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Tubist Jim Shearer and the La Catrina String Quartet to present world premiere concert

Tubist Jim Shearer and the La Catrina String Quartet will present a world premiere chamber music concert at the Atkinson Recital Hall in the New Mexico State University Music Center at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 12. The performance is free and open to the public. A previously published NMSU arts calendar announcing the show date on Sunday, April 15 is incorrect.


Jim Shearer holding a tuba and smiling with his head down
Tubist Jim Shearer, a Regents Professor in the College of Arts and Sciences at NMSU, and the La Catrina String Quartet will present a world premiere chamber music concert at the Atkinson Recital Hall at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 12. The performance is free and open to the public. (Photo by Allan Kaplan)

The evening will include the world premiere performances of three new works commissioned by Shearer including the "Quintet No. 1 for Tuba and Strings," by Lester Pack; "Cauterizing the Soul," by former NMSU composer Justin Raines; and "Doors," by current NMSU Composer-in-Residence and Department Chair Lon Chaffin. The concert will also include the New Mexico premiere of the "Quintet for Tuba and Strings," by noted jazz and third stream composer Manny Albam.

Composer Lester Pack will be take part in a weeklong residency at NMSU that will include his attendance at the premiere performance of his new work. He is a member of the faculty at the University of Arkansas-Monticello, where he teaches composition, theory and jazz studies. A noted jazz guitarist, he will also appear with the NMSU Jazz Ensemble on their final concert of the semester on at 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 13. His "Quintet No. 1 for Tuba and Strings," is his second chamber work commissioned by Jim Shearer to feature the tuba.

"Doors," by Lon Chaffin, is a multimedia work built around the photographs of Albuquerque artist Jim Gale. Fans of the Jam Session in Las Cruces project will remember a gallery of jazz photographs by Gale that hung at the Rio Grande Theatre during the two-month event. For this show, Gale will have a selection of photographs used in the work hanging in the lobby of the NMSU Music Center.

Justin Raine's new work, "Cauterizing the Soul," was inspired by the poetry of acclaimed Southern author Dan Skelton. This haunting work explores the lyrical side of the tuba, coupled with exquisite writing for the string quartet.

The "Quintet for Tuba and Strings," by Manny Albam, was commissioned for a 1981 Carnegie Hall premiere performance by noted tuba pioneer Harvey Phillips. The work received rave reviews in the New York Times but was never published and quickly fell into obscurity. Shearer discovered the work in an archive at the Institute of Jazz Studies at Rutgers University and was able to secure a performance copy specifically for this event. Manny Albam is best remembered for his original compositions and arrangements for diverse artists including Charlie Barnett, Count Basie, Stan Kenton, Coleman Hawkins, Stan Getz, Leonard Bernstein and the New York Philharmonic, among many others.

For more information contact the NMSU Music Department at 575-646-2601 or consult the department website at: http://music.nmsu.edu.