ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — While his peers were listening to pop and rap music, Juantio Becenti was ordering the scores of Beethoven and Mozart.
The Farmington-based Navajo composer will premiere his commissioned Divertimento No. 5, “Melodrama” at Chatter Sunday on March 22, at the Las Puertas Event Center.
The work blends atonality with melody through independent movements for seven instruments. Becenti’s music has traveled from the mythical red rock country of southern Utah to the concert halls of New York.
He began piano lessons in elementary school in Montezuma Creek, Utah. He devoured classical music, moving between the honor choir and concert bands,.