SOCORRO, N.M. September 28, 2011 – Sit back, relax and prepare to be charmed by cello and guitar music performed by the Richter Uzur Duo in their Performing Arts Series debut at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 30, in New Mexico Tech’s Macey Center.

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   Viktor Uzur and Brad Richter
“The classical music of these two talented musicians would be the ideal introduction to what is going to be a busy Saturday in Socorro,” PAS Director Ronna Kalish said.

Anyone planning to stay overnight for Saturday’s Enchanted Skies Star Party, the Trinity Site and VLA tours, San Miguel Fiestas or other scheduled events, are invited to listen to a duo that appears on NPR broadcasts of American Public Media’s Performance Today.

Before the concert, Tech Club-Club Macey holds a social on the Macey Center patio from 5 to 7:30 p.m. with delectable appetizers. The club presents social hours for people 21 and over. There is a $5 cover charge if you are not a member of TCCM.

Also before the concert, at 2 p.m., is a free master class and mini-concert at the Jean Macey Recital Hall, just south and west of Macey Center. The class will target the interests of musicians, composers, songwriters, music theory students, guitarists and string players.

Viktor Uzur and Brad Richter met in 2005 when Richter was commissioned by Weber State University in Ogden, Utah, where Uzur is cello professor, to write a concert length chamber piece (Navigating Lake Bonneville).

The piece prominently featured cello and guitar; and, as it developed, so too did a close friendship and a mutual respect that formed the foundation for this collaboration.

“Both musicians had successful solo careers before they formed a duo,” Kalish said. “And they each studied at internationally recognized institutions – Viktor at the Moscow Conservatory, and Brad at the The Royal College of Music.

“I also enjoyed reading that in addition to playing the classics, the musicians started out in rock bands – Viktor as an electric guitarist and Brad as a guitarist and singer,” she said.

The Richter Uzur Duo combines classical, rock and folk music and themes into original compositions – and their method of collaboration is just as unique. Because they live almost 1,000 miles apart, they do a great deal of composing over phone and Internet, and write parts separately, combining and re-developing them while on concert tours together.

“This is a rare form of collaboration,” Kalish said. “It results in distinctive music – and one of the best parts is that their friendship and love for music is obvious both in their music and their performances.”

Tickets are $16 for adults, $14 for seniors, 65 and over, and $8 for youth, 17 and under. Tickets and season subscriptions are available for those living out of town by calling 575-835-5688 or in Socorro, at the Cashier’s Office, Brownbilt Shoes and Western Wear, Burrito Tyme Drive-up or at the door.

Sponsors for the Friday performance are Associated Universities, Inc. (National Radio Astronomy  Observatory), KUNM 89.9 FM Albuquerque, M Mountain Coffeehouse, Holiday Inn Express, New Mexico Arts, and the National Endowment for the Arts.

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By Valerie Kimble/New Mexico Tech