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Montage Music Society, founded in 2004, is primarily devoted to commissioning, performing and recording music inspired by visual art and similar interdisciplinary projects. “Light Bending the World” features music of Niles Luther inspired by April Gornik.

The October 26, 2023 Salon Concert Premiere on the Montage YouTube Channel
A Montage Music Society Commission
Music by Niles Luther, Inspired by Artist April Gornik
At home in Santa Fe, NM, Montage invites friends near and far to perform in the Altazano Salon Series. Now, approaching its 10th season, the Salon Series presents eclectic programs in the lovely Quail Run Clubhouse Living Room. Occasional private home events, usually sold out, bring the Salons back to their original pre-pandemic setting. Click here for the 2023-24 Salon schedule. Click here for the 2023–2024 Salon Schedule.
Soprano Ilana Davidson Returns for a Private Home Salon
Saturday, April 20, 2024
Music of Bach, Bermel, Bolcom, Britten, Schumann, Wolf
Ilana savors the joy of singing repertoire from the Renaissance to world premieres. Her performances of Mahler's Fourth Symphony with Maestros Leonard Slatkin, Keith Lockhart, and Miguel Harth-Bedoya remain among her most cherished experiences. "Songs of Innocence and of Experience" by William Bolcom and conducted by Leonard Slatkin received four Grammy Awards, including Best Classical Album and Best Composition.
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Composer Elliot Roman (b.1999), a multifaceted composer, pianist, flutist, and conductor based in New York City is writing a new work inspired by a trio of Wayne Thiebaud’s paintings that will premiere early in 2024.
Debra Ayers, pianist & director of Montage Music Society is enthusiastic about Montage Music Society’s latest commission inspired by visual art. “Elliot is a fine pianist, a very accomplished young composer with a wonderful sense of imagination and we both love Wayne Thiebaud’s Cityscapes. Additionally, here in Montage’s home of Santa Fe, we enjoy connections to two former Thiebaud students, Gretchen Guard and Fritz Scholder.” (more)
We love to hear from you – ideas for future projects, comments on our performances and how you might wish to be involved. Thanks for your interest and support!
Pianist & Artistic Director Debra Ayers
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