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A Visitors Guide to Northern New Mexico

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    A publication of the Sangre de Cristo Chronicle

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    In the Northern New Mexico mountain communities of Angel Fire, Taos, Raton and Las Vegas, Music from Angel Fire will celebrate its 30th Anniversary Season with Chick Corea as the 2013 composer-in-residence.

    The festival will delight audiences with enchanting chamber music from Aug. 16 through Sept. 1 in 15 concerts featuring works from the Baroque to the Contemporary periods. Included among the 2013 artists will be Artistic Director Ida Kavafian on violin, Ani Kavafian on violin, Anne-Marie McDermott on piano, Peter Wiley on cello, Tara Helen OConnor on flute, Richard Stoltzman on clarinet, Susanne Mentzer with her mezzo soprano, the Harlem Quartet and Imani Winds.

    The second annual Music Walk will be held in Angel Fire on July 6. The first year of this fun, outdoors event to benefit the festival was so well received that it will be expanded this year to include a walk, a 5K run and 30-mile bike race.

    Robertson and Sons Violin Shop in Albuquerque will host Ida Kavafian and friends on Aug. 10. This pre-season event will be a perfect occasion to mingle with select festival artists in an intimate setting for a special performance to benefit Music from Angel Fire followed by a reception with the artists.

    To celebrate the 30th anniversary, Ida Kavafian will be programming 30 favorites from chamber music repertoire and past festival seasons. Music from Angel Fire will commence its season with opening night in Angel Fire on Aug. 16. Closer Encounters on Aug. 16 and 21 will provide the public with an insiders view of rehearsals up close and personal. They will be informal, fun, educational and free. Ida Kavafian will host two enlightening evenings of Musical Conversations at the United Church of Angel Fire on Aug. 18 and 29. The beautiful and historic Shuler Theater in Raton will once again be the setting for the Complimentary Community Concert on Aug. 20, and the Las Vegas concert will be

    held in the Ilfeld Auditorium on the campus of New Mexico Highlands University on Aug. 23. Four exciting concerts will be performed at the Taos Center for the Arts on Aug. 17, 24, 28 and 31. The festivals Salon Concert in Angel Fire will provide experiences from the sublime to the ridiculous. In addition to time-honored musical selections, hilarity will ensue in this crowd-pleasing event, which will be followed by the annual Southwestern Art Auction at the Lodge at Angel Fire Resort on Aug. 25. Music from Angel

    Fire will host a Gala Dinner and Dance Aug. 30 as a part of the 30th anniversary festivities.

    The festival will present a world premiere by the 2013 Composer-in-Residence Chick Corea in Angel Fire, commissioned by Music from Angel Fire and funded in part by the Bruce E. Howden, Jr. American Composers Project. An NEA Jazz Master, 20-time Grammy winner, prolific composer and undisputed keyboard virtuoso Chick Corea has attained living-legend status after four decades of unparalleled creativity and an artistic output that is simply staggering. From straight ahead to avant-garde, bebop to fusion, childrens songs to chamber music, along with some far-reaching forays into symphonic works, Corea has touched an astonishing number of musical bases in his illustrious career while maintaining a standard of excellence that is awe-inspiring.

    Exceptionally talented young artists from the famed Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia will broaden their concert experience and repertoire by performing in festival concerts as a part of the Young Artist Program, celebrating its 15th anniversary. The talent of these young artists will also be shared with schoolchildren in more than 30 classroom concerts, demonstrations and interactive lectures in communities across Northern New Mexico though the festivals Music in Our Schools program.

    For more information and updates on Music from Angel Fire events, visit

    Music from Angel Fire commissions Chick Corea

    A string ensemble performs at a past Music from Angel Fire event.

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    Angel Fire Resort is offering more summer activities this year than ever before. Along with new trails at Angel Fire Bike Park, the Resort provides the Zipline Adventure Tour, high-altitude golfing, tennis, stocked fishing lakes, scenic hiking trails, a disc golf course, outdoor movie nights, festivals, fine and al fresco dining establishments and live entertainment for summer guests.

    Zipline tourBack for its second summer, the Angel Fire Zipline

    Adventure Tour is one of the highest-elevation zipline tours in the United States and the first of its kind in New Mexico. The tour connects six multiple ziplines of varying lengths and descents. The adventure begins with an introductory zipline of only 100 feet and works up to the Super Zipline, which carries guests on a 1,600-foot cable 200 feet above the forest floor. The side-by-side cables on the Super Zipline give participants the chance to race each other down the mountain.

    While Angel Fire Resort offers thrill seekers the high-elevation segments that start at the 10,600-foot

    summit, it also offers milder courses for younger families or anyone looking to zipline for the very first time. While there are no age restrictions, participants must weigh 100 to 270 pounds to participate. Pricing starts at $105 per rider. Reservations began in April, with the zipline scheduled to open May 17.

    Bike parkAngel Fire Resort now offers 50 miles of new and

    enhanced trails for riders of all abilities. In an effort to appeal to the beginner and intermediate rider, the Angel Fire Bike Park has expanded and reworked the trails so beginners will have a safe and controlled environment to learn the sport, improve their basic skills and fine-tune the right technique for difficult sections. The bike park also boasts the longest season in the Rockies with all trails open from May 17 to Oct. 27, offering riders 108 days of riding, weather permitting.

    This year, riders will experience the expansion along the backside of the mountain with the new Enduro Trails. Simply take the lift up and enjoy the scenic surroundings and biking opportunities on the

    Angel Fire Resort offers more summer funPictured from left are the Angel Fire Bike Park, Angel Fire Resort tennis courts and Angel Fire Zipline Adventure Tour.


    Photo courtesy of Atmosphere Photos

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    backside and either download or choose a plethora of trails to descend down the front. Daily passes start at $30, and a Summer Gravity Pass that allows unlimited lift access all summer long is available for $250. The bike park also offers full rentals and lessons for those trying out the sport for the first time. For more information go to

    Golf course Situated at 8,600 feet in elevation, Angel Fire

    Resorts high-altitude, 18-hole PGA Championship golf course offers affordable play to guests and its members. Widely regarded as one of the most stunning in the West, the course is tucked beneath the imposing Sangre de Cristo Mountains. The course has undergone some recent renovations, including improvements to the 10th green complex and the driving range.

    Don Willingham, from Granbury, Texas will observe his second year at Angel Fire Resort as the director of golf. Willingham has been a PGA member since 1980 and brings on a wealth of experience from several clubs over the years as the director of golf and director of instruction.

    This summer, Willingham will manage the golf operation and is starting a new golf school at Angel Fire Country Club for all types of players. It will be geared to grow the game with two to four-day golf packages for golfers new to the game as well as those highly skilled players who want to take their game to the next level.

    In addition, the high elevation provides golfers relief from the summer heat and some serious extra distance on their drives, and all starting for $59 a round, including shared cart. The course was scheduled to open May 10, weather permitting.

    TennisLocated at Olympic Park just

    south of the Lodge at Angel Fire Resort on U.S. 434, the Angel Fire Resort Tennis Center includes six hard courts for use by Resort members, guests and visitors to the Moreno Valley. The Tennis Center is open May 1 through Oct. 31, from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Clinics, lessons, tournaments and weekly play are all available. Youth Tennis Camps will also be offered July 8-11, July 22-25 and Aug. 5-8. Adult Camps will be offered June 29-30 and July 27-28.

    Fine diningWith views of Wheeler Peak,

    the tallest point in New Mexico, the clubhouse provides state-

    of-the-art golf and membership amenities. The many features of the Angel Fire Resort Golf and Country Club include a full-service golf shop with an on-staff PGA pro instructor, a modern fitness center with yoga room, a private wine room with storage for more than 2,000 bottles, an upscale fine dining restaurant, an elegant and lively bar, an outside summer dining patio, the downstairs Par & Grill Caf offering lighter fare and patio dining, a 5,200 square-foot Grand

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