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.
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.”
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.
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 Artistic Director and Grammy Award Winning Cellist Zuill Bailey’s all new “Haydn Cello Concertos,” CD debuted at #1 on the Billboard Traditional Classical Music Charts.
The CD, was recorded at the Wimbledon Music Festival in London with the Philharmonia Orchestra. The CD was released worldwide last Friday, and is already topping the Charts.
Currently, Zuill Bailey is celebrating the First Anniversary of UTEP’s Center for Arts Entrepreneurship next week with Concerts, Special Events and Community Engagement.
The CD will be made available at a special Pop-Up Concert on Tuesday, March 27 at 6:00 p.m. at Café Central, celebrating the restaurant’s 100th birthday with proceeds of the day to be dedicated to El Paso Pro-Musica Educational Programs.
For more information, visit Pro-Musica’s website. The CD is available on i-Tunes and Amazon.
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.
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.
The University of Texas at El Paso and El Paso Pro-Musica will celebrate the start of the Center for Arts Entrepreneurship (CAE) with the center’s first concert.
The concert will feature Grammy-winning cellist Zuill Bailey; violinist Ben Breen; pianist Awadagin Pratt; and violist Martin Sher at 7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 12, in the Fox Fine Arts Recital Hall.
Opening in fall 2017, the CAE was created by UTEP and El Paso Pro-Musica (EPPM) to provide curriculum, development and insight for students looking at careers in music and fine arts in the 21st century.
The center will be housed in the Department of Music in UTEP’s College of Liberal Arts. Bailey, senior lecturer of cello at UTEP and artistic director of El Paso Pro-Musica, is the center’s artistic director.
“The opening concert for the Center for Arts Entrepreneurship is a truly exciting event that marks the beginning of the UTEP Department of Music’s goal to prepare students for successful careers in the arts in the 21st century,” said Steve Wilson, DMA, Department of Music chair. ”Classical music is thriving but is definitely evolving into exciting new frontiers where the artist has to engage the audience and the community. No one does this better than Zuill Bailey!”
The concert is part of El Paso Pro-Musica’s “Summer Fest ’17,” an exciting new concert series intended to engage the community in chamber music and build public support for the CAE.
Summer Fest will begin Aug. 8 with pop-up concerts throughout the community and will culminate with the concert on Aug. 12 featuring the music of Brahms. Tickets for the Aug. 12 concert are $5.
“The UTEP Center for Arts Entrepreneurship, under the leadership of EPPM Artistic Director Zuill Bailey, will serve as an essential tool for growth for UTEP students as it will develop their skills for success in their careers in the arts in the 21st century,” said EPPM Executive Director Felipa Solis. “The center hopes to collaborate with other departments and incorporate arts in curriculua throughout campus. Ultimately this center will serve as an important recruitment tool to continue to encourage ‘the best of the best’ to attend UTEP.”
Bailey will perform with El Paso favorite Awadagin Pratt, who last year conducted a special master class for UTEP piano students. Pratt is a professor of piano and artist-in-residence at the College-Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati.
They will be joined by Ben Breen and Martin Sher. Breen is recognized as one of Australia’s outstanding violinists and is a frequent performer in chamber settings with Bailey. Sher is a renowned violist and general manager of the North Carolina Symphony.
The CAE will engage students in projects and workshops geared toward resume enhancement, creating digital portfolios, audience development, and creating performance opportunities.
In 2017-18, the center plans to offer a series of weeklong artist-in-residence workshops with world-renowned musicians that will allow UTEP music students to have up-close, meaningful interactions with them.
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’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/
Their 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.
One night Zuill Bailey is performing in Alaska; a couple of days later he’s attending his first Grammy Award ceremony and walking away with the first two Grammys in his illustrious career.
Such is the life of Bailey, senior lecturer of cello at The University of Texas at El Paso, who won Grammys in the Best Classical Instrumental Solo category and in the Best Contemporary Classical Composition category. His Grammy-winning work was featured on “Daugherty: Tales Of Hemingway; American Gothic; Once Upon A Castle.” The album also won a Grammy in the Best Classical Compendium category.
The Grammy nominations were the first in Bailey’s career. During his acceptance speech for Best Classical Instrumental Solo, Bailey dedicated the win to his mother and the healing power of music.
“Tales of Hemingway” was written specifically for Bailey by acclaimed composer Michael Daugherty and was recorded live at its debut performance with the Nashville Symphony in 2015.
Hear Bailey’s performances from “Tales of Hemingway” and other selections here.
“The Nashville symphony wanted to commission a new piece of work and they had had a wonderful collaboration with Daugherty in the past,” Bailey said. “They gave him carte blanche … and he said he always wanted to write a cello concerto.”
Daugherty said in a YouTube video by the record company Naxos, which released “Tales of Hemingway,” that he knew he always wanted to write a piece about Hemingway but needed to find a connection between the musical world and the literary giant.
“When I discovered that (Ernest) Hemingway actually played the cello as a youth, I thought ‘Uh-huh, there’s the connection.’ Cello-Hemingway. So to prepare to compose this piece I retraced the steps of Hemingway,” Daugherty said in the YouTube video.
Daugherty heard the very unique sound of Bailey’s cello, which was made in 1693, and thought it sounded very masculine.
“It will become the voice,” Daugherty told Bailey of his cello, Bailey recalled.
Eight months later – and two months before its debut performance – Daugherty sent Bailey the piece to start getting ready.
“There was an excitement to it because it was a new piece by Michael Daugherty and it was using pop culture,” Bailey said. “Everything about it was brand new. Also, nobody knew how the symphony was going to respond.”
Changes were continuously made to the piece – even seconds before its debut.
Bailey’s musical abilities have taken him across the country and the globe, where he has served as an ambassador for UTEP and El Paso.
“Zuill Bailey is invested in this community, from the classroom to the concert hall, from UTEP to the Franklin Mountains,” said Felipa Solis, executive director at El Paso Pro-Musica where Bailey is artistic director. “He has been here 16 years, and has established roots, and has worked to make classical music accessible to all. He works to share his wealth of knowledge of music and his artistic prowess to all, especially students: our future. His nomination takes El Paso and UTEP to another level, in that he is sharing El Paso and UTEP with the world. This is truly monumental.”
Steve Wilson, DMA, chair of UTEP’s Music Department, said the department is excited about Bailey’s latest accomplishment.
“The Grammys represent the pinnacle of success for recording artists,” Wilson said. “Having a second Grammy winner on faculty (Lowell E. Graham, DMA, was the music director for a Grammy Award-winning CD) affords our students the opportunity to interact with musicians of the highest caliber with real-world experience. Through Zuill Bailey’s success, students can learn what it takes to be a modern, 21st century classical musician. The skills Mr. Bailey demonstrates on a regular basis include the ability to interact with a variety of audiences in a meaningful way, the ability to perform in a variety of venues, from the nation’s leading concert halls to El Paso area coffee shops, and the ability to collaborate with people and organizations for a common goal of excellence in music.”
Equally important to Bailey as winning two Grammys is being named a 2016 Musical Innovator by Musical America. He found out about that honor the same day the Grammy nominations were announced.
“He performs for thousands of students in schools every year,” the Musical America story on him states. “Acknowledging the effects of music on newborn babies, he has played in local neonatal intensive care units. Whether in school districts, low-income neighborhoods, or in prisons, Bailey is committed to bringing people together through music.”
Author: Leonard Martinez -UTEP Communications
SunRidge at Desert Springs will be hosting renowned cellist Zuill Bailey, for a live and indoor performance.
“It will be a wonderful concert for our residents and their families, enthused Tony Trevizo, Executive Director of SunRidge Desert Springs, adding that “our neighbors and fellow music lovers in the El Paso community are cordially invited to attend and stay after the concert for casual conversation and refreshments.”
The concert will be Wednesday, January 18th from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm, in the community room at SunRidge at Desert Springs, located at 5901 Bandolero Drive.
SunRidge at Desert Springs is the only freestanding memory care community in El Paso; and SunRidge Senior Living is the largest senior living provider in West Texas and western New Mexico. The communities are professionally managed by Twelve Oaks Senior Living of Dallas.
SunRidge Senior Living is an active supporter of community sponsored events in the various neighborhoods served by the group. Communities accept residents who are participating in various State of Texas sponsored programs and all branches of the armed services.
For more information, please contact (915) 503-8431 or visit their website.
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
Saturday, November 12
UTEP Union Cinema- Union Building East- 1ST floor