Concerts and Art Exhibits at
Las Placitas Presbyterian Church
Highway 165, Placitas NM
2 pm - Visual Artists Reception
3 pm - Concert
Please check individual concert details
as dates and times may be subject to
October 16, 2022
David Felberg and Friends
Sponsored by - Estate of Vangie Dunmire
David and friends Felix Fan, Margaret Dyer Harris, James Shields, Judith Gor-
don and Elizabeth Young will present Music for Strings and Clarinet. Program
and notes are linked here.
Praised by The Santa Fe New Mexican for his “fluid phrases, rich focused tone, rhythmic precision, and spot-on
intonation,” Violinist David Felberg, an Albuquerque native, is the Co-founder and artistic director of Chatter.
David plays in, and conducts, many of the shows—often presenting 20th- and 21st-century pieces of music that
have never before been heard in New Mexico. Chatter was recently mentioned in The New York Times in an article
about curated silence, one of the main features of their performances.
David is also concertmaster of The Santa Fe Symphony, and performs with Santa Fe Pro Musica. He has been a
featured soloist with the Santa Fe Symphony Orchestra, New Mexico Philharmonic, New Mexico Symphony, Albu-
querque Philharmonic, Los Alamos Symphony, Palo Alto Philharmonic, Balcones Orchestra, and the Chatter
Orchestra. He has performed recitals and chamber music all over New Mexico and the Southwest, and most
recently performed at the Oregon Bach Festival. David also specializes in contemporary solo violin music, having
performed solo works of Berio, Boulez, Sciarrino, John Zorn, and Luigi Nono.
As a conductor, he has directed Santa Fe Pro Musica, New Mexico Philharmonic, the Santa Fe Symphony and Chat-
ter, and has collaborated with such soloists as Anne-Marie McDermott, Rachel Barton Pine, Conor Hanick, and
Benjamin Hochman. David made his New York violin recital debut in Merkin Concert Hall in the spring of 2005. He
received a Bachelor of Arts degree in History from the University of Arizona and a Master of Music degree in Con-
ducting from the University of New Mexico, and has taken advanced string quartet studies at the University of
Colorado with the Takacs Quartet. David has also attended the prestigious American Academy of Conducting at the
Aspen Music Festival. He plays an 1829 J. B. Vuillaume violin and a c. 1830 Claude Joseph Fonclause bow.
Felix Fan is a rare talent in the world of contemporary music as a
soloist, collaborative artist and advocate for new music. A strong
advocate for the creation and commissioning of new music, Fan
has premiered over 100 works, collaborating with contemporary
composers such as Philip Glass, Hans Werner Henze, Oliver
Knussen, Meredith Monk, Steve Reich, Kaija Saariaho, Tan Dun,
Julia Wolfe and Charles Wuorinen. On the world stage, he has
appeared at Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, Lincoln Center,
Musikverein and the Royal Festival Hall and as soloist with the
Hong Kong Philharmonic, the National Taiwan Symphony Orches-
tra, and the Munich Chamber Orchestra. As a member of Flux
Quartet, Fan pushes the boundaries of contemporary music,
embracing the avant garde and interpreting the innovative styles
of emerging composers and artists.
James Shields is currently the principal clarinet of the Oregon Symphony, having joined in
the autumn of 2016. Before relocating to Portland, Shields was principal clarinet of the Cana-
dian Opera Company in Toronto, as well as for the New Mexico Philharmonic in Albuquerque.
A graduate of the Juilliard School (B.M., Clarinet Performance), he studied with Ricardo
Morales, principal clarinet of the Philadelphia Orchestra.
Shields has appeared as a soloist with the New Mexico Philharmonic, Interlochen’s World
Youth Symphony Orchestra (MI), and the Albuquerque Philharmonic, and as guest principal
clarinet with the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra, Aspen
Music Festival, and Santa Fe Pro Musica. As co-artistic director of Chatter, he appears fre-
quently as a soloist, chamber musician, composer, conductor, and concert host.
In addition to his performing activities, Shields holds an M.M. in composition from the Uni-
versity of New Mexico. He continues to compose regularly, and his works have been
performed at venues in New York and Albuquerque.
Margaret Dyer Harris has crafted an eclectic career as a recording artist, entre-
preneur, chamber musician, arts advocate, and educator. Dyer has recorded in
the worlds of classical, jazz and with numerous cross genre projects which have
been acclaimed by critics.
An artist on multiple Grammy award winning records in multiple genres, Mar-
garet is a founding member of the Grammy-nominated chamber orchestra, "A
Far Cry," the Boston based conductor-less string ensemble. She has performed
and recorded with groups across a broad spectrum of music including the Saint
Paul Chamber Orchestra, the Metropolitan Opera, ECCO, Decoda, Harry Connick
Jr., Esperanza Spalding, John Legend, & Bryce Dessner.
She currently holds positions as assistant principal violist in the Santa Fe Opera
Orchestra, violist in Wicked on Broadway, and she is a member of the Knights
Chamber Orchestra and the New York Pops Orchestra. She has been a recent
guest violist in the Metropolitan Opera, the New York Philharmonic, Orchestra
of St. Luke’s, and Orpheus Chamber Orchestra. She currently resides in Denver.
Pianist Judith Gordon explores diverse repertory with a wide range of
solo artists and ensembles. She has been a soloist in works from Bach
and Ravel to Cage and Boulez with groups including the Boston Pops
Orchestra, Boston Modern Orchestra Project, and Saint Paul Chamber
Orchestra, and has been a featured performer and coach at many fes-
tivals, such as Apple Hill, Bard, Bennington, Charlottesville, Music
from Salem, Music Mountain, Santa Fe Chamber Music, and Tangle-
wood. Gordon gave her New York recital debut on the Metropolitan
Museum of Art's 'Introductions' series, and has premiered and
recorded music by John Harbison, Lee Hyla, Peter Lieberson, and
many others. She graduated from the New England Conservatory,
where she recently received an Outstanding Alumni Award, and was
an associate professor of music at Smith College from 2006-20. Newly
based in New Mexico, she plays regularly with the musicians of Chat-
Violinist Elizabeth Young has performed at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln
Center, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Radio City Music Hall, and
the United Nations, among other notable venues in New York City, as
well as the National Gallery of Art and the Embassy of Italy in Wash-
ington, D.C. A graduate of the Manhattan School of Music, she has
appeared on BBC, CBS, and CNN, and has performed throughout the
United States, and in Canada, Mexico, France, Germany, Austria, Lux-
embourg, Italy, and Oman. Young has performed with the Santa Fe
Opera, the New Mexico Philharmonic, the Santa Fe Symphony, the
New Mexico Performing Arts Society, and Chatter. She continues to
travel for nationally for chamber music and solo performances as a
violinist and pianist; in 2018 she was the violin soloist with the Santa
Fe Community Orchestra in their performance of the Sibelius Violin
Concerto. She is the Orchestra Director at Gonzales Community School
in Santa Fe.