Music from Angel Fire
Music from Angel Fire brings world-class chamber music to the northern New Mexico communities of Angel Fire, Taos, Las Vegas and Raton from mid-August to early September each year. More than 35 artists who play on the world’s most celebrated stages perform an impressive array of works from the great classical, romantic, baroque and contemporary masters.
The Festival's mission is to bring to these communities the highest standard of artistic excellence in the classical chamber music repertoire presented by world class artists with emerging and established careers. The versatility of the artists, unique programming and the various concert venue sites have created a strong and varied audience for the Festival. It is the first music festival in New Mexico designed to serve the artistic needs of a group of rural northern New Mexico communities and consistently has presented outstanding musical events for resident and visitor alike.
“Chamber music is something that anyone can enjoy. It is a way to enrich one’s soul through nothing more than what you feel as you are listening. It can be enjoyed on many levels, but no one level is more important than another and you need not feel encumbered by a pressure to ‘know’ more than necessary. Whatever any person takes away from a Music from Angel Fire experience is a valid and vital part of what we want to accomplish.”
Ida Kavafian, Artistic Director
In the spirit of the Festival’s commitment to education it produces two professional family/youth concerts for the young people of Taos and Colfax Counties and with the presentation of 30 concert/demonstrations, maintains an active program called Music in our Schools across Northern New Mexico. In this way Music from Angel Fire strives to give back to the communities that have supported the Festival.
In continuing its commitment to new music, the Festival engages an American composer to be in residence for a world premiere and performance of other new works. This presentation is made possible by "The Bruce E. Howden, Jr. American Composers Project."
Music from Angel Fire was founded in 1984 and operates under the guidance of a Board of Directors, a National Advisory Board, and an outstanding administrative and artistic staff. Many volunteers from throughout Northern New Mexico are organized through the Music from Angel Fire Guild and participate annually with the Festival in housing, marketing and social benefits.