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Chamber concert to feature oboe-viola duet

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Oboist Kevin Vigneau and violist Kim Fredenburgh will be yards apart in performing a Peter Gilbert duet in the Sunday, Sept. 10, Albuquerque Chamber Soloists’ concert at St. Paul Lutheran Church.

One will be on the altar and the other in the balcony.

That’s how Gilbert wants it done, Vigneau said.

“I love Peter’s music. It’s deeply conceived but at the same time accessible to the listener. Sometimes beauty is not a priority for contemporary music. … But I think this is a beautiful piece. It has a very mesmerizing quality,” he said.

Vigneau said this is one of several works that composers wrote for him and Fredenburgh at the musicians’ request in 2013.

Gilbert, professor of composition at the University of New Mexico, has said the composition is influenced by music from 15th century Cyprus.

In the same concert, Vigneau is also performing in Arnold Bax’s Quintet for Oboe and Strings.

Vigneau said the first movement of the quintet uses a lot of altered scales. The second movement is more tonal, more lyrical, and the final movement reflects Bax’s fascination with Celtic culture. “It has a jig feel to it,” he said. “It’s a great piece in this repertoire. I haven’t played it before, and you don’t often have the opportunity to play lesser-known composers. I think the audience will enjoy it very much.”

Vigneau is principal oboist of the New Mexico Philharmonic, and Fredenburgh is the orchestra’s principal viola player.

The other two pieces on the Albuquerque Chamber Soloists’ program are Robert Schumann’s Quartet for Piano and Strings and Franz Joseph Haydn’s string quartet “Sunrise.”

It is nicknamed “Sunrise” because it starts with the viola, the second violin and the cello playing very quietly while the first violin plays the melody going upward, said James Holland, cellist and president of Albuquerque Chamber Soloists.

The pianist in the Schumann is Pamela Viktoria Pyle. The other musicians in the concert are violinists David Felberg, Megan Holland and Ruxandra Marquardt and violist Shanti Randall. The other two ACS concerts of the 2017-18 season are Jan. 14, with works of Mozart, Handel, Brahms and Meredith Monk, and May 6, featuring Guillermo Figueroa in music of Dvorak and Schubert.