The 33rd season of the Placitas Artists Series opens 3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 8 with a concert titled “Music for Oboe and Strings.” The concert is at Las Placitas Presbyterian Church, about five miles east of Interstate-25 on NM 165.
Single tickets are $25 and are available at The Merc Grocery, Homestead Village Shopping Center, on NM 165 in Placitas, at Under Charlie’s Covers, 160 S. Camino del Pueblo, Bernalillo, at www.placitasarts.org and, if available, at the door.
$15 for students with ID. Any student through grade 12 is free with a paying adult.
Full season and half-season tickets are available at the website PlacitasArtistsSeries.org and at the door.
A 2 p.m. reception will be held for the visual artists whose work is on exhibit in the church lobby.
By David Steinberg
The Placitas Artists Series’ season-opening Sept. 8 concert is a potpourri of compositions for violin, viola, oboe and doublebass.
The program has solos, duos, trios and a quartet. The quartet is an arrangement of a group of ballet scores by Jean-Philippe Rameau’s Suite from “Les Indes Gallantes.”
“Even with four players we have a lot of variety of sound. There’s baroque, and we can play contemporary music,” said violist-concert host Kim Fredenburgh. “I want to present to people music that I love to play.”
Randall Thompson’s Suite for Oboe, Violin and Viola “is a lovely work full of beautiful melodies” that includes American folk fiddling and a movement that sounds like a church hymn chorale, Fredenburgh said.
The other work on the program for three instruments is Johann Michael Haydn’s Divertimento Trio for Oboe, Viola and Violone (basso). It contains a couple of minuets that are sprightly, Fredenburgh said.
There are several pieces for two instruments – W.A. Mozart’s Duo for Violin and Viola, Reinhold Gliere’s Duos for Viola and Doublebass, Opus 39 and Peter Gilbert’s “If one has courage, it is no sorrow to invent songs” for Oboe and Viola.
There are three works for solo instruments – Cármelo de los Santos will perform the Chaconne from J.S. Bach’s Partita No. 2 for Solo Violin, Toby Vigneau will play Francois Rabbath’s “Breiz” for double bass, and Fredenburgh will serve up David Dean Mendoza’s “Threnody” for Solo Viola in the concert opener.
The Mendoza, Fredenburgh said, “is a call to (audience members) to center themselves and be ready to listen.”
The musicians are family or friends. Fredenburgh is married to oboist Kevin Vigneau. Their son, doublebassist Toby Vigneau, is a high school senior. Fredenburgh and Kevin Vigneau are colleagues of de los Santos on UNM’s Music Department faculty.
This Placitas Artists Series this season is a shift in programming. For many years it presented Willy Sucre and Friends in a number of concerts that frequently presented string quartets and string quintets.
“As much as I love string quartets, I don’t want to hear music of one genre,” Fredenburgh said. “My goal is variety (of music) and to hear players in different size groups.”
These are the other announced concerts in the Placitas Artists Series’ 2019-2020 season:
-Oct. 20. The Arc Duo with violinist Cármelo de los Santos and cellist Viktor Uzur.
-Nov. 17. Cellist-host Joan Zucker presents music for piano and strings.
-Dec. 15. Pianist Katie Mahan plays music of Mozart, Liszt, Debussy and Gershwin.
-Jan., 19. Horn player Peter Erb offers up music for horn, violin and piano.
-Feb. 23. Canadian acoustic roots band Beyond the Pale plays music with Balkan, Romanian and Klezmer influences.
-March 15. The duo of clarinetist Maksim Shtrykov and pianist Misuzu Tanaka.
-April 19. Kim Fredenburgh hosts “Songs and Dances,” music for flute and strings.
-May 24. Violinist Eunice Kim and pianist Xiaohui Yang.