Albuquerque Chamber Soloists
History of ACS
Pianist Arlette Felberg founded Albuquerque Chamber Soloists in 1991. The genesis of Albuquerque Chamber Soloists came about originally as a project of The June Music Festival, one of the oldest and most enduring chamber music festivals in the country. The June Music Festival, together with the University of New Mexico Division of Continuing Education, co-sponsored the inaugural series of Albuquerque Chamber Soloists. This collaboration, begun during the 1990-1991 season, continued through the 1996-1997 season, at which time the series moved to the sponsorship of the University of New Mexico Music Department to create the Lillian Dolde Memorial Music Scholarship. This scholarship dispenses funds to students in the area of performance on a continuing basis. Albuquerque Chamber Soloists was subsequently granted 501(c)3 non-profit status, and incorporated as an independent organization.
A vital part of the mission of Albuquerque Chamber Soloists is to showcase the talents of outstanding New Mexico musicians, many of whom are members of New Mexico’s leading orchestras and academic institutions. Albuquerque Chamber Soloists fosters unique programmatic adventures, often incorporating rare and bold programming with the time-honored masterpieces of the chamber music repertoire. For example, we have merged music with dance, poetry, literature, art, drama and computer-created works.
Albuquerque Chamber Soloists has the reputation of encouraging close and enduring relationships between performers and audience, in a further collaborative interaction that reflects the profound and intimate nature of chamber music itself. We continue to look for fresh ways to view chamber music and to explore wider musical horizons.
Albuquerque Chamber Soloists owes its success and longevity to its founder, Arlette Felberg, and the foundation of artistic excellence, creative programming, and financial stability laid by her stewardship. Arlette retired from ACS in 2015 and handed the reigns of the organization to James and Megan Holland, who remain committed to the legacy she established.
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