TAGI kicks LACA’s newest season off to a stimulating start

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By Special to the Monitor

Saturday marks the beginning of the Los Alamos Concert Association’s Musical Stimulus season and features a performance by TAGI, the acclaimed clarinet, violin, cello and piano quartet. The performance will begin at 8 p.m. at Duane Smith Auditorium.  Come early for the pre-concert lecture and stay late to visit with the artists at the post-concert reception.

TAGI burst onto the chamber music scene with a debut performance at the Lukas Foss’ Hamptons Summer Music Festival that was glowingly praised by critics. TAGI has performed at venues around the world, including New York’s Carnegie and Avery Fisher Halls, Philadelphia’s Kimmel Center, Kravis Center in Florida, Suntory and Casals Halls in Japan, National Hall in Taiwan and on the stages of leading festivals such as Lincoln Center’s Mostly Mozart, Marlboro, Ravinia, Tanglewood, Miyazaki, the Great Composers Festival in Canada, the Singapore Sun Festival and Caramoor.

TAGI has toured throughout North and South America, Europe, Japan, South Korea, Israel and Russia and appeared on NPR, PBS, Radio France, Japanese Public Networks, Israel National Television and New York’s WQXR. Collectively and individually, members of TAGI have collaborated with world-renowned artists including Pinchas Zukerman, Midori, Yo-Yo Ma, Christof Eschenbach, Carter Brey, David Shifrin, Jaime Laredo, Andre Previn, Eugene Istomin, Cho-Liang Lin, Andras Schiff, Andre Watts and Martha Argerich.

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, 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. TAGI is unique among chamber groups in that they perform in a flexible format — duos, trios and quartets. Because they are internationally-known soloists as well, they occasionally take a star turn performing a solo on their chamber programs.

TAGI excels in the classical chamber repertoire but is also dedicated to promoting the music of contemporary composers, including works by Peter Schickele, Lera Auerbach, Meyer Kupferman, Elliot Schwartz, David Winkler and Alexander Krasotov.  The all-Shostakovich recording released in 2002 on Centaur Records garnered wide critical acclaim, having been noted by the International Record Review for its “emotional

intensity” and “overwhelming mastery.”

TAGI members – Igor Begelman, clarinet; Grigory Kalinovsky, violin; Sophie Shao, cello; and Tatiana Goncharova, piano — reside in New York City.  They hold teaching positions at the Manhattan School of Music, Bard College Conservatory of Music, Princeton University, North Carolina School of the Arts, Pinchas Zukerman Institute in Canada, Sarah Lawrence College and the Bowdoin Festival in Maine.

TAGI’s artists are passionate about bringing classical music to a wider audience, developing numerous outreach programs for the young and old and performing in less traditional settings alongside their appearances at the world’s most respected venues. Their unique instrumentation provides the opportunity to further enrich their program, inspired by the rich, varied and sometimes rare repertoire for their instrument combination.

Saturday’s performance will begin with the Brahms Clarinet trio in A minor op. 114, followed by Peter Schickele’s Quartet. After intermission the group will perform the Arensky Piano Trio No. 1 in D minor op. 32, and the concert will end with Stravinsky’s L’Histoire du Soldat.

There will be a pre-concert lecture starting at

7 p.m. in the auditorium.  After the concert there will be a reception for the artists in the chorus room, just behind the stage to the right; follow the crowd. All are welcome to come and meet the artists.

Individual concert tickets are $35 for adults,

$30 for seniors, with a second ticket costing $25. A full subscription, consisting of five interchangeable tickets, may be bought at the concert for $135 for adults and $120 for seniors.  Youth ages 5-18 may attend at no charge, but need a ticket.  Children must be at least

5 years old to attend concerts and those younger than age 12 must be accompanied by an adult.  

Tickets may be purchased at CB Fox, Otowi Station Bookstore, Smith’s in White Rock and Nicholas Potter Bookseller in Santa Fe.  For additional information telephone the Los Alamos Concert Association at 662-9000 or visit the LACA website at www.losalamosconcert.org.