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Music From Angel Fire a trip ‘Around the World’

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — The 34th summer music festival Music From Angel Fire is taking its patrons on a trip through Europe and the Americas.

Which is why the festival theme is titled “Around the World.”

The festival’s opening concert, Friday, Aug. 18, at the Angel Fire Community Center, takes listeners to France.

“There are three French composers, and they couldn’t be more different in style and sound,” said festival artistic director Ida Kavafian.

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The works are Gabriel Faure’s Quartet in G minor for Piano and Strings, Francis Poulenc’s Sextour for Winds and Piano and selections from Maurice Ravel’s “Le Tombeau de Couperin.” The Imani Winds, which arranged the Ravel, will be joined by pianist Anne-Marie McDermott.

Another stop on the musical journey is the United States in the Aug. 23 concert at the community center. The program features music of George Gershwin for various instruments, Steven Franklin’s Nocturne for Brass Sextet, the premiere of Nick DiBerardino’s “Ornithopter” for Brass Sextet and the premiere of Kenji Bunch’s “Shadow Box” for two violas.

Bunch and Toby Appel will perform the piece.

Bunch is the festival’s composer in residence and DiBerardino is the festival’s Young Artist composer in residence.

There’s music from England, Austria, Germany, Italy, the Czech Republic and Russia.

The festival’s final concert, on Sept. 3 at the Angel Fire Baptist Church, spotlights music of yet another country, Spain. That program includes Joaquin Turina’s “La Oración del Torero,” Luigi Boccherini’s “Night Music of the Streets of Madrid,” Juan Crisóstomo Arriaga’s String Quartet in D minor and Isaac Albéniz’s “Asturias (Legend) from Suite Española No. 1.

Besides Angel Fire, the festival is also offering concerts in Taos, Raton and Las Vegas, N.M., free lectures and meet-the-composer/open rehearsals, family events in Taos and Eagle Nest, a dinner buffet-tango music concert on Aug. 22 at Old Martina’s Restaurant and Hall in Ranchos de Taos and a Golf Scramble and Dinner on Aug. 29 at the Angel Fire Resort Country Club.

Kavafian announced that the festival has a new executive director, Mary Kay Robinson, who’s also a flutist.

“Mary Kay is very community-minded. She’s gone to meetings of civic groups and is aware of the importance of community as part of the festival,” she said.

Robinson has reached out to Andy Haeit, who has a program on a Taos radio station.

Haeit, she said, will have teenagers and those in their 20s do video interviews with festival musicians and other behind-the-scene jobs. “I want them to document the musicians. … The videos will be used on YouTube, Facebook, Instagram and we’ll include them in our grant applications,” Robinson said.

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