LACA introduces a musical stimulus

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By Special to the Monitor

For the 2009-2010 concert season, the Los Alamos Concert Association presents a Musical Stimulus package, consisting of a season of acclaimed artists, and including reduced prices on pairs of tickets and an extended early-purchase deadline.  

The Musical Stimulus package is designed to encourage everyone who loves music to come, relax and enjoy the concerts.

The 2009-2010 season opens on Sept. 26, with a performance by TAGI, the clarinet, violin, cello and piano quartet.  

TAGI burst onto the chamber music scene with a debut performance at the Lukas Foss’ Hamptons Summer Music Festival.

TAGI has performed to acclaim at venues around the world, including Carnegie Hall and Avery Fisher Hall, Philadelphia’s Kimmel Center, the Kravis Center in Florida, the Miyazaki Festival, the Suntory and Casals Halls in Japan, LG Arts Center in South Korea, the National Hall in Taiwan, and on stages of leading festivals such as Lincoln Center’s Mostly Mozart, the Great Composers Festival in Canada, the Singapore Sun Festival, Marlboro, Ravinia, Tanglewood and Caramoor.

The artists are all laureates of prestigious international awards, such as the Avery Fisher Career Award, and individual winners of the Tchaikovsky, Rostropovich, Carl Nielsen, and the Geneva and Bellini International Competitions.  

They learned their craft at the Juilliard School, the Curtis Institute, Yale College, the Manhattan School of Music and the Moscow State Conservatory.

The season continues with the Stradivari Quartett on Oct. 16.

The four artists are united by their love of music and driven by their enthusiasm for using their musical talent to tell stories.

Anecdotes about the composers, the works, the instruments and the players are brought into one connected whole.  The backgrounds of the various characters are illuminated in music and language.  

The Quartett is made up of four artists performing on a unique set of Stradivarius instruments provided by the Stradivari Foundation Habisreutinger.

Trio Solisti, hailed as “the most exciting piano trio in America” by The New Yorker Magazine, performs on Jan. 9.  The Trio’s cutting edge verve and mastery across a wide spectrum of styles has garnered superlatives not often encountered in the piano trio genre.

 The members of Trio Solisti collaborate with many of today’s leading composers, and their versatility also extends to new music.

The trio has made critically acclaimed debuts in New York City on Lincoln Center’s Great Performers Series and at Town Hall’s Peoples’ Symphony Concerts, at The Kennedy Center, Wolf Trap and at the Tuscan Sun Festival in Cortona, Italy.  

Trio Solisti is the founding ensemble of Telluride MusicFest, which celebrates its seventh season in 2009.  Trio Solisti has appeared on “St. Paul Sunday” and on NPR’s “Performance Today” in numerous live performances from around the U.S.

March 7, brings Ensemble Caprice to town.  Ensemble Caprice is renowned for its innovative interpretations of early and baroque music.  

Originally formed in Germany in 1989 and now based in Montreal, the ensemble performs concerts throughout Europe and around the world.

 In 2005, Ensemble Caprice made its U.S. debut in the Boston Early Music Festival concert series and has subsequently appeared in many parts of the United States, with additional tours of Israel and Taiwan.

Closer to home in Canada, the ensemble has its own concert series at Redpath Hall in Montreal and, during 2008, gave performances at the Ottawa Chamber Music Festival, the Elora Festival, and the Domaine Forget’s International Festival.  

Ensemble Caprice’s most recent CD won Canada’s prestigious 2009 JUNO award in the category of Classical Album of the Year: Vocal or Choral Performance.  

The ensemble has also been nominated for the Conseil québécois de la musique’s Prix Opus award in three different categories, including best early music concert and CD.  Join the artists for dinner following the concert.

The final concert of the season presents American pianist Simone Dinnerstein on April 25.  Simone Dinnerstein has fast been gaining international attention since her New York recital debut at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall in 2005, performing Bac’s Goldberg Variations.

Recent and upcoming performances include Dinnerstein’s recital debuts at The Kennedy Center and the Vienna Konzerthaus, the Lincoln Center Mostly Mozart Festival, the Aspen and Ravinia festivals, in Cologne, Paris, London, Copenhagen, Vilnius, Bremen, Rome, Lisbon and at the Stuttgart Bach Festival.  

She will also debut with the Dresden Philharmonic, Czech Philharmonic, New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, the Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Baltimore Symphony, the Atlanta Symphony, and the Minnesota Orchestra.  

Last year she performed on Lincoln Center’s Great Performers series, and this year she performed her third sold-out recital at The Metropolitan Museum of Art.  In July 2009, she will make her debut with the New York Philharmonic at Lincoln Center’s Avery Fisher Hall.

The subscription package, consisting of five interchangeable tickets, costs $120 for adults and $105 for seniors, if purchased before July 15, and $135 for adults and $120 for seniors, if purchased thereafter.  

Individual tickets are $35 for adults, $30 for seniors, with a second ticket costing $20 if bought before July 15, and $25 if purchased after.

Youths 5-18 years old may attend for free, but need a ticket.  

Subscriptions, individual tickets and dinner tickets priced at $50 for adults and $30 for youths, with $15 being tax deductible, may be purchased by completing an order form and mailing it to the Los Alamos Concert Association, P.O. Box 572, Los Alamos, NM, 87544.  

Download order forms at www.losalamosconcert.org/TicketInfo.htm, or pickup  the “Musical Recovery” brochure available at Otowi Station Bookstore, CB Fox, Mesa Public Library, the bulletin board at LANB and at Fuller Lodge or mailed by calling 662-9000 and leaving a name and address.

All concerts will be in Duane Smith Auditorium.  Children must be at least 5 years old to attend concerts and those younger than age 12 must be accompanied by an adult.  Information is available at 662-9000.