Recital Series 2018-2019

Cello Etching
J. Reynolds

The twelfth season of the Recital Series will begin on Friday, Sept. 21, at 7:00 pm with a vocal quartet and pianist in “A Night at the Opera” featuring arias, duets, trios and quartets from the musical stage, a night of music that will surely uplift and entertain.  The artists will be Ingela Onstad, soprano, Kerry Ginger, mezzo-soprano, Erik Gustafson, tenor, Michael Hix, baritone, and Debra Ayers, piano.   Music included in the program will be from the Baroque era to the 20th century, alternating between some of the most celebrated arias and the most rousing ensembles.  Represented works will include Handel’s Julius Caesar, Mozart’s Don Giovanniand Cosi fan tutte, Puccini’s La Bohème, Donizetti’s The Elixir of Love, Strauss’ Der Rosenkavalier, Rossini’s The Barber of Seville, Berlioz’s Béatrice et Bénédict, Stravinsky’s The Rake’s Progress, and Gilbert and Sullivan’s The Yeomen of the Guard.

Soprano Ingela Onstad has enjoyed a varied international career in opera, concert work and contemporary music with performances in Germany, Canada and the United States.  In addition, she maintains a thriving private studio in Albuquerque and is a licensed mental health counselor who specializes in performance anxiety.  Kerry Ginger, mezzo-soprano, is an active performer and clinician across the American west.  Currently a voice faculty member at Fort Lewis College, Dr. Ginger is Choir Director at the UU Fellowship and maintains a professional ensemble, Quadrivium. Tenor Erik Gustafson is nationally active as an oratorio soloist and choral artist, and teaches voice at Fort Lewis College.  Erik appears on albums with the Phoenix Chorale, Bach Collegium San Diego, Conspirare, True Concord, Spire and Santa Fe Desert Chorale.  Baritone Michael Hix has been featured in performances at Tanglewood, Oregon Bach Festival, Arizona Bach Festival, International Haydn Festival, Ohio Light Opera and the Boston Pops.  Dr. Hix is Coordinator of Vocal Studies and the Associate Chair of Music at the University of New Mexico.  Debra Ayers, pianist, is co-founder and director of Montage Music Society which commissions and performs music inspired by visual art.  She performs with Abiquiu Chamber Music, Albuquerque Chamber Soloists, Breckenridge Music Festival, Chatter, NM Woodwind Quintet, Santa Fe Desert Chorale, Serenata of Santa Fe and Taos Chamber Music.

The second recital in this year’s series on Nov. 16 will feature the Four Corners Piano Quartet consisting of Kay Newnam, violin, Danny DeSantis, viola, Anastasia Nellos, cello, and Marilyn Mangold Garst, piano.  They will perform the Piano Quartet in E-flat Major by Mozart, Circulo for piano trio by Turina, and the Piano Quartet in C Minor by Mendelssohn.  Kay served as concertmaster and violin soloist of the Orchestra of Santa Fe and has been a member of the Ensemble of Santa Fe and the San Juan Symphony.  Danny has been a member of the New Mexico Symphony, the Phoenix Symphony and the San Juan Symphony and performs regionally in various music festivals. Anastasia is the Personnel Manager and a cellist in the San Juan Symphony, performs with other orchestras and the Giovanni String Quartet, and maintains a cello teaching studio.

The third recital on Jan. 25, 2019, will present Rebecca Ray, oboe, and Lisa Campi Walters, piano, in a program with an international theme including the Sonatina by Milhaud, tangos by Piazzola, Czech folk songs by Bartók and music by American composer Michele Fiala.  Rebecca is principal oboist with the San Juan Symphony and the Las Cruces Symphony, plays oboe and English horn with the New Mexico Philharmonic, freelances regularly with other ensembles, and maintains a double reed instrument repair studio in Albuquerque.  Lisa is Associate Professor of Piano at Fort Lewis College, performs as a pianist in various capacities including the Red Shoe Piano Trio, and is co-director for the Piano Academy at the college.

The series will conclude on April 26, 2019, with Marilyn Mangold Garst on harpsichord and piano.  She will perform three selections by Rameau and the Partita in G Major by J.S. Bach on the harpsichord.  The piano pieces will include Lament by Ellen Zwilich, Suite by Bartók plus an etude and ballade by Chopin.  Marilyn was a faculty member for 25 years at The George Washington University in Washington, D.C., where she taught music, performed and served as Keyboard Studies Coordinator.  Dr. Garst currently is a pianist for the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship and Artistic Director of this Recital Series.

Subscriptions and admission to individual recitals can be purchased by mailing your two brochure panels with a check to the church or on this website by clicking on the recital description under Upcoming Events.  Admission can also be purchased at the door.  Printable Brochure»