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Composer plays saxophone piece with Taos Chamber Music Group

Saxophonist Corey Dundee will play his solo saxophone composition with the Taos Chamber Music Group.

Saxophonist Corey Dundee will play his solo saxophone composition with the Taos Chamber Music Group.

SANTA FE, N.M. — The Taos Chamber Music Group kicks off the New Year with “Jazzin’ Around” next weekend at the Harwood Museum of Art.

The program features the world premiere of “Migration Miniatures” for flute, alto saxophone and cello by the young, up-and-coming composer Corey Dundee, who also will play his composition for solo saxophone, “Star Bits.”

Other works include Maurice Ravel’s Violin Sonata No. 2, Nikolai Kapustin’s “Trio” for flute, cello and piano, and Kenji Bunch’s “Swing Shift” for violin, cello and piano. The musicians are Dundee, saxophone and composer; Nancy Laupheimer, flute; LP How, violin; Sally Guenther, cello; and Debra Ayers, piano.

“This is a very exciting collaboration for TCMG with the Nina Elizabeth Nilssen Scholarship Fund for young composers, which is underwriting the commission,” said TCMG Director Nancy Laupheimer.

“Last year Morton Nilssen asked me to help judge entries in the competition, and I asked TCMG cellist Sally Guenther to join us. Among the many talented submissions, we picked one composer to write a piece for the Taos Chamber Music Group’s 2014-15 season. “I am always looking for new, unusual chamber combinations that include flute, so I asked Corey to write a work for flute, saxophone and cello, probably the first of its kind.”

The Nina Elizabeth Nilssen Scholarship Fund was established in 2010 in the wake of the senseless murder that cut Nina’s life short at the age of 29.

The daughter of Morten and Kate Nilssen, Nina grew up in Taos and was in the graduate program in composition at San Francisco State University when she died.

The mission of the fund is to support students who are studying music, visual arts, fiber arts, film, theater, dance or creative writing.

Dundee, who is 23, is pursuing a master of music degree in composition at the University Southern California Thornton School of Music in Los Angeles, where he also serves as a teaching assistant for undergraduate music theory and aural skills classes.

He has been a finalist for the Morton Gould Young Composer Award presented by ASCAP, was awarded the Grand Prize in the 2013 Calefax Reed Quintet’s International Composition Competition and has been recognized as an Emerging Composer by the Tribeca New Music ensemble.

Before attending USC, Dundee earned two concurrent bachelor of music degrees in composition and saxophone performance at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music.

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