El Paso Pro-Musica releases 2017-18 season details

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Organizers with El Paso Pro-Musica released details of the 2017-18 season, which begins Nov. 5 and 6.

The 40th annual season of classical music concerts will feature performances by some of the world’s finest classical music artists, including Grammy Award-winning cellist and Pro-Musica musical director Zuill Bailey, as well as community engagement and community outreach, according to a news release.

The season begins with a pair of concerts by Bailey and pianist Elizabeth DeMio in El Paso and Las Cruces. Organizers said the concerts will feature music by "The Five B’s": Beethoven, Boccherini, Bruch, Bloch and Bailey.

In keeping with its educational mission and Bailey’s new post as the director of the University of Texas at El Paso’s Center for Arts Entrepreneurship, the season also will feature master classes on the music business, recording, performance and communication skills by Bailey and his fellow musicians.

The Young Artist Development series also will provide training for young artists. The collaborative effort with John Hopkins University’s Peabody Institute will bring classical guitarist and Nathan Cornelius to El Paso for a residency Nov. 28 through Dec. 2 to work with students throughout the community.

The season also features the annual El Paso Pro-Musica Chamber Music Festival from Jan. 4-28. The festival is set to feature the Grammy Award-nominated Lincoln Trio, the Chiara String Quartet, Grammy Award-winning guitarist Jason Vieaux, harpist Yolanda Kondonassis and pianist Yuliya Gorenman. Pro-Musica and the El Paso Symphony Orchestra also will team for a concert, featuring oboist and multiple Grammy Award-winner Thom Moore, in a tribute to Mozart. Each Thursday during the festival, the El Paso Museum of Art also will host the free noontime concert, Bach’s Lunch.

The season also will feature vocal performances by Metropolitan Opera soprano Danielle Talamantes on Feb. 20-23; a residency with the UTEP Symphony featuring Bailey, New York City Ballet concert master Kurt Nikkanen and violist Scott Rawls in March; and will close in May with the return of pianist Lara Downes, performing her one-woman show, "Sounds Like America," featuring the music of Leonard Bernstein, George Gershwin and Duke Ellington.

Full schedule

2 p.m. Nov. 5: Zuill Bailey and pianist Elizabeth DeMio, UTEP Fox Fine Arts Recital Hall

7:30 p.m. Nov. 6: Bailey and DeMio, Rio Grande Theatre, Las Cruces.

6 p.m. Nov. 30: Young Artist Development Series presents guitarist Nathan Cornelius, Twilight Tour Concert, Double Eagle restaurant, Mesilla, N.M.

7:30 p.m. Dec. 1: Young Artist Development Series presents guitarist Nathan Cornelius, UTEP Fox Fine Arts Recital Hall

5 p.m. Feb. 20: Soprano Danielle Talamantes, UTEP Fox Fine Arts Recital Hall

7:30 p.m. Feb. 21: Talamantes, New Mexico State University Atkins Recital Hall, Las Cruces

7:30 p.m. March 29: New York City Ballet concert master violinist Kurt Nikkanen, violist Scott Rawls, Bailey, NMSU Atkins Recital Hall, Las Cruces

7:30 p.m. March 30: Nikkanen, Rawls, Bailey, UTEP Fox Fine Arts Recital Hall

7:30 p.m. May 9: Pianist Lara Downs, NMSU Atkins Recital Hall, Las Cruces

7:30 p.m. May 11: Downs, UTEP Fox Fine Arts Recital Hall

El Paso Pro-Musica Chamber Music Festival

7:30 p.m. Jan. 5 and 2 p.m. Jan. 7: Lincoln Trio, UTEP Fox Fine Arts Recital Hall

7:30 p.m. Jan. 6: Lincoln Trio, NMSU Atkins Recital Hall, Las Cruces

7:30 p.m. Jan. 11: Jason Vieaux and Yolanda Kondonassis, Rio Grande Theatre, Las Cruces

7:30 p.m. Jan. 12: Guitarist Jason Vieaux and harpist Yolanda Kondonassis, UTEP Fox Fine Arts Recital Hall

7:30 p.m. Jan. 18: Pianist Yuliya Gorenman, NMSU Atkins Recital Hall, Las Cruces

2 p.m. Jan. 21: Gorenman, oboist Thom Moore and Bailey, UTEP Fox Fine Arts Recital Hall

7:30 p.m. Jan. 26 and 2 p.m. Jan. 28: Chiara String Quartet, UTEP Fox Fine Arts Recital Hall

7:30 p.m. Jan. 27: Chiara String Quartet, NMSU Atkins Recital Hall, Las Cruces

• Information, as well as season and individual concert tickets, are available by phone at 747-8163 or online at eppm.org.

Dave Acosta may be reached at 546-6138; dacosta@elpasotimes.com; @Chuy_Vuitton on Twitter.

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