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24TH SEASON OF ARTISTIC EXCELLENCE – 2014-15
We are thrilled to unveil our 24th season of great music and inspiring performances!
New Mexico’s finest cellists will gather on September 7th at St Paul Lutheran Church to celebrate the virtuosity and versatility of their instrument in settings small and large. You’ll experience a wide variety of styles – the lively Classical character of early Beethoven, the lush lyricism of the Bohemian cellist-composer David Popper’s Requiem, and the high Brazilian spirits and intricate counterpoint of Villa-Lobos’ Bachianas Brasileiras no. 1. The sublime String Quintet of Brahms will come with a twist – two cellists, one of whom will be playing the tenor viola. We’ll even throw in some jazz. blues, and funk courtesy of Matt Walker’s rousing Squaretet.
We will present our March 15th concert in the fine acoustics of the sanctuary of the First United Methodist Church in downtown Albuquerque. The complex, dancing South African rhythms of David Bruce’s Gumboots will be surrounded by the timeless melodies of Beethoven’s Sonata in c minor for violin and piano and the lyricism and exuberance of Dvorak’s beloved Piano Quintet.
ACS returns to First United Methodist Church for our April 26th concert, which employs music from South America and Europe to illustrate the influence great composers have had on each other. The young Argentinian composer Osvaldo Golijov’s haunting Last Round is a memorial tribute to the tango master Astor Piazzolla, whose brilliant Tango Etude no. 3 for solo violin will also be featured. J.S. Bach’s Concerto for Three Violins, which opens the concert, was performed by Dmitri Shostakovich (in a version for three pianos) in Leipzig in 1950 to commemorate the 200th anniversary of Bach’s death. Shostakovich combined many of Bach’s compositional techniques with his own unique voice in his powerful, shattering Piano Trio no. 2.
Enjoy the Music!
"Distinctive and stylish, warm and lyrical playing by some
of New Mexico's premier musicians"
--D.S.Crafts, Albuquerque Journal
"They see themselves as friends playing for friends....it is intimate,
an experience in which the audience is drawn in and embraced by
the sound, the presence and the unique programming of this dedicated group"
-- C. Robbins, Albuquerque Tribune
Header Photograph by Cindy Young
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