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A great friend of NMPAS, Bette Evans, shared some recent photos that she has taken. In October she drove through the Bisti Badlands near Farmington with a close friend who is a fantastic photographer. Bette herself is also quite a fine photographer, as you will see! Bette is a retired Professor of Political Science at […]

Melide was an important stopping place on our Camino. As mentioned in the last post, we arrived there in the late afternoon on The Feast Day of St. James the Apostle. In case I didn’t explain this clearly, our pilgrimage destination of Santiago de Compostela is where the bones of Santiago Apóstol lie in the […]

We are now departing Portomarín en route to Palas de Rei. I’d like to stress that, for me, the meaning of the pilgrimage lies in the walking itself. The beauty of the quiet countryside certainly enhances the experience, yet a pilgrimage involves both an inner and an outer process, and both are valuable. For those […]

Linda Marianiello, flutist and Executive Director, New Mexico Performing Arts Society (photo credit: Henry Grossman, New York, NY) As I mentioned in the latest post in the Camino de Santiago series, much of my Camino experience provided time to reflect on the past four years in which we – Franz Vote, several Santa Fe singers, […]

Hey all! My name is Sammi Gilbert, and I’m the new intern here at NMPAS. I’m a 19 year old sophomore Contemporary Music Major at the Santa Fe University of Art and Design. This year marks the first double digit anniversary of my time as a classical flute player, and I thought it would be […]

Posted on October 1, 2016 by ladyblithers We are now in León, staying at a wonderful family-run hotel on a beautiful square in the old part of the city. Directly across the square from our hotel is the Basilica de San Isidoro. Many churches along the Camino de Santiago offer to stamp your “Credential del Peregrino” (Pilgrim […]

Tonight we watched “Immortal Beloved”, a truly great film about Beethoven’s life directed by Milos Forman. Seeing it again compelled me to write a few words about Beethoven’s music and the film. If you haven’t seen it, you may want to order it from Netflix. When the film first came out, the trailers about it […]

NMPAS would like to welcome our new intern, Samantha Gilbert. Sammi is a sophomore majoring in Contemporary Music at Santa Fe University of Art and Design. As you can see from the photo, her main instrument is flute. Sammi has lived in many different parts of the US: Born in Massachusetts, she lived for 17 […]

  Tim Willson, a vocal soloist and member of the New Mexico Bach Chorale, commented on the musical side of the “Fireside Opera Chat”: We were elated after the dress rehearsal. It helped make a major change in our attitudes, as we had been feeling as if we had not accomplished enough of our chores […]

The next steps of the journey to Santiago de Compostela took me through Paris to visit a dear friend. We have known each other since 1985. She is a cellist who teaches at several of the most important conservatoires in Paris and lives in a nearby suburb. Here is a photo of Marly le Rois, […]

In July 2016 I spent a month in Europe. My first real vacation in quite some time, it was a beautiful experience from start to finish. NMPAS had just finished our season on July 3rd. On July 5th I got on a plane to Munich, and left everything behind to enjoy music and a pilgrimage […]

The Camino de Santiago and NMPAS have something in common: They are both historic and have many stories to tell. Of course, the Camino has been around for much longer than NMPAS. People began to make pilgrimages from all over Europe beginning in 1100 CE. In walking the Camino one cannot help but think of […]


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