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The Telluride Chamber Music Association (TCMA), formerly known as the Telluride Chamber Music Festival, brings classical music to the mountains. TCMA, in collaboration with Palm Arts, invites the public to an evening with the famous Ivalas Quartet at the Palm Theater on Saturday at 6 p.m. The concert marks the start of TCMA’s new year-round concert series.

“We thought they were a good place to start. They embody the kind of thing that we want to do with the new series. It’s a very exciting group and really (they are) rising stars,” said Claire. Beard, the CEO of TCMA.

The Telluride Music Festival has been canceled for the past two years due to the pandemic. To keep classical music alive and prevalent in the community, festival organizers switched last summer to an organization more open to the year: TCMA.

The new lineup began with the popular “Happy Hour” series at Transfer Warehouse, which featured local classical musicians. A press release from TCMA said the series will continue. While no date has yet been announced for Happy Hour or for the new concert series, Beard encourages the community to “stay tuned and listen to the announcements.” For now, the TCMA is focused on this Saturday’s performance.

The Ivalas Quartet doesn’t need far to travel next weekend. The group is based in Boulder, where they form the Graduate Quartet of the University of Colorado-Boulder and study with the famous Takács Quartet. They have performed across the country, including their Carnegie Hall debut in January 2020.

Members of the quartet include violinists Reuben Kebede and Tiani Butts, violist Aimée McAnulty and cellist Pedro Sanchez. The name “Ivalas” is a word coined on the fly when a member needed information for an upcoming recital, McAnulty said.

“It struck us when we realized that it was a super cool name, that it didn’t have a translation and that it hadn’t already been claimed. For us, it has become a word synonymous with ‘friendship, unity and authenticity,’ said McAnulty.

The four come from very different backgrounds, but reunited at the University of Michigan in 2016. As members of the Black and Latin communities, the group made it their mission to celebrate “the classical musical creation of their own communities. “.

“Ivalas seeks to disrupt and improve the world of classical music with lesser-known and sometimes unknown voices. Performing works for string quartet written by under-represented composers of BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color), the Ivalas Quartet strives to bring all kinds of member audiences together in a musical celebration, ”their website said.

The quartet will perform a mix of classical and contemporary composers on this week’s show, Beard explained. They will perform a traditional Beethoven string quartet and a traditional Haydn piece. Then, as a reflection of their mission, the quartet will perform a piece by Atlanta composer Carlos Simon. Simon’s play is based on themes centered on police brutality.

“Simon’s piece is wonderful… and then they also have a really fun piece at the end,” Beard said. “We’re mixing the two things to make it work for the audience that already traditionally enjoys chamber music. But also, it’s going to stretch a bit without being too intimidating. It’s a really good balance.

In addition to the Saturday show, the quartet took the opportunity to visit local schools in Telluride and Ouray. They will be performing at Middle School for Students on Friday, and later that evening they will have an event at the Ouray Community Center.

Being part of the community and sharing classical music with the children has been a constant theme within the quartet. According to their website, the members “have a common dedication to their role as educators” and have worked with El Sistema Colorado and the Aspen Music Festival Musical Connections program.

This will be the Ivalas Quartet’s very first visit to Telluride. McAnulty is excited about the performance and brings classical music to the local community.

“The quartet love to take a road trip to different towns and villages because we love to share music, but we also really love to engage with the different communities that come to our concerts,” said McAnulty. “We are particularly looking forward to some fun school tours and performances! “

Beard is also keen to share the beauty of classical music with other members of the community.

“It’s wonderful to be exposed to these kinds of top bands. It’s just mind-blowing music,” Beard said.

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