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What do Mozart and MFAF have in common? 35 years of great chamber music!

Angel Fire concerts are in orange • Taos concerts are in blue • Las Vegas concerts are in green •  Raton concerts are in purple  •  Eagle Nest concerts are in gold
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Robertson & Sons

Saturday, August 4, 7 PM
Albuquerque

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Saturday, August 4th

Robertson & Sons Violin Shop, Albuqerque

Annual Benefit Event

7:00 PM | $100.00 per couple, $60 per individual

If you haven’t attended this special evening in Albuquerque in the past, reserve your tickets now.  Hear chamber music in the intimacy of the Robertson’s Recital Hall and mingle afterwards in the warm, evening air of the outdoor courtyard.   This year, Ida Kavafian, Steve Tenenbom, and Pamela Pyle will be performing “Americana” with selections from Bernstein’s West Side Story and more.  Ticket purchase includes the concert and reception with the musicians. Wine, coffee, hors d’oeuvres and dessert will be served. Generously sponsored by Robertson & Sons Violin Shop, Casa Rondena Winery, Slate Street Café Napoli Coffee and Classical 95.5 KHFM.

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AN INVITATION – COME CELEBRATE WITH US!

35th Anniversary – Gala Dinner with Silent & Live Auctions

Saturday, September 1st

Join us for a festive benefit evening to celebrate 35 years of great chamber music.  Enjoy mingling with Ida, Musicians and Young Artists at the Angel Fire Resort – Garden Court Room, immediately following the Salon Concert.   Doors open to Silent Auction and Bar | 4:30PM. Dinner buffet served | 6:30PM. Live Auction | 7:30PM.

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The Miracle of Mirabal

Taos Opening Concert
Friday, August 17, 7 PM
Taos Center for the Arts

ANDREA CLEARFIELD  Compass Kaleidoscope for Woodwind Quintet (2015)
2018 MFAF Composer-in-Residence
Triacanthos Quintet
MOZART  Trio in G Major for Piano and Strings, K. 564
Robert Mirabal, Native American flutist, with MFAF musicians (works TBA)

Opening Night in Taos will feature the incredible miracle of music and humanity, Robert Mirabal, in a set comprising of his own special programming.  The 2018 Composer-in-Residence Andrea Clearfield’s Compass Kaleidoscope will be performed by the stars of tomorrow, the MFAF Young Artist Woodwind Ensemble, the Triacanthos Quintet.  Mozart, our 2018 theme composer, will be represented by one of his great works for piano trio.

The 2018 Season Cover Artist is Ed Sandoval of Taos. Join us for a reception after this concert to meet the artist.
Learn more about his work at edsandovalgallery.com.


    

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Mozart Two by Two and the Marvelous Mirabal

Angel Fire Opening Concert
Saturday, August 18, 7 PM
Angel Fire Community Center

MOZART  Duo in G Major for Violin and Viola, K. 423
MOZART  Sonata in B-Flat Major for Bassoon and Cello, K. 292
MOZART  Sonata in B-Flat Major for Violin and Piano, K. 454
Robert Mirabal, Native American flutist, with MFAF musicians (works TBA)

Opening Night features one of the treasures of New Mexico and of the entire music world, the marvelous Robert Mirabal.  He has some wonderful surprises in store for us!  The first half of the concert consists of our 2018 theme composer, Mozart, in three sets of stellar duos for various instruments.

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Fanfares and the Sublime Viola Quintets of Mozart,
Part 1

Musical Conversations with Jonathan Coopersmith
Sunday, August 19, 2 PM
Angel Fire Baptist Church

2:30 PM Concert
JENNIFER HIGDON  Celebration Fanfare
(2003, commissioned by Music from Angel Fire)
MOZART  Quintet in B-Flat Major for Strings, K. 406
MOZART  Quintet in G Minor for Strings, K. 516

The first of our series of three special programs, Fanfares and the Sublime Viola Quintets of Mozart, will be set in the beautiful Angel Fire Baptist Church.  The series covers all six iconic viola quintets of Mozart and all open with Fanfares written for the MFAF’s 20th Anniversary Season by past Composers-in-Residence.  Multiple Grammy and Pulitzer Prize winning Jennifer Higdon’s Celebration Fanfare will set the stage with energy and excitement!

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First Hearing
Andrea Clearfield World Premiere

Wednesday, August 22, 7 PM
Angel Fire Community Center

MOZART  Quartet in G Minor for Piano and Strings, K. 478
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ANDREA CLEARFIELD  World Premiere
2018 MFAF Composer-in-Residence
Made possible by the Bruce E. Howden American Composers Project
DOHNÁNYI  Quintet in C Minor for Piano and Strings, Op. 1

Bringing a new work into the music world is a long standing and wonderful Angel Fire tradition. Composer-in-Residence Andrea Clearfield has written an evocative and atmospheric work not to be missed!  One of the favorite ensembles of MFAF, OPUS ONE, will open the program with the dramatic Mozart G Minor Piano Quartet, and the closing work is the unabashedly romantic piano quintet of Dohnányi.

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The Stars of Tomorrow

Music from Angel Fire Young Artists from the Curtis Institute
Thursday, August 23, 7 PM
Taos Center for the Arts

DEBUSSY  Syrinx for Solo Flute
IAN CLARKE  The Great Train Race for Solo Flute (1993)
ANDREA CLEARFIELD  World Premiere
2018 MFAF Composer-in-Residence
MOZART Quintet in E-flat Major for Piano and Winds, K. 452
Triacanthos Quintet

The wonderful MFAF Young Artists are featured prominently in this program, opening with two great works for solo flute – the haunting Syrinx by Debussy and the amazing virtuoso work by Ian Clarke The Great Train Race.  The extended techniques used in the Clarke very effectively evoke the sounds of old trains!  The newly written work by Andrea Clearfield that was premiered on August 22 in Angel Fire will be offered for a second hearing, and the program closes with one of the greatest works for this combination, the quintet for piano and winds by Mozart featuring members of the Triacanthos Quintet.

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Fanfares and the Sublime Viola Quintets of Mozart,
Part 2

Musical Conversations with Jonathan Coopersmith
Friday, August 24, 7 PM
United Church of Angel Fire

7:30 PM Concert
DOUGLAS LOWRY  Five Minutes at a Very High Altitude
(2003, commissioned by Music from Angel Fire)
MOZART  Quintet in C Minor for Strings, K. 406
MOZART  Quintet in E-Flat Major for Strings, K. 614

The second of our series of three special programs, Fanfares and the Sublime Viola Quintets of Mozart, will take place in one of our favorite venues, the United Church of Angel Fire.  The series covers all six iconic viola quintets of Mozart and all open with Fanfares written for the MFAF’s 20th Anniversary Season by past Composers-in-Residence. Opening the program is the very appropriately titled work by Douglas Lowry, Five Minutes at a Very High Altitude.

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Happy 100, Leonard Bernstein!

Saturday, August 25, 3 PM
Taos Center for the Arts

ANDREA CLEARFIELD  Tse Go La
Tibetan Suite for Voice, Flute, String Quartet, Percussion and Piano
2018 MFAF Composer-in-Residence
BERNSTEIN (arr. Raimundo Penaforte)  Selections from West Side Story Suite for Violin and Piano
MOZART  (arr. Carl Czerny)  Concerto No. 20 in D Minor for Piano and Chamber Ensemble, K. 466
Anne-Marie McDermott, piano

The 100th Anniversary of the birth of the great American maestro and composer Leonard Bernstein is the centerpiece of this program, represented by arrangements from perhaps his most beloved work, West Side Story.  The ever creative Composer-in-Residence Andrea Clearfield will present her work, Tse Go La, a suite inspired by Tibetan music.  Festival favorite, pianist Anne-Marie McDermott will be featured in a chamber version of a passionate and powerful Mozart Piano Concerto.

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Music for All Seasons

Sunday, August 26, 3 PM
Ilfeld Auditorium, Las Vegas

MOZART  Duo in G Major for Violin and Viola, K. 423
BARBER  Summer Music for Woodwind Quintet, Op. 31
Triacanthos Quintet
BRAHMS Sextet in B-flat Major for Strings, Op. 18

Las Vegas is in for a treat with a diverse and beautiful program of one of the wonderful Mozart Duos for Violin and Viola, Barber’s Summer Music, featuring the MFAF Young Artist Woodwind Ensemble, the Triacanthos Quintet and one of the most magnificent works of chamber music, the Brahms String Sextet in B-Flat.  This program offers something for everyone!

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A Little Night Music

Tuesday, August 28, 7 PM
Shuler Theater, Raton

BRUCE ADOLPHE  I’m inclined to new music
MOZART Serenade in G Major, K. 525, Eine kleine Nachtmusik
BEETHOVEN  Septet in E-flat Major for Strings and Winds, Op. 20

The beautiful Shuler Theater in Raton is the setting for an evening of light and fun fare consisting of Mozart’s beloved and famous Eine kleine Nachtmusik, preceded by a jazzy and fun takeoff of that very work by the American composer Bruce Adolphe, cleverly entitled I’m inclined to new music.  The program closes with one of Beethoven’s most popular and entertaining works, his Septet for Strings and Winds.

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Free Youth and Family Concert

Wednesday, August 29, 10 AM
Taos Center for the Arts

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Free Youth and Family Concert

Thursday, August 30, 10 AM
Eagle Nest Elementary School, Eagle Nest

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Fanfares and the Sublime Viola Quintets of Mozart,
Part 3

Musical Conversations with Jonathan Coopersmith
Thursday, August 30, 7 PM
United Church of Angel Fire

7:30 PM Concert
BRUCE ADOLPHE  Angel Fanfare for Two Violins and Viola
(2003, commissioned by Music from Angel Fire)
MOZART Quintet in D Major for Strings, K. 593
MOZART Quintet in C Major for Strings, K. 515

The third and last of our series of three special programs, Fanfares and the Sublime Viola Quintets of Mozart, will take place in one of the stunning United Church of Angel Fire.  The series covers all six iconic viola quintets of Mozart and all open with Fanfares written for the MFAF’s 20th Anniversary Season by past Composers-in-Residence. Beginning the program is a fun work by Bruce Adolphe, aptly named Angel Fanfare.

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Annual Salon Concert

Saturday, September 1, 2 PM
Angel Fire Community Center

Skits, Surround Sound, World Premiere and General Shenanigans
Program to be announced from the stage

Our 35th Anniversary Season closes with a favorite program of MFAF, our annual Salon Concert.  Hosted by the ever entertaining violist and Master of Ceremonies, Toby Appel, the program is filled with both serious works and fun skits by the MFAF Artists and Young Artists. Come let your hair down with us!

Tickets go on sale online June 1
Available at the office July 1

The 2018 Cover Artist is Ed Sandoval of Taos, NM. Learn more at edsandovalgallery.com

Programming and guest artists subject to change