Coro de Cámara Presents ‘Rhapsody’ May 20-21

Pianist Nate Salazar, second from left, and the string quartet who will accompany the chorus during the ‘Rhapsody’ concert May 20-21 in Los Alamos. From left, violist Brian Newnam, Salazar, cellist Dana Winograd, violinist Kay Newnam and violinist Ari Le. Courtesy photo


Coro de Camara News:
The Coro de Cámara 2016-2017 Season continues with the “Rhapsody”concert:

  • Saturday, May 20 at 7 p.m. at The United Church of Los Alamos, 2525 Canyon Road; and 
  • Sunday, May 21 at 3 p.m. at The Unitarian Church of Los Alamos, 1738 N. Sage St.

Chorus, piano, and guest string quartet perform the music of Brahms, Dvořák, and Fauré. Special treat: the thrilling 1st movement from Dvořák’s Piano Quintet No. 2 in A Major, Op. 81. Pre-concert lectures by Dr. Nelly Case will begin 30 minutes prior to the May 20 and 21 performances in Los Alamos.

Nelly Case, lecturer and program notes writer, holds a doctorate in Musicology from Boston University and degrees in Piano Performance from Yale University and Ohio State University (M.M. and B.M.). She was on the faculty at SUNY Potsdam and the Crane School from 1991-2016, teaching courses in music theory, literature and style, women in music and organ. Dr. Case is an active performer collaborating with many artists on piano, organ, viola, and as a church musician. She appeared as guest pianist in Coro’s “Gloria!” concert this past December.


Kay Newnam, violinist, grew up in Los Alamos and began her musical education here. Post-high school, she studied at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia. Kay has taught many talented young people and played hundreds of concerts in New Mexico and Colorado during her career. A top priority for Kay is continuing to unfold as a musician and violinist, along with developing her passions for carpentry and landscape design. This is Kay’s third appearance with Coro de Cámara.


Brian Newnam, violist, found his passion for violins and chamber music while a graduate student of physics at the University of Southern California. From 1972-2002, Dr. Newnam applied his optical and laser expertise to several large programs at Los Alamos National Laboratory.  Since retirement, he has focused on performing great works of chamber music. He also serves as Editor of the Journal of the Violin Society of America. This is Brian’s second appearance with Coro de Cámara.


Ari Le, violinist, began playing the violin and viola while growing up in New York and continued to play in orchestras and chamber ensembles in Boston and San Diego. He has studied with Lucy Corwin, Hisako Resnick, Charles Sherba, and Rictor Noren. Ari is a postdoctoral fellow in plasma physics at the Los Alamos National Laboratory.

Dana Winograd, cellist, received her Bachelors and Masters degrees in performance from the Juilliard School. While in New York, she led an active freelance career, playing at Carnegie Hall, on Broadway, and for artists such as Rod Stewart, Manhattan Transfer, and Harry Connick, Jr. Now a Santa Fe resident, Dana is a member of the New Mexico Philharmonic and is principal cellist of the Santa Fe Symphony, with whom she has appeared as soloist. In 2015, she performed on tour with the Desert Chorale. Dana also plays chamber music with Serenata of Santa Fe and Chatter.

Admission at the door: suggested donations $20 for adults, $10 for students and seniors.

Coro de Cámara has been making beautiful music in Northern New Mexico for 27 seasons. Under the baton of Artistic Director Nylea Butler-Moore, Coro de Cámara is an experience in chamber choral music not to be missed in live performance.

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