The Los Alamos Arts Council will present locally celebrated, professional musicians, Kay Newnam – violin, Jacquelyn Helin – piano and Patrick Neher – lecturer, in an “Inspiring Music Recital,” at 3:30 p.m., Aug. 26 in Fuller Lodge.
The concert is free and designed to inspire musical curiosity and pique the community’s interest in the Sept. 22 Rosalie Heller Memorial music lecture series.
Newnam and Helin will present Igor Stravinsky’s “Suite Italienne,” for violin and piano (1933). This violin and piano arrangement by Stravinsky, is a fabulously popular setting of dances from his orchestral ballet, “Pulcinella.” Stravinsky’s “neo-Classical” ballet is based on music compositions of many Italian Baroque composers (such as Gallo and Pergolesi), and Neher will briefly delve into the numerous thematic and harmonic connections to, and diversions from “Suite Italienne’s” Baroque sources.
Newnam is a locally celebrated professional violinist and teacher who has made her home in Los Alamos for more than three decades. She is described as a fabulous performer, with a grand smile and fluid musical style that many audiences have expressed as “inviting and welcoming.”
Helin, a Steinway Artist at the New Mexico School for the Arts, is also well known locally, as a collaborative and virtuosic musician. Her performances in Los Alamos have been stellar and well attended. In collaborations, she is the “rock-solid” foundation for the ensemble.
Both Newnam and Helin have collaborated with Neher, a retired professor of music. Neher, who has been participating in the New Mexico music scene for 50 years, will present his insights into the compositional connections between the Baroque and Contemporary that Stravinsky exploited in creating “Pulcinella.”
The lecture part of the performance will be quite short, but will provide deep insight into the process of creating this seminal work. The entire concert will be about 70 minutes.