Double Reeds and Young Talent
The 12-year-old violin prodigy Phoenix Avalon will perform the first movement of Felix Mendelssohn's “Violin Concerto in E minor.” Mendelssohn (1809-1847) himself was a prodigy, having composed many important works by an early age. The concerto is one of Mendelssohn's signature compositions, and performing it is a rite of passage for any aspiring violinist.
Fresh out of the Conservatory, young virtuoso performers Amanda Talley (Oboe) and Alexander Onieal (Bassoon) will join forces with the extraordinary talents of local pianist, Pamela Viktoria Pyle, in a performance of Poulenc's “Trio for Oboe, Bassoon and Piano.” Poulenc's incredibly diverse compositional style will be on display in this witty, charming, and sensitive work.
Amanda and Alex will also offer up the “Duo for Bassoon and Oboe” by Brazilian composer, Heitor Villa-Lobos (1887-1959). Villa-Lobos is one of the most important Brazilian composers, and his music, in addition to exhibiting influences of Brazilian folk and popular music traditions, is known for it's blinding virtuosity.
Alexander Onieal is currently the acting principal bassoonist of the New Mexico Philharmonic and has performed with many other orchestras including the New York Philharmonic, Williamsburg Symphonia, and Tallahassee Ballet Orchestra. He recently graduated with a Master of Music degree from The Juilliard School.
Amanda Talley is the second oboist and associate English horn of the New Mexico Philharmonic. She also performs with the Figueroa Music and Arts Project, and plays principal oboe for Opera Southwest. Amanda has also performed with many other orchestras, including the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, and Tallahassee Symphony.
Pamela Viktoria Pyle has been recognized for her interpretations of the chamber music literature since Dorothy DeLay first engaged her at The Juilliard School. For more than a decade, she served as a principal pianist in the studios of Miss DeLay and then Itzhak Perlman. This immersion in the piano and string repertoires led to collaborations with members of the Juilliard, American, Ying and Mendelssohn String Quartets.
This week the spoken word portion of the program will be presented by Valerie Martinez Martinez is a poet, educator, playwright, librettist, and collaborative artist. She is the author of six books of poetry including “Absence,” “Luminescent,” “World to World,” and “Each and Her” (nominated for a National Book Award and Pulitzer Prize). Her poems, essays, and translations have appeared widely in journals and anthologies. Valerie is Executive Director and Core Artist with Littleglobe, an artist-run non-profit that collaborates with communities on art, performance and community dialogue projects. Martinez and Brenda Cardenas led an ekphrastic poetry workshop for advanced poets at the Smithsonian in February, 2014, a program of the Institute for Latino Studies in collaboration with the Smithsonian's "Our America: The Latino Presence in American Art" exhibition. Learn more about Valerie at www.valeriemartinez.net
Chatter Sunday Admission prices are $15 regular, $9 for those under 30, and $5 for children under 12, available at the door. The Frequent Attender Pass gives patrons 11 admissions for the price of 10 and can be purchased at the Chatter website, chatterabq.org.