The chamber concert “Summer Winds,” is at 7 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 2 at First Unitarian Church, Carlisle and Comanche NE. Tickets are $12 general public, $8 seniors, students and working poor. Part of the proceeds of ticket sales go to Albuquerque healthcare for the Homeless.
By David Steinberg
There’s music of Bach on the Sunday, Aug. 2 Summer Winds concert. Not Johann Sebastian Bach, nor any of his composer-sons.
It’s a present-day American composer named Jan Bach. His piece, which opens the concert program, is 2-Bit Contraptions for Flute and Horn, composed in 1970.
“The first contraption is ‘Calliope,’ with delusions of grandeur the organ of the big top attempts a romantic waltz,” horn player Thomas Heady offers the composer’s description.
The second contraption is titled “Gramophone.” Heady quotes Bach as explaining it thusly: “An early lo-fi phonograph plays broken-record variations on a 1920s dance theme.”
Playing it with Heady is flutist Alaina Diehl.
The next piece is John Steinmetz’s Duet for Oboe and Bassoon.
Heady said oboist Melissa Sassaman and bassoonist Stephanie Przybylska, who are performing the work, were part of the team that commissioned it.
The work was inspired in part by a J.S. Bach aria, West African drum patterns and American folk and pop songs, according to Heady.
The second half of the program opens with Francis Poulenc’s Duet for Clarinet and Bassoon. It is performed by Przybylska and Lori Lovato.
Closing the concert is a wind quintet by August Klughardt, a German Romantic composer and conductor. “It’s kind of a pastoral, with a number of different moods,” Heady said.
The concert is part of an intermittent series called Romancing the Horn.
Heady is a former member of the Tucson Symphony and has played with the Phoenix Symphony, the New Mexico Symphony Orchestra and the Santa Fe Opera Orchestra.
Przybylska is principal bassoon of the New Mexico Philharmonic and is a founding member of Altura Winds.
Lovato is second clarinet of the philharmonic and plays in the Santa Fe Symphony.
Diehl has played with Santa Fe Pro Musica and the Opera Southwest orchestra.
Sassaman has played with with the philharmonic, the Santa Fe Symphony, the Opera Southwest orchestra and is also a founding member of Altura Winds.