Lara Downes - “But Beautiful… Remembering Billie Holliday”

Fox Fine Arts Recital Hall - University of Texas El Paso

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Acclaimed classical pianist salutes Billie Holiday with stunning solo transcriptions of Lady Day’s greatest hits

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The Deal

  • $12 for one ticket to El Paso Pro-Musica presents Lara Downes – “But Beautiful… Remembering Billie Holiday” (up to $25 value)
  • When: Tuesday, October 14, at 7:30 p.m.
  • Where: Fox Fine Arts Recital Hall
  • General admission
  • Door time: 6:30 p.m.
  • Ticket values include all fees

Lara Downes – “But Beautiful… Remembering Billie Holiday”

  • Where you’ve heard Lara Downes: on NPR and WNYC’s New Sounds and at historic venues such as the Salle Gaveau Paris and Carnegie Hall
  • How NPR defines her: “a delightful artist with a unique blend of musicianship and showmanship”
  • How the Washington Post defines her performances: “rendered with drama and nuance”
  • How the New York Times defined her Top 10 album Some Other Time: “luscious, moody and dreamy,” a description that also applies to her showcase of songs made famous by Billie Holiday
  • What to expect: soul-stirring interpretation of the Holiday songbook, including “God Bless the Child,” “Strange Fruit,” and “But Beautiful,” accentuated by video-and-text projections portraying Holiday’s career

El Paso Pro-Musica

It’s hard to imagine going bigger than Handel’s “Messiah,” but for El Paso Pro-Musica, it was only the beginning. Since its first, Hallelujah-filled concert in 1977, the organization has brought renowned artists from around the world to the El Paso and Las Cruces communities—and, thanks to NPR’s live broadcasts of the their annual chamber music festival, to listeners across the country. Current Artistic Director Zuill Bailey calls on his globe-trotting career as a concert cellist and his impressive musical education to lead both the company’s artistic arm and its ambitious outreach efforts, which include musical “informances,” pre-concert talks, master classes, and a willingness to patiently explain the difference between violins and violas hundreds of times over.

El Paso Pro-Musica

It's hard to imagine going bigger than Handel's Messiah, but for El Paso Pro-Musica, it was only the beginning. Since its first, Hallelujah-filled concert in 1977, the organization has brought renowned artists from around the world to the El Paso and Las Cruces communities—and, thanks to NPR's live broadcasts of the their annual chamber music festival, to listeners across the country. Current Artistic Director Zuill Bailey calls on his globe-trotting career as a concert cellist and his impressive musical education to lead both the company's artistic arm and its ambitious outreach efforts, which include musical "informances," pre-concert talks, master classes, and a willingness to patiently explain the difference between violins and violas hundreds of times over.


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