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NMSU to host performance by American Chamber Players

New Mexico State University will host an American Chamber Players (ACP) concert at 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 12, in the Music Center Recital Hall as part of KRWG-FM's 40th anniversary celebration.

toured North America and has been featured on National Public Radio's "Performance Today" and local radio stations throughout the United States. The group performs a varied repertoire including familiar masterpieces, neglected gems and newly commissioned American works. ACP's recordings are distributed internationally on the Koch International Classics label.

ACP was formed in 1985 and its members include Jean-Louis Haguenauer, piano, Miles Hoffman, viola, Loren Kitt, clarinet, Joanna Maurer, violin, Alberto Parrini, cello, and Sara Stern, flute.

Haguenauer, an associate professor of piano at the School of Music of Indiana University in Bloomington, has performed extensively in the United States, Europe and China, where he performed and taught at the invitation of the Chinese government. A graduate of the Ecole Normale de Musique in Paris and the Geneva Conservatory, he has performed on Radio France and French national television. In 2000, he was the subject of a French feature film called "La Spirale du Pianiste."

Hoffman, the founder and artistic director of ACP, also founded the Library of Congress Summer Chamber Festival and has been the music commentator for NPR's flagship news program "Morning Edition" since 2002. A graduate of Yale University and the Juilliard School, he is the author of "The NPR Classical Music Companion: Terms and Concepts from A to Z."

Kitt has been principal clarinetist of the National Symphony Orchestra since 1970. He has been a featured artist of the Casals and Spoleto festivals and a guest artist of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. A graduate of the Curtis Institute, Kitt is a professor of clarinet at the University of Maryland at College Park.

Maurer performs regularly with the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and is a member of the Metamorphosen Chamber Orchestra, where she has appeared as soloist and concertmaster. She also served as concertmaster of the Prometheus Chamber Orchestra for its final two seasons. She received her bachelor's and master's degrees from the Juilliard School.

Parrini has performed with the St. Lawrence String Quartet and the Richmond Symphony. He has toured extensively with Mikhail Baryshnikov and the White Oak Dance Project and performed with Continuum, Lenape Chamber Ensemble and the Metamorphosen Chamber Orchestra. Parrini is a graduate of the Curtis Institute and the Juilliard School.

Stern has been a solo flutist of the 20th Century Consort and is a founding member of the Eastwind Consort, a critically acclaimed woodwind ensemble. She has presented solo recitals in the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and Carnegie Recital Hall and toured as one half of the duo "Stern and Levalier" with harpist Dotian Levalier.

The Las Cruces appearance of ACP is made possible by the Associated Students of NMSU, the NMSU Music Department and KRWG 90.7 FM.

Tickets are $18 for students and $22 for others and can be purchased through the Pan American Center Ticket Office at (505) 646-1420.