Celebrating 30+ Years of Wild and Scenic Music




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TCMG presents Taos School of Music on Tour

Saturday, Apr. 20, 2024, 5:30 p.m.
Sunday, Apr. 21, 2024, 5:30 p.m.

Harwood Museum of Art

TCMG is delighted to present for the first time on its series Taos School of Music faculty and alumni in spring performances. TCMG has long held the honor of collaborating with TSofM, which for 60 summers has brought to Taos elite, early-career musicians and prepared them to be artistic leaders. Today, its 1,000+ alumni can be found in leading chamber music ensembles, orchestras, and teaching positions throughout the world.

TSofM faculty cellist Nina Lee of the Brentano String Quartet will bring four selected TSofM alumni to Taos to perform Haydn’s String Quartet in D major, Op. 20, No. 4 and Lee will join them for Schubert’s immortal Cello Quintet in C Major.

Click here to buy tickets for 5:30 pm on Saturday, Apr. 20, 2024 at the Harwood Museum of Art
Click here to buy tickets for 5:30 pm on Sunday, Apr. 21, 2024 at the Harwood Museum of Art

Tiffany Chang, violin | Hannah Goldstick, violin  |   Nicolas Perkins, viola
Elena Ariza, cello  |   Nina Lee, cello  

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The Overlook 

Saturday, May 18, 2024, 5:30 p.m.
Sunday, May 19, 2024, 5:30 p.m.

Harwood Museum of Art

Laura Metcalf returns to TCMG with The Overlook, an Uptown NYC string quartet amplifying the music of Black composers with a community building mission “to create a more representative and relevant musical practice.”

Formed during the pandemic and born out of the need to share music at this time and make it accessible, The Overlook presented virtual performances with the Metropolitan Museum of Art, live performances at Lincoln Center and events in nontraditional spaces (click here for a lovely clip).

Join us for the final program of our 31st Season to meet The Overlook: Monica Davis & Ravenna Lipchik, (violins), Angela Pickett, (viola) and Laura Metcalf, (cello).

Click here to buy tickets for 5:30 pm on Saturday, May 18, 2024 at the Harwood Museum of Art
Click here to buy tickets for 5:30 pm on Sunday, May 19, 2024 at the Harwood Museum of Art

The Overlook, string quartet


Sally Guenther – Janis Mintiks
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Hommage à Fauré

Saturday, Mar. 16, 2024, 5:30 p.m.
Sunday, Mar. 17, 2024, 5:30 p.m.

Harwood Museum of Art

The preeminent pianist and esteemed teacher, Robert McDonald, will join Sally Guenther (cello) and Ruxandra Marquardt (violin) in a tribute to Gabriel Fauré with his Piano Trio and Cello Sonata in D Minor. Also included will be the Sonatine for Violin and Cello by Fauré’s mentee, Arthur Honneger, as well as solo performances by Robert McDonald of Debussy Preludes.

This program presents a logical progression from Romanticism to Fauré and his link to the beginnings of the modern era. Fauré, perhaps one of the most influential French composers, studied as a youth with Camille Saint-Saëns and together they cofounded the Société Nationale de Musique (1871) to promote new French music. This program honors not only Fauré but reminds us of the admiration and gratitude due to those that dedicate their lives to teaching others and forging new paths.

Robert McDonaldpiano  |  Sally Guenther, cello  |   Ruxandra Marquardt, violin

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Laura Chang
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Winter Reverie 
Saturday, Jan. 20, 2024 5:30 p.m. & Sunday, Jan. 21, 2024, 3:00 p.m.

Harwood Museum of Art

Visual and musical arts are interwoven in this program to add vibrancy and color to the serene, snowy landscape of winter in Taos. Elizabeth Baker (violin), Laura Chang (viola), Sally Guenther (cello) and Debra Ayers (piano) bring us winter daydreams and Romantic musings in pieces by Johannes Brahms (Piano Quartet No. 3 in C minor), Ernst von Dohnányi (Serenade in C Major) and Caroline Shaw (Thousandth Orange).

“While considering my love of Brahms’ piano quartets and my memory of playing them—and more generally how our memories of beloved music evolve over time—I began thinking about the history of still-life paintings.” – Caroline Shaw, Pulitzer prize-winning composer of Thousandth Orange.

Elizabeth Bakerviolin |  Laura Chang, viola |  Sally Guenther, cello  |   Debra Ayers, piano  

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Holiday Jeux
Saturday, Dec. 9, 2023 5:30 p.m. & Sunday, Dec. 10, 2023, 3:00 p.m.

Harwood Museum of Art

The holiday celebration continues with pianist Gleb Ivanov and our beloved founder and flutist, Nancy Laupheimer, serenading us with Maurice Ravel’s little-known Sonate Posthume.

Kim Bakkum (piano) and Gleb will impart youthful wonder and imagination with Ravel’s Ma mère l’Oye (Mother Goose Suite). The holiday treats will also include Ravel’s Jeux d’eau (Gleb solo) and Antonín Dvořák’s Piano Trio No. 1 performed by Margot Schwartz (violin), Sally Guenther (cello) and Gleb.

Gleb Ivanov, piano    |   Kim Bakkumpiano  |   Margot Schwartz, violin   |   Sally Guenther, cello   |   Nancy Laupheimerflute

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The Classical Piano 

Friday, Dec. 8, 2023, 5:30 p.m.

Harwood Museum of Art

The incomparable, award-winning pianist Gleb Ivanov will enthrall us again this year in a solo performance featuring Ludwig van Beethoven’s “WaldsteinSonata, Franz Joseph Haydn’s Sonata in C Major Hob XVI:48 and Impromptus by Franz Schubert.

This is a treasured Taos Chamber Music Group holiday tradition featuring a musician called a “super-virtuoso” by the NY Times, and tickets do sell out quickly.

Gleb Ivanov, piano

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California Connections  

Saturday, Oct. 7, 2023, 5:30 p.m.
Sunday, Oct. 8, 2023, 5:30 p.m.

Harwood Museum of Art

Here in Taos, we can appreciate how impactful kinship with a place and its people can be, and this concert program evokes that idea. California connects the composers John Cage, John Adams, Reena Esmail and Lou Harrison, and two of the musicians, Elizabeth Baker (violin) and Vicki Ray (piano), in many powerful ways.

The 4 composers and Elizabeth and Vicki have roots in the Golden State and share some intriguing personal connections you will hear about in introductions to the specially selected pieces. And there will be an opportunity for the community to be a part of the experience of “preparing” the piano for John Cage’s Perilous Night (details will be provided with ticket link to be posted). We complete the circle back to our home state with a local New Mexican musician (new to TCMG), Douglas Cardwell (percussion) who will add his unique thrum to Lou Harrison’s exotic Varied Trio.

Elizabeth Bakerviolin  |   Douglas Cardwell, percussion   |   Vicki Ray, piano

Pianist Vicki Ray shows you this unique process by which materials are added to the strings inside the piano to create different timbres than those typically produced. Click here for an article about the process and its history.

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Contributor’s Concert and Reception  |  Saturday August 12, 2023 (3 pm)

Thanks very much to the musicians who donated their time for a splendid start to TCMG’s 31st Season! Our guests thoroughly enjoyed the varied musical program featuring Elizabeth Baker, Sally Guenther and Kim Bakkum; along with the charming performance by Elizabeth Hsu, a local child pianist.

This concert was such a special time to not only honor and thank our donors but to also visit with our TCMG family. Elizabeth Baker and Toby Pugh warmly welcomed us into their lovely home with wild and scenic Taos as a backdrop. The music was a perfect complement to the setting.

What a wonderful way to launch TCMG’s 31st Season! We look forward to seeing all of you throughout the year at our programs.