Series ends with piano trio


An elegant program of piano trios and quartets is in store for concert-goers at the final Presidential Chamber Music Concert Series event of the season at 7:30 p.m. March 25 at New Mexico Tech’s Macey Center.

Admission is free to all to the concert featuring the popular violist Willie Sucre and the Matisse Piano Trio.

“Willie has lined up an enchanting program for this final chamber music program in the current Performing Arts Series season,” said Ronna Kalish, longtime PAS director. “Audience response to the sextet program last November, which featured the piano, was very enthusiastic, so we are looking forward to a good turnout Monday night.”

Joining violist Sucre for the chamber concert are Ksenia Nosikova, piano; Katie Wolfe, violin; and Anthony Arnone, cello.

The concert opens with the three movements of Piano Trio in B-flat Major, K502 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart – Allegro, Largetto and Allegretto.

According to Kalish, after the string quartet, the piano trio is the most important chamber ensemble since the Classical era, evoking some of the greatest compositions in the genre.

“It’s believed that Mozart (1756 – 1791) set the standard for piano trios with five compositions written around the time he was 30,” she said.

After intermission, the quartet will perform the four movements of Piano Quartet in E-flat Major, Op.87 by Antonin Dvorák – Allegro con fuoco, Lento, Allegro moderato grazioso and Allegro ma non troppo.

Since Dvorák (1841 – 1904) dated his compositions, it is known that he began the Piano Quartet in E-flat Major on July 10, 1889, and completed it six weeks later. According to sources, this was a very rich time in Dvorák’s life – surrounded by his large family, Dvorák was composing steadily, and receiving accolades across Europe.

The Matisse Piano Trio was formed in 2004 by Nosikova, Wolfe and Arnone, all faculty members at the University of Iowa. While maintaining active solo and teaching careers, the Matisse Trio performs throughout the country, and regularly gives clinics and master classes to college and high school students.

Pianist Nosikova has performed extensively as a soloist and chamber musician in Europe, Russia and both Americas. A graduate of the Moscow Conservatory where she received her undergraduate and master’s degrees, she earned her doctorate. from the University of Colorado. Nosikova is an associate professor of piano at the University of Iowa where she teaches an international studio of graduate and undergraduate students.

Violinist Wolfe received degrees in violin performance from Indiana University and the Manhattan School of Music, before accepting a Fulbright Lecture Award to teach and perform in Bolivia. She taught violin, viola and chamber music at Oklahoma State University for five years and has served as associate concertmaster of the Oklahoma City Philharmonic. Wolfe joined the University of Iowa string faculty in 2004 and continues to enjoy a diverse career as a soloist, teacher and performer.

Cellist Arnone received his Bachelor of Music degree from the New England Conservatory of Music. He has taught classes in cello and conducting at Ripon College, Wis., in addition to being principal cellist of the Madison Symphony. Arnone is an assistant professor of cello at the University of Iowa School of Music, and serves on the faculty of the Eastern Music Festival in Greensboro, N.C., where he teaches, conducts and performs chamber and orchestral music.

Violist Sucre has been and continues to be the driving force behind the “Willy Sucre & Friends” concerts. Born in La Paz, Bolivia, Sucre studied at the Conservatorio Nacional de Musica in La Paz; Colby College Chamber Music Institute in Waterville, Maine; Mannes School of Music in New York; and the Peabody Conservatory in Baltimore, M.D.

He was a member of the former NMSO; conductor and music director of the Albuquerque Philharmonic Orchestra; assistant conductor and principal viola of the Canada Symphony Orchestra in Montreal; assistant conductor and assistant principal viola of the New Mexico Symphony Orchestra; principal viola and guest conductor of the National Symphony of Bolivia, the Chamber Orchestra of La Paz and the Albuquerque Chamber Orchestra. As a chamber musician, Sucre was the founder of the Cuarteto Boliviano, guest violist with various chamber music ensembles, and for 10 years the violist of the Helios String Quartet.


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