Things to do in Taos

Music and more rounds out the rest of the week


Looking for something to do on a Sunday in Taos? Here are a few suggestions and more.

Melanie DeMore at Goddess Fest

Melanie DeMore has been doing some epic choral gigs, including some on network TV, and will be flying in to Taos, according to Jenny Bird. Now, DeMore, Bird and Adrienne Braswell will reunite for a Goddess Fest concert Sunday (Aug. 13), 7 p.m., at Unity of Taos, 69 Blueberry Hill Road. “We get together every year since our MINX days, to share our new songs, and just cause we love singing together,” Bird says in an email announcement.

Braswell, who divides her time between Taos and Texas, “just had a packed CD release show for her second CD, ‘Great Big Yellow Sunflower,’ and I’m working on my 16th CD, which should be out by Christmas,” Bird continues. The last Goddess Fest show will be Sept. 17 featuring Gina Breedlove, who was on Broadway in “The Lion King” and “has one of the most dynamic voices I’ve ever heard. You would really appreciate her,” Bird said. Tickets are $10 to $20 at the door. Call (575) 751-1452.

TCMG plans ‘Contributors Thank You Concert’

It takes a lot of resources to put together a season of classical music greatness by the Taos Chamber Music Group. Now, it’s time to acknowledge that support. Nancy Laupheimer, TCMG’s executive director, has announced the group’s 25th anniversary season “Contributors Thank You Concert” and reception, planned Sunday (Aug. 13), 7 p.m., at the home of Suzanne and Bob Brock in Taos.

Laupheimer has announced the group’s 25th anniversary season of “wild and scenic” music, which will run from late September 2017 through late May 2018. What began as the dream of flutist Laupheimer for chamber music to be a year-round presence in her hometown has taken its place among the area’s world-class summer music festivals that have made Taos a nexus for classical music, a press release states.

The 25th season at the Harwood Museum of Art, where TCMG is the resident chamber music group, will continue the series’ signature mix of chamber music classics and more contemporary compositions. The season promises to take audiences on an incomparable musical journey. The American String Quartet opens on Sept. 30 and Oct. 1, and the fall season continues with an all-women composers program in November and virtuoso pianist Gleb Ivanov in French holiday time concerts in December.

In January, TCMG presents international flute performance artist Claire Chase in what is described as “a mind-blowing show” that will include works recently written for her. February’s “Storm & Stillness” program explores the power of music to depict the natural world. April’s annual “Play it Forward” concerts, in which TCMG features younger musicians, showcase the astounding abilities of 17-year-old violinist and Santa Fe native Phoenix Avalon. Memorial Day weekend brings an encore performance by multiple cellists, a TCMG favorite that this time will feature four “Cello Chicks!”

But before the new series officially launches, TCMG will present an around-the-world, mixed bag of musical styles this Sunday performed by Laupheimer, pianist Kim Bakkum and guitarist Omar Rane. The annual “Contributors Thank You Concert” will be followed by a Q&A and reception and is free for contributors of $100 or more to the 25th season.

Visit taoschambermusicgroup.org to contribute, get directions to the concert and learn more about the new season’s programs.

Movies on the Green spotlights Music from Angel Fire

The Brass Project is “a flexible brass ensemble that was formed by leading players from the Curtis Institute” in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. At this year’s upcoming Music from Angel Fire Festival, The Brass Project will enthrall audiences from Taos to Ratón and Las Vegas. But, until then, Taoseños who attend the Wednesday (Aug. 16) Movies on the Green event at Kit Carson Park will be in for a special treat, as The Brass Project will perform a special set.

The event is a weekly family get-together in the park that includes picnics, concessions and a free movie — this time, it’s “Ghostbusters” (2016) — plus The Brass Project performance, all sponsored by the town of Taos.

“The Brass Project gives innovative and creative performances designed for a diverse demographic by performing repertoire specifically commissioned by the ensemble,” a press release states. “They have collaborated with composers from around the world on 35 new works in the last year alone, including pieces by Pulitzer Prize winner Aaron Jay Kernis, Princeton Professor Emeritus Paul Lansky, and Rome Prize winner Sean Friar.”

The Brass Project has been an ensemble-in-residence at Music from Angel Fire for two consecutive seasons. While in New Mexico, the group has been featured by Santa Fe Pro Musica and worked with young students in public schools in Angel Fire, Cimarrón, Eagle Nest, Las Vegas, Ratón and Taos. The Brass Project’s debut album, “Cityscaping,” celebrates the work composers have created for the ensemble and will be released this fall.

For more information about Movies on the Green, contact Judy Esquibel at (575) 751-2037 or jesquibel@taosgov.com.