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Camerata del Sol has free May 29 concert at Good Sam’s


“Out of all the instruments, the viola has a register most similar to the human voice,” said Julio Campos, who is the primary violist of Camerata Del Sol, the professional chamber ensemble of the Las Cruces/El Paso region. Campos, along with Elisabeth Greene and Maddox Hechler, will perform an all-viola recital at 3 p.m. Sunday, May 29, at Good Samaritan Society, 3011 Buena Vida Circle.

The concert is free.  

The concert will be in memory of Eugenia Staszewski, a former resident of Good Samaritan, who for many years played viola with the Detroit Symphony. Eugenia became a dedicated champion of the arts upon her arrival in Las Cruces. She was a patron and supporter of the Las Cruces Symphony and the Civic Concert Society.

The program will feature three of the celebrated suites by J.S. Bach, for unaccompanied cello or viola. Out of all of Bach’s music, his Suite No. 1 in G Major is perhaps the best known and played.

Hechler, a junior at Centennial High School, will open the concert with this suite.

“I am very pleased to be able to play with two amazing violists and to share the beautiful music Bach wrote for the ‘Glory of God,’' Hechler said.

Hechler has participated in the New Mexico Music Educators Association’s all-state orchestra and was ranked the fourth most advanced high school violist in New Mexico. He serves as principal violist of the Centennial High School Orchestra as well as the Las Cruces Youth Orchestra.

Next in the program will be Suite No. 2 in D Minor, performed by Campos.

As Camerata Del Sol’s primary violist, Campos performed nearly 80 concerts in 2021, as well as over a dozen so far in 2022. As a trusted music educator and multi-instrumentalist, Campos took the reins of the mariachi program at La Academia Charter School in Las Cruces in the fall of 2021.

To close the program, Greene will play Suite No. 3 in C Major.

A Las Cruces native, Greene recently completed a master of music degree from the University of Texas at Austin and has participated in several Camerata Del Sol concerts upon her return to this area. She also co-founded the Organ Mountain Music Academy, where students of all ages take lessons in violin, viola and piano.

“It’s a humbling experience to get to perform and teach for the community that gave me the education to do so,” Greene said.

For more information, call 575-642-3727 or email director@cameratadelsol.org.

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