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Fred Sturm Plays Villa-Lobos and More

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

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)


2017-05-27 - Museu Nacional de Arte (MUNAL)


Fred Sturm, piano

Museu Nacional de Arte, Mexico City

Heitor Villa-Lobos, 16 Cirandas 

Federico Ibarra Groth, Sonata 5

Miguel del Águila, Sonata 2


Alberto Ginastera 100th birthday concert

Outpost Performance Space, 210 Yale SE, Albuquerque, NM

Co-presented with the UNM Music from the Americas Concert Series 

Ginastera: Suite de Danzas Criollas, Tres Piezas, Doce Preludios Americanos (Alejandro Cremaschi, piano)

Ernesto Nazareth: Brejeiro

Heitor Villa-Lobos: Alma Brasileira, Saudades das Selvas Americanas

Miguel del Águila: Sonata 2 (Fred Sturm, piano)

Ginastera was a quintessentially nationalistic composer, trying to capture the essence of his native Argentina , with its rolling pampas and cultivated cities, its rough and wild folk dances and its sophisticated tangos.  His music is written in an exhilarating style, ranging from delicately seductive lyricism, though driving complex cross rhythms, to massive climaxes.  

Argentine pianist Alejandro Cremaschi will present a sampling of Ginastera’s masterful writing for piano, including three of his nationalistic piano sets: Suite of Creole Dances, Three Pieces, and Twelve American Preludes. Cremaschi’s new edition of Ginastera's 12 Preludios Americanos, which includes his recording of the set, will be released later this year by Fischer Publishing Company, and he will be presenting them to the College Music Society convention in Santa Fe on Sunday, October 30. 

Local pianist Fred Sturm will provide context for Ginastera’s very “Argentine” style of composition, by performing music of predecessors and successors from neighboring countries Brazil and Uruguay.  Heitor Villa-Lobos was a pioneer of nationalistic Latin American music, and a close friend of the younger Ginastera, whom Villa-Lobos referred to as his “spiritual heir.” Sturm will play Villa-Lobos’ Alma Brasileira and Saudades das Selvas Brasileiras. 

Ginastera in turn inspired later generations of composers, including Miguel del Águila of Uruguay (familiar to many in Albuquerque as the composer of the opera Time and Again Barelas, commissioned for the Albuquerque tricentennial). Sturm will perform Águila’s Sonata #2, inspired by popular Latin American styles. 

Pianist Alejandro Cremaschi, a native of Argentina, currently teaches at the University of Colorado at Boulder. His playing has been described as “pristine” and “passionate” by the Washington Post, and “polished” and “exemplary” by the Fanfare magazine. Praised as an intelligent and sensitive pianist, he has played in numerous cities worldwide, including Buenos Aires, Guadalajara, Montreal, Pittsburgh, London, Washington, Kuala Lumpur and New York. Fred Sturm has specialized in Latin American music for the past 25 years, performing and recording a wide repertory, with a particular emphasis on Villa-Lobos and Mexican composer Federico Ibarra. Peter Burwasser wrote of Sturm’s recording of Ibarra’s works for piano solo, "He plays the music of Ibarra as if he were writing it on the spot. It is rare to hear a musician so inhabited by the material."


$20/15 (Members, students)


Ibarra Chamber Festival concert 2

Keller Hall, 203 Cornell Dr NE, Albuquerque, NM

Works by Mexican composer Federico Ibarra Groth

Seis Melodias sobre Poemas de Verlaine (2000-2003), La Ermita (1965), and Cancion Arcaica para niños (1979), Paula Swalin, soprano and Fred Sturm, piano

Sonata for Cello and Piano (1992) Lisa Collins, cello, Fred Sturm, piano

Sonata for Two Cellos and Piano (2004), Lisa Collins and Lisa Donald, cello; Fred Sturm, piano

Juegos Nocturnos for woodwind quintet, Kevin Vigneau, oboe; Valerie Potter, flute; Michael Walker, horn; Denise Turner, bassoon; and Keith Lemmons, clarinet.



Ibarra Chamber Festival concert 1

Keller Hall, 203 Cornell Dr NE, Albuquerque, NM

Works by Mexican composer Federico Ibarra Groth

Three pieces for bassoon and piano (1993), Stefanie Przybylska, bassoon, Fred Sturm, piano 

Viaje Imaginario for clarinet, violin, cello and piano (1994), Cármelo de los Santos, violin; Lori Lovato, clarinet; Joel Becktell, cello; Fred Sturm, piano

Piano Sonata number 7 (2012),. 

*Sonata for Violin and Piano (2014), Cármelo de los Santos, violin, Fred Sturm, piano. 

*World Premier