Taos is art, and that includes music and performance. Taos is also about tradition. Put all of that together and you get holiday- and inspirationally themed events unlike any other.
The Taos Center for the Arts announces the U.S. premiere production of “17 – when emptiness turns inside out” by Canadian artist Morag Northey, for a single performance at the Taos Community Auditorium Nov. 30, 7 p.m. “17” is a 50-minute theatrical, multi-genre fusion of cello, story and song. At its heart, it is Morag’s life journey taking the audience on one whale of a ride through her profound experiences as an artist, woman, mother and indomitable spirit. She will be accompanied onstage by award-winning author and playwright Eugene Stickland. Throughout this groundbreaking work, the audience gets a glimpse into the magnitude and depth of this prolific artist. One thing is certain: the honesty of Morag’s story and the force of her vocal and virtuosic cello performance has profoundly touched and moved audiences. It’s a night in the theater quite unlike anything you have ever seen, or heard, before. During the final refrain, having traversed a raw and challenging landscape, the audience is brought to a place of universal understanding that in our troubles, none of us are ever alone.
Tickets $15 in advance, $20 at the door. The TCA is located at 145 Paseo del Pueblo Norte. (575) 758-2052, tcataos.org
Metta Theatre Christmas Show
Taos’ Metta Theatre presents its annual Christmas Show on Nov. 30 and Dec. 1, 7 p.m., both nights, featuring acoustic music of the season with guitar and/or piano accompaniment starring youth and adults. Metta is a small non-profit theater company devoted to new and classic stage productions with a special interest in youth collaboration.
The theater is located 1470 Paseo del Pueblo Norte, El Prado. Admission $10. (575) 303-0774, mettataos.dreamhosters.com
Taos Chamber Music Group: “Beyond Borders”
Russian virtuoso pianist Gleb Ivanov will be featured in this holiday-time program on Dec. 14 and 16 that traverses borders, from Armenian composer Arno Babadjanian’s “Piano Trio in F# minor” and Czech Antonin Dvorak’s “Piano Quartet in D major No. 1, Op.23” to American composer Eldin Burton’s Spanish-flavored Sonatina for flute and piano.
Called “a young super-virtuoso with musical sensitivity and an appreciation of style to go with the thunder and lightening” by The New York Times, Ivanov is a fast-rising soloist now living in New York. Originally from Moscow, he graduated from the Moscow Conservatory where his teachers included the renowned Lev Naumov and where he was a protégé of Mstislav Rostropovich.
Tickets $25 adults; $20 Museum members; $12 students. Arthur Bell Auditorium at The Harwood Museum of Art, 238 Ledoux Street, Taos. Concerts start at 5:30 p.m. (575) 758-9826, harwoodmuseum.org , taoschambermusicgroup.org
Taos Onstage Dinner Theatre
Get taken back to the 1940s when radio was king and some shows were taped in front of a live studio audience.
This season, Taos Onstage presents an encore performance of the radio play “It’s A Wonderful Life,” on Dec. 18 and 19 at Taos Mesa Brewing Mothership, 20 ABC Mesa Road off U.S. Highway 64 west (on the road to the Río Grande Gorge). A buffet holiday dinner is served at 6 p.m. The curtain rises at 7 p.m.
Adapted by Joe Landry, this is the classic tale of George Bailey, a man who has lost hope in humanity and wishes he had never been born. But Bailey’s guardian angel, Clarence, appears and shows him what life in Bedford Falls would be like without him.
Funny and sentimental, this story is all about the values of being kind and willing to make sacrifices; the pitfalls of greed and commercialism; the gifts of family, friendship and love; and a strong bond with community.
Experience a dynamic fun-filled radio show of yesteryear performed by local actors with Foley sound effects, musical accompaniment and authentic 1940’s commercial spots.
Requires advanced registration. Admission for dinner and the show is $30. Tickets for just the show are $15, seats are limited. All seats are reserved — first come, first served. To order tickets or for more information visit taosonstage.com or call (575) 224-4587.
Taos Chamber Music Group: “Good Company with Chatter”
Taos Chamber Music Group presents a Chatter-style program that includes music, poetry and two minutes of silence on Jan. 12. Emblematic of its adventuresome programming, the Chatter string quartet will play Meredith Monk’s String Songs, Philip Glass’s “Company” String Quartet #2 and Gabriela Lena Frank’s “Leyendas: An Andean Walkabout.” TCMG flutist Nancy Laupheimer joins them for Andrew Norman’s “Light Screens” and Taos poet Olivia Romo will also perform.
Concerts at 10:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. Tickets $25 adults; $20 museum members; $12 students. Arthur Bell Auditorium at The Harwood Museum of Art, 238 Ledoux Street, Taos. (575) 758-9826, harwoodmuseum.org , taoschambermusicgroup.org
— Compiled by Scott Gerdes