Chamber Music Albuquerque Upcoming Concert Presentations
2021-22 Season
80th Anniversary Year

The concert video of J.S. Bach's six Brandenburg Concertos

as performed by the Chamber Music Society

of Lincoln Center, posted on January 1, has finished its run

and has been taken down.

We will post another concert video on February 1, which will be available for viewing free of charge through February 7.


The program notes for the Brandenburg Concertos program will remain up for another week.  You can access them

​on our Events and Features page

Our Next Live Concert

Chamber Music Albuquerque continues its 80th season

of live concert presentations with a performance by

world-renowned soprano Dawn Upshaw

and the Brentano String Quartet on April 24 at 3pm

at the Simms Center for the Performing Arts.

Tickets for this concert will go on sale in February. 

Members of our e-mail list will receive notice

when these tickets go on sale. 

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you can do so by visiting our "Contact Us" page.






​Brook Irish Photo                                              


Dawn Upshaw, soprano





The Dido Project


This program features a first half of early English songs

and consort music from the Renaissance and Baroque eras, culminating in the devastatingly beautiful aria "Dido's Lament"

from Henry Purcell's opera Dido and Aeneas


The second half then imagines Dido into our modern age

in a newly commissioned monodrama for soprano and quartet

by Pulitzer Prize winning composer Melinda Wagner.





Tickets for this concert will be released for sale in February.

To protect the health and safety of our patrons

and to enable social distancing, 

ticket sales for this concert will be strictly limited.

All online tickets will be $35 by general admission only.

Student tickets will be $10 at the door.

CMA will require proof

of full vaccination and booster against COVID-19,

or proof of a negative result of a COVID-19 test

performed within three days of the concert,

for admission to this concert.

Masks required regardless of vaccination status.




Additional 2021-2022 Concerts

June Music Festival

80th Anniversary of the first June Music Festival

held in June 1942

American String Quartet with

Nancy Allen, principal harp of the New York Philharmonic Orchestra

June 5, 2022 at 4pm

First Presbyterian Church

215 Locust SE, Albuquerque

Kalichstein Laredo Robinson Trio

June 12, 2022 at 4pm

Simms Center for the Performing Arts

Albuquerque Academy

Tickets on sale in April 2022

About Dawn Upshaw

Joining a rare natural warmth with a fierce commitment to

the transforming communicative power of music, 

Dawn Upshaw has achieved worldwide celebrity

as a singer of opera and concert repertoire ranging from

the sacred works of Bach to the freshest sounds of today.

 Her ability to reach to the heart of music and text

has earned her both the devotion of an exceptionally

diverse audience, and the awards and distinctions

accorded to only the most distinguished of artists. 

In 2007, she was named a Fellow of the MacArthur Foundation,

the first vocal artist to be awarded the five-year “genius” prize,

and in 2008 she was named a Fellow of the

American Academy of Arts & Sciences.

Her acclaimed performances on the opera stage

comprise the great Mozart roles (Susanna, Ilia, Pamina, Despina,

and Zerlina) as well as modern works by Stravinsky, Poulenc,

and Messiaen. From Salzburg, Paris and Glyndebourne to

the Metropolitan Opera, where she began her career in 1984

and has since made nearly 300 appearances,

Dawn Upshaw has also championed numerous new works

created for her including The Great Gatsby by John Harbison;

the Grawemeyer Award-winning opera, L’Amour de Loin 

and oratorio La Passion de Simone by Kaija Saariaho;

John Adams’s Nativity oratorio El Niño; and Osvaldo Golijov’s

chamber opera Ainadamar and song cycle Ayre.

It says much about Dawn Upshaw’s sensibilities

as an artist and colleague that she is a favored partner

of many leading musicians, including Gilbert Kalish,

the Kronos Quartet, James Levine, and Esa-Pekka Salonen.

In her work as a recitalist, and particularly in her work

with composers, Dawn Upshaw has become a generative force

in concert music, having premiered more than 25 works

in the past decade. From Carnegie Hall to large and small venues

throughout the world she regularly presents specially

designed programs composed of lieder, contemporary

works in many languages, and folk and popular music.

She furthers this work in master classes and workshops

with young singers at major music festivals, conservatories,

and liberal arts colleges. She is the Head of the Vocal Arts Program

at the Tanglewood Music Center and was the founding

Artistic Director of the Vocal Arts Program

at the Bard College Conservatory of Music.

A five-time Grammy Award winner, Dawn Upshaw is featured

on more than 50 recordings, including the million-selling

Symphony No. 3 by Henryk Gorecki for Nonesuch Records. 

Her discography also includes full-length opera recordings of

Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro; Messiaen’s St. Francois d’Assise; Stravinsky’s The Rake’s Progress; John Adams’s El Niño;

two volumes of Canteloube’s “Songs of the Auvergne,”

a dozen recital recordings, and an acclaimed three-disc series

of Osvaldo Golijov’s music for Deutsche Grammophon.

She received the 2014 Best Classical Vocal Solo Grammy

for Maria Schneider’s Winter Morning Walks on the ArtistShare Label.

Dawn Upshaw holds honorary doctorate degrees from Yale,

the Manhattan School of Music, the Juilliard School,

Allegheny College, and Illinois Wesleyan University. 

She began her career as a 1984 winner of the Young Concert Artists Auditions and the 1985 Walter W. Naumburg Competition,

and was a member of the Metropolitan Opera

Young Artists Development Program.

Ms. Upshaw has recorded extensively for the Nonesuch label. 

She may also be heard on Angel/EMI, BMG, Deutsche Grammophon,

London, Sony Classical, Telarc, and on Erato and Teldec

in the Warner Classics Family of labels.