The Placitas Artists Series presents music for horn, violin and piano at 3 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 19 at Las Placitas Presbyterian Church, about five miles east of Interstate-25 on NM 165 in Placitas.

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.

A 2 p.m. reception will be held for the visual artists whose work is on exhibit in the church lobby.

By David Steinberg

Peter Erb said he selected the works for the Sunday, Jan. 19 Placitas Artists Series program to show the whole range of three instruments – the horn, the violin and the piano.

Erb, principal horn of the New Mexico Philharmonic, will be in concert at Las Placitas Presbyterian Church with London-based violinist Jenna Sherry and pianist Luke Gullickson of Albuquerque.

Johannes Brahms’ Horn Trio opens the second half of the concert.

“I think it is the most substantial work on the program,” Erb said. “One interesting thing about the trio is that Brahms was inspired to write melody in the first movement from a walk in the woods. (His walks) were part of the compositional process.”

Brahms wrote the trio shortly after the death of his mother from a stroke. “You hear that mourning through the whole piece.. On the whole it’s very affecting, Erb said.

Clara Schumann’s three Romances for Violin and Piano, which closes the first half of the concert, are three actually separate movements. “There’s a flowing first movement, a very lyrical second movement and a third movement that features fast, flowing figures. …It’s really enjoyable to listen to this classical Romantic writing,” Erb  said.

Opening the concert is Frederic Nicolas Duvernoy’s Trio No. 2 in F major for Horn and Violin and piano, followed by Hans Abrahamsen’s Six Pieces, rearranged for horn, violin and piano.

The Abrahamsen, originally written for solo piano, “has a pacing to it that seems romantic even though the tonal structure isn’t necessarily all that perceptible,” Erb said.

Like Brahms, Abrahamsen played horn as a young man and then became a composer.

Abrahamsen’s opera “The Snow Queen” premiered a few months ago at the Bavarian State Opera.

Closing the concert is Robert Schumann’s Adagio and Allegro, Opus 70, for Horn and Piano. Erb considers it a showpiece for the two instruments.

This is the third time Erb has played on the Placitas Artists Series. The first two were with Willy Sucre & Friends.

“This is the first time organizing a concert. It’s a great opportunity. I’m thrilled to put together a whole program and have free rein to choose the composers,” Erb said.

Erb and Sherry, both natives of New Orleans, knew each other as members of that city’s youth orchestra.

Erb is also principal horn of the Arizona Opera Orchestra.

Sherry performs with chamber orchestras across Europe and teaches at the Royal Conservatory in The Hague.

Gullickson regularly plays with Chatter and the Opera Southwest Orchestra; he is a founding member of the Grant Wallace Band. He’s also a guitarist, a composer and an improviser.