Concerts and Art Exhibits atLas Placitas Presbyterian ChurchHighway 165, Placitas NMDirections2 pm - Visual Artists Reception3 pm - ConcertPlease check individual concert details as dates and times may be subject to change
May 21, 2023
Kim Fredenburgh and FriendsSponsored by - Shelley and Herb Koffler,Vulcan Materials
Kim and friends Amy Huzjak, Cármelo de los Santos, and Laura Tait Chang, will present Music for Strings.
Violist Kimberly Fredenburgh, originally from New York, is a professor of viola and cham-ber music and serves as head of the string area at the University of New Mexico. Fredenburgh has been featured as a soloist and chamber musician across the United States, including Puerto Rico, South Africa, Brazil, Argentina, Mexico, Canada, Portugal, Spain, Germany, Italy, and Monaco. Fredenburgh is principal violist of the Santa Fe Symphony Orchestra and Santa Fe Pro Musica, while serving as associate principal violist of the New Mexico Philharmonic. Fredenburgh has performed many seasons with the Santa Fe Cham-ber Music Festival, the Santa Fe Opera, and the Santa Fe Desert Chorale; she is also a regular performer with Chatter. Fredenburgh served on the faculty at Arizona State University while also performing as associate principal of the Phoenix Symphony and was a principal violist in the New World Symphony in Miami under Michael Tilson Thomas. She has delivered pedagogical papers and performed at several national string conferences and international competitions. Her interest in contemporary music has resulted in the creation of many new works for the viola. Recent performances include European premieres of chamber works by University of New Mexico composers.
Cellist Amy Huzjak lives in Albu-querque and serves as principal cellist of the New Mexico Philharmonic since January, 2022. She also collabo-rates with many area organizations including Chatter, Opera Southwest, and the Santa Fe Symphony and Cho-rus. She is a founding member of the Chasqui Quartet, touring Colorado in August, 2021 and the Midwest in Sum-mer, 2022.
Brazilian-born violinist Cármelo de los Santos enjoys an exciting career as a soloist, chamber musician, and pedagogue. From his extensive con-certo experience to his most recent performances of the 24 Caprices by Paganini and the Sonatas and Partitas by Bach, his virtuosity and commitment to communicate the essence of music captivates audiences world wide. Cármelo has performed as a guest soloist with over 40 orchestras, including the New World Symphony, Santa Fe Pro Musica, the Santa Fe and New Mexico Symphonies, the Montevideo Philharmonic, Orquestra Musica d’Oltreoceano (Rome), and the major orchestras in Brazil. Cármelo is a winner of several interna-tional competitions including the Fourth Júlio Cardona International String Competition (Portu-gal). In 2002 Cármelo made his New York debut as soloist and conductor in the Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall with the ARCO Chamber Orchestra. Cármelo is an associate professor of violin at the University of New Mexico, and performs on a 1828 J. B. Vuillaume violin.
Violinist and violist Laura Chang, a native of Wisconsin, was born into a musical family, and began her studies shortly after her fourth birthday. Laura earned both bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Peabody Conser-vatory, under the tutelage of Martin Beaver and Pamela Frank, for whom she was a graduate assistant. Laura is an avid chamber and orchestral musician whose performances have taken her to venues across the US, Canada, and Europe. While a res-ident of Washington, DC, she was a member of the National Philharmonic and the Maryland Symphony, and frequently performed with major orchestras in the Baltimore/Washington metro area. More recently, she performed with the Colorado Symphony and the Colorado Springs Phil-harmonic. In 2020, Laura and her family moved to Albuquerque, where she is the principal violist with the New Mexico Philharmonic, and a vio-linist with the Santa Fe Symphony.