The Albuquerque Chamber Soloists will be in concert at 3 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 14 at St. Paul Lutheran Church, 1100 Indian School NE. Music of W.A. Mozart, George Frideric Handel, Johannes Brahms and Meredith Monk. Tickets are $15 general public, $12 seniors, $5 students. Advance tickets are available online at http://www.abqcs.com and at PianoWerkes, 4640 Menaul NE, through Jan. 12. Thereafter at the door.
By David Steinberg
The Albuquerque Chamber Soloists will offer in its Sunday, Jan. 14 concert works from three major periods of music – Baroque, Classical and Romantic.
There’s one more, a 21st century work – Meredith Monk’s “Stringsongs.”
ACS artistic director James Holland likes to slip in modern pieces in ACS programs. “And I’ve gotten good responses to them,” Holland said.
The Monk is a string quartet composed in 2005.
“She’s considered fairly avant grade but this is really beautiful. The overall feeling is ethereal,” Holland said. “There are four movements and for three of them we spend more of our time playing apart than together. But those separate things kind of come together to form other interesting textures.”
He said there are bursts of sounds in notes coming from each of the four players.
In the piece, Holland is on cello, Kim Fredenburgh on viola and David Felberg and Megan Holland on violins.
The Baroque work is George Frideric Handel’s Trio Sonata in G minor. The instruments are two violins (Megan Holland and Leonard Felberg), cello (James Holland) and bass continuo (harpsichordist Terri Reck).
“Megan was a student of Lennie’s and our daughters have played for him. We have such respect for him as a teacher and a mentor. He’s still eager to get on stage and play and we’re happy to have him do that,” James Holland said.
W.A. Mozart’s String Quartet in G major (“Spring”) represents the Classical period.
Holland said it’s the first of a group of six quartets Mozart composed in honor of Franz Joseph Haydn.
“Haydn is known in chamber music as the creator of the string quartet and he was a mentor to Mozart,” he said, noting that he praised Mozart’s string quartet writing to his father.
Performing the Mozart are violinists David Felberg and Michael Shu, violist Fredenburgh and cellist Holland.
The work from the Romantic period is Johannes Brahms’ Trio for Horn, Violin and Piano.
“Brahms composed it a short time after his mother died. Scholars believe that had a lot of emotional influence on this trio and they usually point to the slow movement. It’s very elegiac. And he also included a melody of a German children’s folksong. So there’s an edge of nostalgia in it,” Holland said.
The musicians in it are violinist Megan Holland, horn player Nathan Ukens and pianist Debra Ayers.