ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Kevin Vigneau’s “aha” moment occurred when he was just 11 years old and already committed to the clarinet.
“My folks had tickets to the Boston Symphony,” the New Mexico Philharmonic principal oboist said. “We went and heard the Brahms First Symphony and it’s full of these beautiful oboe solos. I said, ‘I want to switch from the clarinet.’ ”
That decision led him on musical adventures with the Opera Company of Boston, a stint in South Africa with the Capetown Symphony and a role in the Lisbon Orchestra before he came to Albuquerque 24 years ago.
The University of New Mexico oboe professor will perform the solo in Alessandro Marcello’s Oboe Concerto with the New Mexico Philharmonic on Saturday, Feb. 22, at the Central United Methodist Church.