Taos Chamber Music Group opens its 26th season this weekend in the Arthur Bell Auditorium at the Harwood Museum of Art, 238 Ledoux St., Taos. Flutist Nancy Laupheimer (the group’s director), cellist Sally Guenther, and pianist Kim Bakkum are joined by violinist and social activist Vijay Gupta, a member of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, who will also speak about music in society. Performances of the program, which includes works by Bach and by Reena Esmail, take place at 5:30 p.m. on both Saturday, Sept. 22, and Sunday, Sept. 23. Tickets ($25, $12 for students) can be reserved through taoschamber musicgroup.org/tickets. — J.M.K. In the world-famous Nrityagram Dance Ensemble collaborates with Chitrasena Dance Company in a fusion of classical Odissi-style dance from India and Kandyan, traditional high-country dance from Sri Lanka. Odissi is emotional, precise, and narrativedriven, while Kandyan displays the dancers’ technical skills -and soulful embodiments of the form. Though
is sometimes described as a fusion of these two styles, the choreography distinctly showcases the differences between them while celebrating women dancers. Santa Fe Ballet presents Nrityagram Dance Ensemble’s at 8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 27 at the Lensic Performing Arts Center. Tickets are $36-$94, ticketssantafe.org. — J.L.