Concerts and Art Exhibits atLas Placitas Presbyterian ChurchHighway 165, Placitas NMDirections2 pm - Artists Reception3 pm - ConcertPlease check individual concert details as dates and times may be subject to change
31st Anniversary Season 2017—2018The Placitas Artists Series is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization.This project is made possible in part by New Mexico Arts, a division of the Department of Cultural Affairs, and the National Endowment for the Arts.
Willy Sucre and FriendsSeptember 24, 2017String Quartets by Beethoven and SchubertProgram and NotesThis concert generously sponsored by -PAS Board of Directors, in memory of Elaine Slusher
Justin Pollak, a native of Santa Fe, first studied the violin under Catherine Nichols. As a student at the University of New Mexico, he studied violin with Leonard Felberg and Bernard Zinck and viola with Kimberly Fredenburgh. From 2001 to 2011, he was a violinist with the New Mexico Symphony Orchestra. Justin is currently a member of the Santa Fe Symphony Orchestra and the New Mexico Philharmonic. He frequently performs with Chatter on both violin and viola. In the winter and spring of 2012, he played concerts with the Figueroa Project and Opera Southwest. When not playing music, Justin enjoys running, biking, and hiking.
Violist Willy Sucre is a member of the New Mexico Philharmonic and is the driving force behind the "Willy Sucre & Friends" concerts. Born in La Paz, Bolivia, Sucre studied at the Conservatorio Nacional de Música in La Paz; Colby College Chamber Music Institute in Waterville, Maine; Mannes School of Music in New York; and the Peabody Conservatory in Baltimore, Maryland.He was conductor and music director of the Albuquerque Philharmonic Orchestra, assistant conductor and principal violist of the Canada Symphony Orchestra in Montreal, assistant conductor and assistant principal violist of the New Mexico Symphony Orchestra, and principal violist and guest conductor of the National Symphony of Bolivia, the Chamber Orchestra of La Paz, and the Albuquerque Chamber Orchestra. As a chamber musician, Sucre was the founder of the Cuarteto Boliviano, guest violist with various chamber music ensembles, and for ten years the violist of the Helios String Quartet.Sucre’s experience includes extensive chamber music concerts, lectures, school demonstrations, CD recordings, and television performances throughout South, Central, and North America. He spends most of his summers in South America looking for new works of chamber music by modern composers and encouraging composers to write new pieces, especially piano quartets. He enjoys performing with ensembles of diverse instrumentation.
Since 1980, violinist Liang-Ping How has been a member of the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, touring extensively throughout the Americas, Europe and Asia, and appearing frequently as soloist and concertmaster of the conductor-less group. An active soloist and chamber music musician, How’s performances include the Caramoor, Spoleto, Lochenhaus and Moab Music Festivals, the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, New York Philomusica at the International Music Festival of Sophia, and as guest soloist for the former New Mexico Symphony. In addition, he has served as the concertmaster for the Sarasota Opera since 2005 and is regularly engaged as concertmaster to the Monterey Symphony.How made his solo debut with the National Youth Orchestra of Taiwan at age seven and went on to study at the Interlochen Arts Academy and the Curtis Institute of Music with Jamie Laredo. A member of the Santa Fe Opera Orchestra and the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival, How resides in Santa Fe and plays an 1863 J.B. Vuillaume.
As a chamber musician, cellist Felix Fan has played with YoYo Ma, Gil Shaham, and Janos Starker in venues such as Carnegie Hall, The Kennedy Center, and Royal Festival Hall. In 2006, Fan and violinist Cho-Liang Lin recorded Gordon Chin’s Double Concerto with the Kansas City Symphony.Fan’s interest in contemporary music has led to collaborations with today’s leading composers including Tan Dun, George Crumb, and Charles Wuorinen. Appearances with Bang on a Can All-Stars has allowed Fan to work with Philip Glass and Terry Riley. In 2008 Fan joined the Flux Quartet. In 1998 Fan founded Muzik3, a performance series and commissioning foundation dedicated to the advancement of modern music with an emphasis on integrating theater, dance, and video. Fan studied cello with Eleanore Schoenfeld at USC, Janos Starker at Indiana University, and Aldo Parisot at Yale University. In 1994, he was honored by Bill Clinton as a Presidential Scholar. Fan plays the ‘Haussman’ Stradivarius of 1724.