ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — American pianist Jon Nakamatsu is no stranger to the major concert halls of the world or to important classical music events.
By contrast, he is in recital in Las Placitas Presbyterian Church in Placitas on Sunday.
The venue of his concerts – large or small, prestigious or otherwise – is not important to Nakamatsu.
“It’s all great. It makes it really fun,” he said in a phone interview.
“Some of the most exciting events aren’t in the big cities, and halls are all different. Given the right set of circumstances, you can have a magical performance when you least expect it.”
Nakamatsu’s program for the Placitas Artists Series concert is Franz Schubert’s Two Impromptus from Opus 90, Frederic Chopin’s Sonata No. 3 in B minor, Opus 58 and Robert Schumann’s “Carnaval,” Opus 9.
“All three composers wrote prolifically for the piano but they are drastically different, though they are lumped into the Romantic era,” Nakamatsu said.
The Schumann is a collection of small pieces that he said are unified under a large structure named “Carnaval.”
The Chopin sonata is the composer’s attempt at writing a huge work, he said.
“It is full of exciting, virtuoso piano figures, but it also has one of the most touching movements, the slow movement,” Nakamatsu said.
“It brings in the listener. It’s like a nocturne. It has a long, sequential middle section, extremely placid and thoughtful and absolutely beautiful.”
That movement itself, he said, is one of the highlights of the recital.
At 2 p.m., one hour before the Oct. 6 Placitas concert, there will be a meet-and-greet with the October visual artists whose work is on display at the church.
The artists are Debby Brinkerhoff, who is a watercolorist; Katherine Irish Henry, a signature member of the Pastel Society of New Mexico; and the photography of Roger Preston and Roxanne Bebee Blatz, whose work is presented under the name Preston Photography.