The Camerata Del Sol Chamber Players, under the leadership of violinist and artistic director
Daniel Vega-Albela, is preparing for their biggest concert of the season. The chamber music
ensemble will take the stage on Friday, September 17 at La Viña Winery, located at 4201 S
Highway 28 in Anthony, New Mexico. Doors will open at 6:00 PM and the concert will
commence at 6:30 PM.
On this occasion, Camerata Del Sol Chamber Players joins forces with clarinetist John
Pleasant, who will make his debut with the ensemble for this special evening. Mr. Pleasant
began music at age 7, and has performed in band, orchestra, opera, ballet, big band, musicals,
an avante-garde ensemble (1970s), early music on historic instruments, and all varieties of
chamber music. Helping younger students in high school developed into studio teaching
continuing until 2020. In 1980, maintenance, repair and restoration of woodwind instruments
began, filling the rest of a busy musical life.
Playing alongside Mr. Pleasant and Mr. Vega-Albela will be Brigid McCarthy, the concertmaster
of Las Cruces Symphony, James Carney, the principal cellist of El Paso Symphony, and Mara
Arredondo, section violist of both the Las Cruces Symphony and the El Paso Symphony. “It is
always an honor to have the opportunity to work with such first-rate musicians who also happen
to be local fixtures of our music scene,” said Vega-Albela. “We are so lucky to have them in our
area. Not only are they true pros when it comes to music making, they also happen to be
wonderful colleagues and wonderful friends.”
The musicians will open the program with Mozart’s celebrated string quartet no. 19 in C Major,
dubbed “Dissonance” for its eerie opening and unusual harmonic choices. Following
intermission, Mr. Pleasant will join the quartet to perform “Souvenirs de voyage,” a clarinet
quintet by American film composer Bernard Herrmann, who collaborated with filmmaker Alfred
Hitchcock for many years. Those familiar with only the most popular cinematic scores of
Bernard Herrmann may be surprised to find there was a tender, lyrical side to the composer.
Written in 1967, the clarinet quintet was Herrmann’s final concert work. The first movement was
inspired by A.E. Houseman’s poem On Wenlock Edge (previously set to music as a song cycle
by Vaughan Williams), the second by John Millington Synge’s novel Riders to the Sea (also
set—as an opera—by Vaughan Williams), and the third by the Venetian watercolors of J.M.W.
The classical musicians will be followed by a showcase of soul and folk music, to be performed
by Las Cruces natives Amalia Zeitlin (vocals) and Julio Campos (guitar) at 8:00 PM.
The concert will be outdoors, with plenty of room to socially distance, and guests are invited to
partake in an outdoor wine bar and the food trucks present at the event. Attendees are also
encouraged to carpool when possible and bring their own chair or blanket to enjoy the concert.
Admission for the concert is $10 for adults and free for students and children. Tickets can be
purchased at the door via cash, check, or credit card. Reserve your tickets in advance by
emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Funds raised through this event will be used to provide
instruments to children for Camerata Del Sol’s music education initiatives, as well as to continue
offering free monthly concerts at Good Samaritan Society, as well as other senior centers
throughout the region.
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