Upcoming Dates

Sunday, July 22nd, 2018

EMANUELE ARCIULI, Solo Piano with Pre-Concert Lecture by OLIVER PREZANT
Featuring the Ives Concord Sonata, John Adams' Phrygian Gates, and Ruth Lomon's Ceremonial Masks - 12 p.m. Lecture at The Abiquiu Inn and 2 p.m. Concert at the Venue
Price: $30 Individual or Full Festival Series $130

This concert is wholly underwritten through the great generosity of Abiquiu Valley Farm of Abiquiu, NM; and PIANOWERKES of Albuquerque, NM. 

Italian pianist Emanuele Arciuli brings his viruosity, shimmering palette of tonal color, and depth of interpretation to the rarely performed American masterpiece, the CONCORD SONATA of CHARLES IVES. The Ives has not been performed in NM for nearly a decade and is a rarity on the live concert stage. Conductor and educator Oliver Prezant will present an engaging pre-concert talk on the sonata in the Galeria of The Abiquiu Inn at 12:00. First published in 1920, this epic work for solo piano juxtaposes modernist musical gestures with quotes from the music of Beethoven, folk and popular music, hymn tunes, and more. It’s an everything-but-the-kitchen-sink effort to create a musical impression of the transcendentalist philosophy of Emerson, Thoreau, Hawthorne, and the Alcotts in mid-nineteenth century Massachusetts. Given the scope of the work, it’s no surprise that Ives continued to work on the piece for almost forty years. Whether you’re an experienced listener or new to the concert hall, the talk will take you inside the music and the mind of the composer, and help you to deepen your understanding and enjoyment of this extraordinary American masterpiece. Emanuele Arciuli will open this concert with a solo tribute to RUTH LOMON, with her Five Ceremonial Masks, inspired by her 50 years of summers spent in NM, exploring and absorbing Native American cultures.  The first half of the concert concludes with the riveting Phrygian Gates by composer JOHN ADAMS, featured composer at the Santa Fe Opera, performing his Dr. Atomic.

Emanuele Arciuli has established himself as one of the most original and interesting performers on today's classical music scene. His repertoire ranges from Bach to contemporary music, with a strong affinity for composers from the United States.  Emanuele Arciuli continuously develops new projects and is in constant pursuit of new ideas and innovative programs. Round Midnight Variations, a group of 16 compositions that were written expressively for Arciuli by composers such as Babbitt, Rzewski, Torke, Daugherty, Bolcom, and Harbison, sparked the interest of international critics and is considered by some to be one of the most significant contemporary American piano collections. The variations, which were released by Stradivarius on CD under the title Round Midnight - Hommage to Thelonious Monk in May 2011, have been celebrated by the international press. His special interest in Native American cultures has greatly impacted Emanuele Arciuli's career and resulted in his commissioning works from a number of Native American composers. His Indian Gallery project was premiered at Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival and featured new works inspired by Native American visual art by composers such as John Luther Adams, Michael Daugherty, and Huang Ruo. Emanuele's numerous recordings include Gates to Everywhere, with music by Carla Bley, Fred Hersch, and Chick Corea, the complete piano works of Berg and Webern, and the world premiere of Bruno Maderna's Concerto for Piano and Orchestra. His CD dedicated to George Crumb (Bridge) was nominated for a Grammy Award, and his CD with works by Adams and Rzewski received the Italian critics' award for Best Record in 2006. Emanuele Arciuli regularly performs at major concert halls and festivals, such as the Berliner Festwochen, Wien Modern at Musikverein, La Scala for Milano Musica, Miller Theater New York, Miami Piano Festival, Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, La Fenice Venice, and the Brescia and Bergamo International Festival. He has collaborated with internationally renowned orchestras such as the Indianapolis Symphony, Saint Petersburg Philharmonic, Rotterdam Philharmonic, Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, Orquestra Sinfônica Brasileira and the RAI National Symphony. Conductors with whom he has worked include Roberto Abbado, Andrei Boreico, Yoel Levi, James MacMillan, Wayne Marshall, Kazushi Ono, Zoltan Pesko, Arturo Tamayo and Mario Venzago.  His newest comprehensive book on American piano music, Musica per pianoforte negli Stati Uniti, was recently published in Italy and presented at the MiTo Settembre Musica Festival in Torino by Enzo Restagno. May 2011, Emanuele Arciuli was awarded with the most important Italian critic's prize, the Premio Franco Abbiati. In winning this prize, Emanuele Arciuli follows in the footsteps of Maurizio Pollini, Radu Lupu, and Zubin Metha. Emanuele is Professor at the Conservatory in Bari, Italy.  Walk in Beauty, his newest double-CD of contemporary Amerian Piano Music was released to great critical acclaim, fall of 2017. Emanuele's long love of New Mexico is warmly reflected in it, with the pianist himself calling the album "a spiritual hike through New Mexico".  Emanuele returns to ACMF for his sixth appearance, having appeared with R. Carlos Nakai in 2012; then presenting solo concerts here in 2013, 2014; and performing concerto programs in 2015 and 2016.

OLIVER PREZANT is a well-known lecturer and educator for The Santa Fe Opera, Music Director of the Santa Fe Community Orchestra. He is also artistic advisor and teaching artist in the ArtWorks program of Partners in Education, which provides arts education programs in the Santa Fe Public Schools. As an educator, Oliver has created and presented education programs for the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival; Opera Southwest; the Guilds of the Santa Fe Opera and San Francisco Opera; and numerous other arts organizations. He has presented programs on music and visual art in conjunction with the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum, the New Mexico Museum of Art, the Albuquerque Museum of Art and History, and the Las Vegas Museum in Las Vegas, NM. His unique presentations for audiences of all ages have helped thousands of music lovers to deepen their appreciation and understanding of music.  ACMF is delighted to have Oliver's contribution enhancing and deepening the listener's appreciation of this unique solo program. 

Although ACMF strives to present all artists and programming as advertised, we reserve the right to make comparable artist or program substitution as might become necessary.

Sunday, August 5th, 2018

Featuring works Ruth Lomon's Imprints (Concerto for Piano and 4 Percussion), John Cage, Stockhausen, Steve Reich, and others - 2 p.m.
Price: $30 Individual or Full Festival Series $130

This concert is wholly underwritten through the great generosity of DEBORAH BECKETT and STEVEN BRUBAKER of Chicago, IL and Abiquiu, NM; SUSAN and CHARLES MIZE of Tesuque, NM; and MEREDITH R. SPEERS and SEAMUS P. MALIN of Santa Fe, NM.

ACMF’s final concert presents Crossing 32nd Street, one of the freshest, most stimulating, classical-new music ensembles in the West. Named Phoenix's "Best New Classical Music Ensemble" by the Arizona Republic, the group strives to increase the awareness and understanding of modern music through the aggressive commitment to performing relevant contemporary works at the utmost artistic level. Founded in 2000 by contemporary music specialists from Arizona State University, the University of New Mexico, and the University of California-San Diego, Crossing 32nd Street is ensemble-in-residence at Paradise Valley Community College.  Though its instrumentation changes with the needs of each piece, Crossing 32nd Street's core members play percussion, piano, saxophone, and electronics while also composing and improvising with acoustic, electro-acoustic, and multi-media tools. This concert presents an array of contemporary styles ranging from works for multiple marimbas; STOCKHAUSEN's virtuosic Zyklus #9 for solo percussion; the seldom-performed Credo in U.S., one of iconic experimentalist JOHN CAGE's early forays into electroacoustic and prepared piano music; and concludes with the mysterious, compelling Imprints: Concerto for Piano and Four Percussion, as ACMF concludes its memorial tribute to the life-long contributions of composer RUTH LOMON. Through its greatly imaginative instrumentation and intricate inter-weavings, Imprints sums the composer’s totality of appreciation and admiration of New Mexico’s Native American cultures. Thank you always, Ruth.  

DOUGLAS NOTTINGHAM has been active throughout the U.S. as a percussionist, performance artist, composer, music educator, recording artist and producer.  As a solo percussionist and member of Phoenix’s Crossing 32nd Street,  the New Mexico-based LINKS Ensemble, and the dance/contemporary music ensemble KRUSTÁ,  Doug has specialized in the performance of contemporary chamber works, although performing the gamut of symphonic, jazz, and heavy-metal.  He has appeared as featured artist at conventions of the World Dance Alliance, Percussive Arts Society, the Society of Composers, the Society for Electroacoustic Music in the United States, and the Society of American Music. His recordings appear on the Neuma, Nonsequitor, Stradivarius and Wergo labels. As Dr. Nottingham, he is a faculty member at Glendale Community College where he teaches electroacoustic music, digital recording, and commercial music, as well as applied percussion and is director of the award-winning Glendale Community College Percussion Ensemble. Doug appeared previously as artist and conductor at ACMF during the 2014 season with LINKS Ensemble.

 Praised by The Washington Post for performances that were “beautifully but powerfully executed, coordinated and shaped” pianist MADELINE WILLIAMSON has been championing new music and that of women composers throughout her life.  She has performed widely as soloist and collaborator in major U.S. venues as well as in Europe, Mexico, and Egypt. She served as invited Artist-in-Residence for a year at Escola Profissional Artistica Do Vale Do Ave Conservatory (ARTAVE) in Caldas da Saude, Portugal. Madeline was also founder of KRUSTÁ a new music/modern dance ensemble, performing concerts and frequent residencies throughout the U.S. Over the years, she has worked closely with such iconic American composers as John Cage, George Crumb, David Burge, Lou Harrison, Ruth Lomon, Joan Tower, and Ellen Zwilich, in addition to young, emerging composers. After three decades as Professor of Piano on the Artist Faculty of Arizona State University, Madeline relocated to Abiquiú in 2004. She continued performances with the Santa Fe New Music Ensemble and in 2008, became Co-Founder and Artistic Director of ACMF.  Among others, her latest CD was of Peter Garland: Waves Breaking on Rocks with the Santa Fe New Music Ensemble on World Records. She also nurtures a studio of 20 aspiring and award-winning young pianists in her Los Alamos private studio. 

 Although ACMF strives to present all artists and programming as advertised, we reserve the right to make comparable artist or program substitution as might become necessary.

2018 Season Highlights

ACMF's 11th season features the WORLD PREMIERE of GARY GACKSTATTER'S Chaco: A Journey of the Spirit written for preeminent artist R. CARLOS NAKAI, Native Flute, and ACMF Ensemble in TWO special performances.  Additional living composers being performed this season are: Ofer Ben-Amots, Peter Garland, Pierre Jalbert, Jeremy Muller, R. Carlos Nakai, Steve Reich, and  Bruce Wolosoff. ACMF also pays a heartfelt musical tribute to the musical life of composer RUTH LOMON (1930-2017) with selected works throughout the season. 


Emanuele Arciuli, Solo Piano

Debra Ayers, Piano

Sonja Branch, Percussion

David Felberg, Violin

Kim Fredenburgh, Viola

Gary Gackstatter, Composer/Conductor

Sally Guenther, Cello

Conor Hanick, Piano

Keith Lemmons, Clarinet/Saxophone

Simone Mancuso, Percussion/Piano

Ruxandra Marquardt, Violin

Christina Martos, Soprano

Jeremy Muller, Percussion/Composer

R. Carlos Nakai, Native Flute

Scott Ney, Percussion

Doug Nottingham, Conductor/Percussion

Brett Reed, Percussion

Madeline Williamson, Piano

Joseph Wytko, Soprano Saxophone


Crossing 32nd Street

Montage Music Society

Trio Arriba (Resident Piano Trio)





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