Chamber Music Sedona is celebrating its 40th year this 2022-23 season and with that, some amazing world-class musicians are coming to town.
Their mission is to bring exceptional classical music to the people of Sedona, Verde Valley and Northern Arizona. Their plan is to help enrich their musical culture with some of the best musicians in the world to help promote a love of the performing arts through music education programs. Nick Canellakis, Artistic Director of Chamber Music Sedona, joins us today on Arizona Horizon.
A look at Canellaski’s background
Canellaski is an artist of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, he is also a winner of the prestigious CMS Two International Auditions and was also considered a “superb young soloist”. He is also a former graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music and the New England Conservatory.
He is also a regular guest performer at many of the world’s largest music festivals, including the Ravinia in Santa Fe. Film and theater are other areas of Canellaski’s interests. While participating in seven short films, Canellaski has experience in production and direction. His latest film, “Thin Walls”, has been nominated for awards at many top film festivals.
The History of Sedona Chamber Music
Chamber Music Sedona was established in 1983 as a non-profit organization to present two-week festivals at Verde Valley School. CMS would continue to include concerts in Prescott, Flagstaff, Jerome and Cottonwood. In 2018, CMS then hired Canellakis from the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center as artistic director.
CMS welcomed over 550 new artists into the community to perform, while growing audiences at each concert. Thanks to the power of more dynamic programming, the audience has grown to 200-350 per concert.