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CD Release concert: En Clave

Outpost Performance Space, 210 Yale Blvd SE, Albuquerque, NM

The concert will include all the works on Sturm's new CD, En Clave, which features all the solo piano music of Mexican composer Arturo Márquez. Márquez grew up in a mariachi family, and is best known for his music based on popular jazz-related forms, particularly his Danzon #2 for symphony orchestra. The CD includes the premier recording of his early work En Clave, as well as Días de Mar y Rio and Solo Rumores. Also featured on the CD are two pieces by Federico Ibarra, Sonata 7 (which Ibarra dedicated to Sturm) and La Aniquilación de un Sueño (Annihilation of a Dream), written in 2019. This brings to completion Sturm’s recording of all of Ibarra’s works for solo piano. The CD is rounded out with three pieces by three additional living composers, Miguel del Águila’s Toccata, Mario Carro’s Impromptu, and Alejandro Rutty’s Qualia.

$20, $15 for Outpost members and students


Incertidumbre (2022) by Mario Carro (Spain, 1979 - )

Pessebres (1917) by Frederic Mompou (Spain, 1893 - 1987)

Suite Criolla (1954) by Modesta Bor (Venezuela, 1926 - 1998)

Sonata #4 (1990) by Federico Ibarra (Mexico, 1946 - )

Preludios (1951) by Ricardo Castillo (Guatemala, 1891-1966)

Cants Magics (1919) by Frederic Mompou

Four Pieces (dates unknown) by Adolfo Mejia (Colombia, 1905 - 1973)

Danzas Argentinas (1937) by Alberto Ginastera (Argentina, 1916 - 1983)

Music of Carro, Vidales, Ibarra and Villa-Lobos

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Keller Hall, UNM, 203 Cornell NE, Albuquerque, NM

Pianist Fred Sturm will present music by three living composers - Mario Carro (Spain, 1979 - ), Jorge Vidales (Mexico, 1969 – ) and Federico Ibarra (Mexico, 1946 - ) as well as a suite by Brazilian composer Heitor Villa-Lobos (1887-1959).

The concert will feature the world premier of Mario Carro’s Incertidumbre (Uncertainty, 2022), a piece inspired by a two-week retreat that brought together scientists and artists of several disciplines. The title refers to Heisenberg’s “uncertainty principle,” and is mirrored in music as a juxtaposition of tonality and atonality, the consonance of triads and the chaos of twelve-tone rows. Other pieces by Carro will include his Rio de Cristal (Crystal River, 2019) and Impromptu (2010).

Federico Ibarra taught Jorge Vidales in the late 1990s. Ibarra’s Sonata 3 (1988) will be paired with Vidales’ Estudios Intervállicos (1997), written while he was studying with Ibarra, and his more recent 12 Preludes for Piano (2015). Also on the program will be Heitor Villa-Lobos’ A Próle do Bebé (1918), a suite of eight pieces that describe children’s dolls, including the famous O Policinelo, the clown doll. $20/12/5 general/senior and UNM employees/students

Villa-Lobos and More

Outpost Performance Space, 210 Yale Blvd SE, Albuquerque, NM

Originally scheduled for the spring 2020 season when most concerts had to be cancelled due to the CoVid pandemic, this concert will feature Brazilian composer Heitor Villa-Lobos’ suite of sixteen Cirandas – a group of pieces based on Brazilian children’s songs which are set in a very colorful and rhythmic way. While they are widely considered to be Villa-Lobos’ best music for piano, they have only rarely been heard outside Brazil because they were published by a Brazilian firm with no international distribution, only recently becoming available. The concert will open with Mexican composer Federico Ibarra’s seventh sonata, completed in 2012 and dedicated to Sturm, who will release a recording of it later this year. It will be paired with a short piece that Ibarra completed in 2019, entitled Annihilation of a Dream. Rounding out the program will be Argentine composer Alejandro Rutty’s Qualia (2015), written in an extended tango style with layers of rhythm and accents.

$20 general, $15 Outpost members and students

Solo piano, music of Federico Ibarra, Alejandro Rutty, Heitor Villa-Lobos. Tickets $20/15 for members and students

Program includes: Sonata 7 (2012), by Federico Ibarra (dedicated to Fred Sturm) La Aniquilación de un Sueño (2019), by Federico Ibarra Qualia (2015) by Alejandro Rutty Cirandas (complete, 1 - 16) (1926), by Heitor Villa-Lobos


Fred Sturm and Friends

Outpost Performance Space, 210 Yale SE, Albuquerque, NM

The concert is built around Federico Ibarra Groth's Sonata for two celli and piano, in which Fred Sturm will be joined by cellists Ian Brody and Lisa Collins.

Also on the program:

Rodolfo Halffter, Onze Bagatelas (1950)

Jorge Vidales, Estudios Interválicos (1997)

Arturo Márquez, Días de Mar y Rio (1997)

Heitor Villa-Lobos, A Prole do Bebe, suite 1 (1918)

Both Jorge Vidales and Arturo Márquez were students of Ibarra. Halffter was a major musical figure in Mexico, teaching at the conservatory, founding Ediciones Mexicanas de Music (publisher of most of Ibarra's works), etc. 



Fred Sturm and Priscilla Hallberg

Keller Hall, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM

Sonata in A Minor, opus 105 (1851)                                               Robert Schumann (1810-1856)

1 Mit Leidenschaftlichem Ausdruck

2 Allegretto

3 Lebhaft


Qualia (2015)                                                                                             Alejandro Rutty (1966 - )


Impromptu (2010)                                                                                          Mario Carro (1979 - )




Graceful Ghost Rag: Concert Variation (1979)                                          William Bolcom (1938 - )


Sonata for Violin and Piano                                                                Claude Debussy (1862-1918)

1 Allegro vivo

2 Intermède: Fantasque et léger

3 Finale: Très animé


Three Spanish Dances                                                                     Pablo de Sarasate (1844-1908)

1 Caprice Basque op. 34 (1880) 

2 Romanza Andaluza op. 21 no. 1 (1898) 

3 Zapateado op. 23 no. 2 (1880) 


Rhythmic Connections - Classical to Popular

Outpost Performance Space, 210 Yale SE, Albuquerque, NM

A solo performance of recent works by three living composers from Argentina (Alejandro Rutty), Mexico (Arturo Márquez), and Spain (Mario Carro), all of whom use rhythm as a central component of their music. These new works will be paired with classic rags and Afro Cuban dances from the early twentieth century- pieces that lie on the border between popular and classical music, and that share an emphasis on rhythm.  

Qualia (2015) - Alejandro Rutty

¿Porque te vas?, La Conga de la Media Noche, Danza Negra, Y la Negra Bailaba, Danza de los Ñañigos, Danza Lucumi, La Comparsa - Ernesto Lecuona

En Clave (1988) - Arturo Marquez

Maple Leaf Rag, The Entertainer, Figleaf Rag - Scott Joplin

Grace and Beauty Rag, Ophelia Rag - James Scott

Impromptu - Mario Carro

$20/15 (Members, students)