Guitar Featured in Upcoming ‘Willy & Friends’ Concert

SOCORRO, N.M. January 12, 2015 – Spotlight is on the strings for the third of four concerts in the 2014-15 Presidential Chamber Music Series set for 7:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 19, 2015 at New Mexico Tech’s Macey Center and featuring “Willy Sucre and Friends” performing  quartets for guitar, violin, viola and cello.

The concert is presented under the umbrella of the University’s Performing Arts Series and with the support from Tech President Dr. Daniel H. López; the performance is free to all.


Willy Sucre returns to Tech for the third free concert of the season on Monday, Jan. 19. 


Joining violist Sucre will be Javier Calderon on guitar, Kryzystof Zimowski on violin and Joanna D’Kayser on cello, to perform Quartet for Violin, Guitar, Viola and Cello by Franz Schubert, Solo Guitar by Johann Sebastian Bach, and Guitar Quartet for Violin, Viola, Cello and Guitar, No. 2 Op. 4 in C Major by Nicolo Paganini.

“Willy has come up with another fantastic program for chamber music aficionados, and the PAS is again grateful to President López for his generosity in offering the concert free of charge,” said PAS Director Ronna Kalish.

Sucre also has something in common with the evening’s featured guitarist, Calderón, who played his solo recital debut at Carnegie Hall: Both musicians were born in La Paz, Bolivia, later emigrating to the U.S.

The program opens with Schubert (1797 – 1828), an Austrian composer who died at 31, but was extremely prolific during his lifetime. His output consists of over six hundred secular vocal works, seven complete symphonies, operas and a large body of chamber and piano music.

Quartet for Violin, Guitar, Viola and Cello, written in 1814, features five movements: I. Moderato, II. Menuetto, III. Lento e Patetico, IV. Zingara, and V. Tema con Variazioni

Calderón will play Bach (1685 – 1750) in performing Solo Guitar. Compositions for the guitar, or lute, comprise only a small portion of the German composer’s oeuvre. Sources indicate that only seven solo lute compositions have survived.

Following intermission, the quartet will perform Quartet for Violin, Viola, Cello and Guitar Op. 4/2 by Nicolò Paganini (1782 – 1840), believed to be written around 1918, ironically coinciding with the year of the Schubert piece.

The composition was written in four movements: I. Moderato, II. Minuetto – Andante, III. Largetto, and IV. Rondo Allegretto.

Paganini was an Italian violinist, violist, guitarist, and composer, and was the most celebrated violin virtuoso of his time. Kalish notes that the Genoan-born musician had exceptionally long fingers, and could play three octaves across four strings in a hand span.

Now let’s meet Willy Sucre and Friends.

One of the most expressive guitarists of our time, Calderón now tours extensively in the U.S., Europe, South America, and the Far East. He appears regularly as concert soloist with a number of celebrated orchestras, and has performed chamber music concerts with cellist Yo Yo Ma, among other prominent musicians.

His concerts have been broadcast by PBS in the U.S., Radio Television Española in Europe, and by the Voice of America in Latin America.

Violinist Zimowski is currently concertmaster of the New Mexico Philharmonic and the Opera Southwest Orchestra. For more than a decade, he was the concertmaster and featured soloist of the former New Mexico Symphony Orchestra.

Born in Wroclaw, Poland, he began his musical studies at the age of six. In 1977, Zimowski received his master’s degree with honors from the Academy of Music in Wroclaw. He moved to New Mexico in 1986 to help form the Helios String Quartet, the ensemble-in-residence of PAS from 1987 until 1997. Zimowski lives in Albuquerque with his wife, Urszula, also a musician, and their son.

Cellist de Keyser is Professor Emerita at the University of New Mexico (UNM). After winning a medal at the Geneva International Competition, she has performed extensively in a solo and chamber music capacity throughout the U.S. and Europe. She received high acclaim from major music critics for her solo performances in several American cities and abroad.

Ms. de Keyser is a participant in the Arts-In-Medicine Program at UNM, where she performs for patients at the UNM Hospital.

Violist Sucre is a member of the New Mexico Philharmonic and the driving force behind the “Willy Sucre and Friends” concerts. As a chamber musician, Sucre was founder of the Cuarteto Boliviano, guest violist with various chamber music ensembles, and for 10 years the violist of the Helios String Quartet.

His experience includes extensive chamber music concerts, lectures and school demonstrations, CD recordings, and television performances throughout South, Central, and North America. Sucre enjoys performing with ensembles of diverse instrumentation.

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By Valerie Kimble/New Mexico Tech