Chamber Concert Features West Shore Piano Trio

Chamber Concert Features West Shore Piano Trio

SOCORRO, N.M. – Violist Willy Sucre will join the West Shore Piano Trio to perform works by Brahms and Dvořák as part of the New Mexico Tech Presidential Chamber Music Series in a concert at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 13 at Macey Center.

This concert is free, thanks to sponsorship by New Mexico Tech President Dr. Stephen Wells under the umbrella of the Performing Arts Series (PAS) and supported by Socorro Springs.


The West Shore Piano trio is James DeWire, Diana Flesner, and Heather Haughn.


The evening’s entertainment package, “Canvas, Cocktails and Free Piano Trios Concert,” includes an optional painting session under the direction of local artist B.J. Lesperance, and a Tech Club/Club Macey social hour featuring taquitos, spanakopita and veggies ($30 members, $35 non-members) from 5 to 7 p.m. (835-5688 to order tickets).

“The cooler weather lends itself to a kind of coziness, and our ‘Canvas, Cocktails and Free Piano Trios Concert’ fits right into that atmosphere,” said PAS Director Ronna Kalish. “This is the first time we’ve wrapped an art session into a social hour preceding one of Willy’s chamber concerts.”

The well-known violist and the face of the Willy & Friends concerts will be joined on the Macey Center stage by members of the West Shore Piano Trio – Heather Haughn on violin, James DeWire on piano and Diana Flesner on cello.

Johannes Brahms (1833 – 1897) was a German composer and pianist of the Romantic period. His reputation and status as a composer is such that he is sometimes grouped with Johann Sebastian Bach and Ludwig van Beethoven as one of the “Three Bs” of music.


Willy Sucre 


Brahms composed “Piano Trio in C minor, Op. 101” in the summer of 1886 while on vacation in Hofstetten, Switzerland. Scored for piano, violin and cello, the trio is performed in four movements: Allegro energico, Presto non assai, Andante grazioso and Allegro molto.

Antonín Dvořák (1841 – 1904) was a Czech composer whose musical gifts were evident early; he was an apt violin student from age six. Many of his works show the influence of Czech folk music, both in terms of elements such as rhythms and melodic shapes.

Dvořák composed “Piano Quartet No. 2 in E flat Major, Op. 87” in 1889 when he was 47 or 48 years old. It is written in four movements: Allegro con fuoco, Lento, Allegro moderato, grazioso and Allegro ma non troppo.

Since their first performance on the Western Shore of the Chesapeake Bay in 2008, the West Shore Piano Trio has brought passion, color and penetrating insight to the works they perform, not only through their playing but also through their commentary and interaction with audiences. Praised for their “fluid” and “sultry” playing, the West Shore Piano Trio brings new life to the monuments of the trio literature.

The WSPT believes the better informed an audience is about a work, the more deeply they will appreciate its performance. To this end, the members of the trio accompany each concert with brief verbal commentary in jargon-free language that enables the music to be understood by non-musicians and musicians alike.

Let’s meet the musicians:

Pianist Jay DeWire has appeared up and down the Eastern Seaboard, and is becoming known for both his dynamic interpretations of 20th Century works and his “old world flair.” He began playing piano at age four and gave his first solo recital at 12. He received a bachelor’s with high distinction and a master’s in piano performance from the University of Virginia, and a master’s from the New England Conservatory. In December of 2007 he received a D.M.A. from the University of Maryland School of Music (College Park).

Violinist Heather Haughn enjoys a diverse career as an active chamber musician, orchestral player and teacher. She is on the faculty of Goucher College and the Duke Ellington School of the Arts. Haughn received her bachelor’s from the Eastman School of Music where she studied with Lynn Blakeslee. She received a master’s from Rice University where she studied with Kathleen Winkler.

Diana Flesner, cello, received her DMA from the University of Illinois, where she studied with Brandon Vamos. Originally from Gettysburg, Pa., she received her masetr’s from San Francisco Conservatory and her bachelor’s magna cum laude from Middlebury College with a double major in music and Russian language/literature. She has participated in Manchester Music Festival and The Quartet Program at Bucknell and has played in master classes or coached with members of the Pacifica, Miró, Miami, Kocian, Tokyo, Juilliard, Tákacs, and Kronos Quartets.

Violist Sucre is a member of the New Mexico Philharmonic and the driving force behind the “Willy Sucre & Friends” concerts. A native of La Paz, Bolivia, Sucre’s experience includes chamber music concerts, lectures, school demonstrations, CD recordings and television performances. He enjoys performing with ensembles of diverse instrumentation.