Music from Angel Fire


Press Release:

Music from Angel FireMusic from Angel Fire will return to the Ilfeld Auditorium on the campus of New Mexico Highland’s University in Las Vegas, Sunday, Aug. 18, for a 3 p.m. program featuring 2019 MFAF artists and Young Artists from the Curtis Institute of Music and the Colburn School.

Artistic Director Ida Kavafian has crafted the program around influences of Clara Schumann, whose 200th birth year is celebrated during the Festival and the matinee concert, The American Clara.

“The inspiration for our 2019 season, Clara Schumann, in turn inspired a number of composers and artists,” Kavafian said. “One wonderful example is Amy Beach, sometimes referred to as The American Clara.

“Her heartfelt work for Flute and Strings will be followed by a Brass Quintet by the Russian composer Victor Ewald, inspired by folk music but written in Western style, it is a very accessible though little-known work. The program concludes with the quintet for strings by Brahms, who was hopelessly in love with and inspired by the older Clara.”

The concert is sponsored by Robert Goodfellow in memory of Don Tynan and Eleanore Vaughan, and The Ann and Gordon Getty Foundation. The Las Vegas Optic and KFUN Radio are the media sponsors.

Featured artists for Amy Beach’s Theme and Variations for Flute and Strings, Op. 80 are flutist Tara Helen O’Connor, violinists Ida Kavafian and Theodore Arm, violist Toby Appel and cellist Keith Robinson.  Victor Ewald’s Quintet No.1 in B-Flat Minor for Brass, Op. 5, will feature The Full House Brass Quintet comprised trumpeters Nozomi Imamura and Sarah Jessen, French Hornist Amit Meltzer, trombonist Robert Conquer, and tubist Cristina Dougherty Cutts. Taking into account 2018 post-concert audience comments, Kavafian has programmed Johannes Brahms’ Quintet No.1 in F Major for Strings, Op. 88 featuring violinists Ani Kavafian and Daniel Phillips, violists Steven Tenenbom and Toby Appel, and cellist Peter Wiley.

“During the Festival, as has been the case for the past 19 years, our Young Artists will be participating in the Music in Our Schools program performing in-school concerts, workshops and lessons throughout rural northern New Mexico in some of the underprivileged parts of our state,” said MFAF Executive Director Bert Harclerode.

“We expect to perform four in-school ‘Concerts for Youth’ in Las Vegas schools during the Festival. Northern New Mexico will benefit from our mission-based programs to share the experience of chamber music throughout Northern New Mexico by presenting intimate performances and educational outreach activities by exceptional young artists and world class musicians,” said Harclerode.

Tickets may be purchased in Las Vegas at Tito’s Gallery between the hours of 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tickets are $25/person. Five dollars from each ticket sold at Tito’s will be donated to the Las Vegas Arts Council.  Tickets will also be available at the door the day of the concert. Full time students are admitted free of charge.

Music from Angel Fire is funded in part by the National Endowment for the Arts ARTWORKS, and New Mexico Arts, a division of the Department of Cultural Affairs, and The Angel Fire Community Foundation.  Music from Angel Fire programs are also made possible with support from hundreds of citizens and local and regional businesses.  For more information visit or call 575.377.3233


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