SOCORRO, N.M. March 16, 2011 – Violist Willy Sucre has delighted Socorro audiences over the years, more recently in performances with the Presidential Chamber Music Series sponsored by New Mexico Tech’s Performing Arts Series.

As an added bonus, the performances are free to all, courtesy of university president Dr. Daniel H. López, and with the support of Socorro Springs Brewery.

Willy Sucre

Thomas O'Connor

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Jacquelyn Helin

Sucre will be joined by oboist Thomas O'Connor and pianist Jacquelyn Helin at 7:30 p.m. Monday, March 21, at Macey Center for the third performance in this season’s Presidential Chamber Music Series.

On the evening’s program are trios for oboe, viola and piano interpreting works of two German composers, August Friedrich Martin Klughardt and Charles Martin Loeffler, and several works for solo piano by J.S. Bach and Frederic Chopin.

The three musicians will open the program with Klughardt’s “Schilflieder for Oboe, Viola, and Piano, Op.28,” followed by J.S. Bach’s “Chromatic Fantasy and Fugue, BWV 903” for piano.  The second half opens  with two shorter works for piano by Frederic Chopin, “Prelude in D-flat Major, Op. 28, No. 15 ("Raindrop"), and the “Nocturne in C Minor, Op. 48, No. 1,” followed by Loeffler’s “Deux Rapsodies for Oboe, Viola, and Piano”: I. L'Etang (the Pool) and II. La Cornermuse (the Bagpipe).

Klughardt was born on Nov. 30, 1847, in Köthen. He took his first piano and music theory lessons at the age of 10, and soon began to compose his first pieces.

In 1866, his compositions were made public for the first time. One year later, he began to earn his living as a conductor. From 1869 to 1873, he worked at the court theatre in Weimar where he met Franz Liszt.

During this time he wrote the Schilflieder, which means reed songs for oboe, viola and piano. The five stanzas of Nikolaus Lenau’s poem are printed in the score and set the mood for each of the five movements.

From 1882 to the end of his life, he was director of music at the court in Dessau. Klughardt died suddenly on August 3, 1902 in Roßlau at the age of 54.

Loeffler was born on Jan. 30, 1861, in Schöneberg, near Berlin. His principal instrument was the violin; by the age of 13, he had decided to become a professional violinist, studying both in Germany and France.

On July 27, 1881, he arrived in New York, armed with a letter of introduction and immediately found employment playing in the New York Symphony Orchestra. In the fall of 1882, he assumed the post of assistant concertmaster for the Boston Symphony Orchestra, a position he held for over 20 years.

Having established himself in professional circles as an accomplished musician, Loeffler dedicated more of his time to composition. Rapsodies was written in 1898, as a vocal setting of three poems by the French poet Maurice Rollinat.

In this arrangement, Loeffler replaces the original voice and clarinet parts with a prominent oboe part. The Deux Rapsodies for oboe, viola and piano was recomposed in 1901, from Nos. 1 & 2 of the three original Rhapsodies.

In 1903, he retired from the Boston Symphony Orchestra after 21 years of service, and two years later, settled in Medfield, Mass, where he died on May 19, 1935.

The “Chromatic Fantasy and Fugue, BWV 903,” considered one of Bach’s best known works, is an extravagant piece of virtuosity and bold harmonic structure.  It is an extraordinary work - large, sprawling, emotional, and unique in its character compared to the rest of Bach's music.

Sucre needs no introduction to Socorro audiences, as a onetime member of the Helios Quartet, an ensemble-in-residence through PAS, and frequent concert appearances with Willy Sucre & Friends.

During the summer, Sucre travels throughout South America to find new works of chamber music by modern composers, and to encourage composers both here and in South America to write new pieces, especially piano quartets.

His experience includes extensive chamber music concerts, lectures and school demonstrations, CD recordings, and television performances throughout South, Central, and North America.

Steinway Artist Jacquelyn Helin has performed with orchestras in the major music capitals of Europe and the United States. As winner of the Artists International Competition, Helin played her New York debut to a sold-out audience in Carnegie Recital Hall.

She also has performed with the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival, the Taos Concert Association, Soundscapes, Santa Fe New Music, Chatter, the Ballet Pro Musica and many other groups.

Since 2005, Helin has served as music director of the United Church of Santa Fe, and frequently collaborates with composers in premieres of their works.

She recently joined the faculty of the New Mexico School for the Arts, and maintains a large private studio in Santa Fe.

Oboist Thomas O’Connor is the co-founder, music director and conductor of Santa Fe Pro Musica, and has performed with all of the major classical music organizations in New Mexico including the Santa Fe Opera, the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival, Music from Angel Fire and the New Mexico Symphony Orchestra.

He frequently performs outside of New Mexico with festivals and orchestras, and spent a stint as artistic director of the Ernest Bloch Music Festival at Newport in Oregon. He also served on the faculty of Texas Tech University.

O’Connor has recordings with Sony, Telarc and Dorian including a Grammy-nominated disc of the chamber version of Mahler’s “Das Lied von der Erde” for Dorian Records.

He is a graduate of the University of New Mexico and has pursued graduate studies at the Conservatory of Music at the University of Missouri at Kansas City and at the Institut des Hautes Etudes Musicale, Montreux, Switzerland.

Prior to the concert, Tech Club - Club Macey, social club for 21 and over, will host a social hour with light appetizers.

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By Valerie Kimble/For New Mexico Tech

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