Piano and composer prodigy Emily Bear, in town to record overdubs for her new album, will squeeze in a performance at today's free Bach's Lunch recital at the El Paso Museum of Art.
It's at noon.
Emily is in town for a recording session with cellist Zuill Bailey on Wednesday at El Paso's El Adobe Studios. She'd never met the El Paso cellist before, but the two hit it off and today's performance, during which she'll play a medley, was a late addition to her itinerary here.
Bailey is the artistic director of El Paso Pro-Musica, which puts on the El Paso Chamber Music Festival, of which the Thursday Bach's Lunch series is a part.
Bailey was hired to record parts to four of Emily's original songs on Wednesday at El Adobe Studios, where Juan Gabriel and Lynyrd Skynyrd have recorded.
The overdubs, which may or may not make the final release, are for "Diversity," an aptly titled album of 12 original songs by the young talent from Rockford, Ill.
Read about it here.
It's being produced by the fabled Quincy Jones, who signed on as Emily's manager nearly two years ago. That says a lot. If nothing else, Jones forever will be known as the guy who shepherded Michael Jackson's "Thriller," one of the top-selling albums of all time, to fruition.
"Diversity," which ranges from jazz to classical to pop, should hit retail and digital outlets the first week of May.
It's her sixth album overall, but first for the Concord Music Group, which put the pianist and cellist together. Both are signed to the label (Bailey records for Concord's classical label, Telarc).
The rest of today's Bach's Lunch will include performances by members of the Boston Music Chamber Society quartet, who also will perform Feb. 1 and Feb. 2.
Go to elpasopromusica.org for more info.