso Pro-Musica will once again collaborate with Johns Hopkins University and the Peabody School of Music for the Young Artist Development Series. This year, following an audition in Baltimore, Artistic Director Zuill Bailey selected “Marquee Brass,” an outstanding group of dynamic horn players, who will work with area schools and showcase their talents in Community Engagement in a Special Residency from November 8-12. The residency will include concerts in El Paso and Las Cruces.
The El Paso Pro-Musica Chamber Music Festival is set for January 6-28, 2017 with incredible Concerts, Free Events, collaborations and the all new “Twilight Tours.”  The “Complete Beethoven Trios,” will be performed with Kurt Nikannen, violin, Scott Rawls, viola, and Zuill Bailey, cello. The Chamber Music Festival will continue it’s “Bach’s Lunch,” Free presentations each Thursday at Noon presented by the El Paso Museum of Art and Sponsored by United Bank of El Paso Del Norte.
All of the Artists will present “informances,” in preparation for the weekend concerts. A special Piano Duo will also be presented featuring legendary pianist Jerome Rosenthal and his renowned student Michael Brown, for a “four hand piano,” event.
El Paso Pro-Musica and the El Paso Symphony Orchestra  for the 11th year will present the January collaboration concert, featuring Grammy Award Winning Guitarist Jason Vieaux, performing Joaquin Rodrigo’s immortal “Concierto De Aranjuez,” with the El Paso Symphony Orchestra, Bohuslav Rattay, conductor. The award winning guitarist will also showcase his solo tecnhnique in concerts in El Paso and Las Cruces.  The Festival will conclude with Concerts featuring Newly Commissioned Compositions for El Paso Pro-Musica featuring Zuill Bailey.
The Main Season continues with Concerts on February 18 and 19 in Las Cruces and El Paso featuring Navah Perlman, pianist, in a “Musical Memoir,” reflecting her journey as the daughter of famed violinist Itzhak Perlman. The interactive presentation will include poignant stories, incredible visuals and amazing music.
Paul Jacobs, the only Organist to win a Grammy will perform in El Paso, on March 18th.  The Season will end with the one of the world’s great cellists, Steven Isserlis, who is one of only two living cellists featured in the Gramophone Hall of Fame. His concert is set for April 24th. He has  recently teamed up with violinist Joshua Bell for a new CD, “For the Love of Brahms,” to be released this Fall.
For Season Ticket Packets and Information, go to www. eppm.org or call 915-833-9400.

An Evening of Tango- El Paso Pro-Musica’s “Argentine Nights”

El Paso Pro-Musica is presenting  multiple Grammy nominated violinist Philippe Quint and the Quint Quintet in “Argentine Nights, and Evening of Tango Nuevo,” on Thursday, January 28, at 7:00 p.m. at the El Adobe Recording Studio, 5301 El Paso Drive.
The EPPM 100 Special Event will feature a special presentation by the Quintet, recorded Live, and Argentine wines, food, and more. The concert includes works by Astor Piazzola and other Argentine legends of the Tango.
Tickets are $100.00 and benefit the educational program presented by El Paso Pro-Musica. Artistic Director and world renowned cellist Zuill Bailey, along with the other music artists who visit the region, perform in schools, hospitals and senior facilities throughout the year. This week, the Master Class series at UTEP’s Department of Music will continue with a special presentation by Philippe Quint to string students.
The Quint Quintet will also perform in Las Cruces on Friday, January, 29 at the regular season ticket price of $25.00 for Adults, $20.00 for Senior/Military, and $5.00 for all students. The Concert is set for 7:30 p.m. at NMSU’s Atkinson Recital Hall.
For tickets, go to www.eppm.org or call 915-833-9400.

Pro-Musica Chamber Music fest preview via Bach’s Lunch

The incomparable Cellist Pablo Casals, in his performances throughout his long career and in his quest for Peace, performed on a cello made by Matteo Gofriller in 1733. Now, Cellist for the Tempest Trio, Amit Peled, opening this week’s  2016 El Paso Pro-Musica Chamber Music Fest will perform on that cello in El Paso.
Artistic Director of El Paso Pro-Musica and world renowned cellist Zuill Bailey performs on a cello also created by Matteo Gofriller in Venice in 1693 ( Bach was only eight years old when the cello was created.)
Casals GofrillerThe cello previously was played by cellist Mischa Schneider of the Budapest String Quartet.
Casals and Schneider performed together in Jerusalem in 1961. The cellos will be reunited on Thursday at the Free Noon-Time presentation of Bach’s Lunch presented by the El Paso Museum of Art and sponsored by United Bank of El Paso Del Norte.
Each Thursday in the month of January, a special Free Concert will be presented  at 12:00 p.m.in the C2 Gallery of the El Paso Museum of Art.
bach lunch flyer

Pro-Musica partners with Johns Hopkins/Peabody Institute for fall concert series

El Paso Pro-Musica’s next series of Concerts will feature Doctoral Performance Arts Students from the Prestigious Johns Hopkins/Peabody Institute of Music.
The Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University and El Paso Pro-Musica, under the artistic direction of Zuill Bailey, have partnered to form the Young Artist Development Series, launching this fall in El Paso. The program is designed to bring the study of musical performance beyond mastery of technique and musicianship and into the context of community engagement.

“There are many aspects of classical performance that are critical to success in today’s world, but are often relegated to the sidelines of a conservatory education,” notes Peabody Institute dean Fred Bronstein. “Through innovative programs like the Young Artist Development Series, Peabody is creating a comprehensive education for 21st century classical musicians.”

The first recipients of the internship are Peabody Conservatory graduate students Nikita Borisevich, violinist, and Margarita Loukachkina, pianist. The duo was selected by a team from Peabody and Zuill Bailey based on their musicianship, artistic collaboration, communication skills, and experience in connecting with diverse audiences.

Mr. Borisevich and Ms. Loukachkina will travel to El Paso, Texas, from November 12 to 18 for a week of “real-world” performance experience. Their internship will include musical outreach performances in schools and venues throughout the region, including master classes at the University of Texas at El Paso; concert appearances in El Paso, Texas, and Las Cruces, New Mexico, as part of the El Paso Pro-Musica Series; and participation in a special event with the El Paso Museum of Art to celebrate the Guggenheim Series exhibit and accompany the painting, “The Green Violinist.” They will work alongside world renowned cellist and El Paso Pro-Musica artistic director Zuill Bailey, a graduate of the Peabody Institute who was honored last year with the Peabody Distinguished Alumni Award.

More about the Young Artist Development Series participants

Nikita Borisevich

Award-winning Russian violinist Nikita Borisevich is known for the precocious depth and sensitivity in his playing and utterly finessed technique. He swept onto the international stage at the age of twelve, and has since then performed in Russia, Czech Republic, Latvia, Austria, Germany, Spain, and the US, on renowned stages such as the Kennedy Center (Washington D.C.), the Great Hall of the Moscow Conservatory (Russia), and the Manuel de Falla Auditorium (Granada, Spain).

Nikita received his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from the renowned Moscow Conservatory, where he studied on full scholarship with Maya Glezarova and Marina Keselman, and is currently pursuing further graduate studies at the Peabody Conservatory in Baltimore with Victor Danchenko and Michael Kannen.

Margarita Loukachkina

A native of Russia, Margarita began her studies of piano at age five with Tatyana Schklovskaya and shortly after was accepted into the prestigious Gnessin School of Music for Gifted Children in Moscow, Russia. While at Gnessin, Margarita traveled to competitions and performed in various recital series across Russia and Europe.

At the age of nine she was awarded second prize at the 1998 “KONZERTEUM” International Piano Competition in Athens, Greece. At only sixteen, Margarita was accepted into the Peabody Conservatory in Baltimore, Maryland, to study with the world renowned Russian pianist Alexander Shtarkman.

Since then she received her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees and is currently pursuing a Doctoral degree there. Margarita is on faculty at Garrison Forest School and the Peabody Preparatory and holds an assistantship in music theory with Ildar Khanannov.

Concert Dates and Times:
November 14– El Paso Museum of Art in collaboration with the Guggenheim Series and Marc Chagall’s – “The Green Violinist.”- 7:00 p.m.– Free
November 15– Young Artist Development Series In Concert with Artistic Director Zuill Bailey. UTEP Fox Fine Arts Recital Hall- 7:30 p.m.
November 16– Young Artist Development Series in Concert with Artistic Director Zuill Bailey. Branigan Cultural Center- Las Cruces. -7:30 p.m.( Tickets at www.eppm.org and 915-833-9400)
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