The Office of the Provost presents the inaugural event of the Provost's Distinguished Professor Lecture/Performance Series, Wednesday, Oct. 12 at 5:15 p.m. in Keller Hall. The event is free and open to the public.

The event features a chamber music concert performed by American String Quartet violinist Daniel Avshalomov; conductor and violinist Guillermo Figueroa and pianist Pamela Viktoria Pyle, who is also a UNM associate professor of music.

"'Academic Affairs' involve both scholarly and creative works, therefore we decided to initiate the series with a performance that celebrates the creative side of academia," said Interim Provost Chaouki Abdallah.

Pyle said that Avshalomov was already coming to do repertoire work with her. "Daniel invited Guillermo – they go way back. Guillermo was the original violist in the Emerson String Quartet and Daniel is in the American String Quartet," she said. "The performance is a way to publicly celebrate that collaboration."

The program features a variety of styles and composers including Johann Sebastian Bach, Sergei Prokofiev, Ernest Chausson, Max Bruch, Johannes Brahms and Fritz Kreisler.

About the creation of the series, Abdallah said, "The concept of an open forum for the university community to engage in intellectual discussions about important academic issues and ideas came about as the Provost's Office was searching for ways to honor the distinguished professors, and to focus the campus priorities as we search for a new president." He added that the concert is also a way to engage the larger community.

"Much like we attend lectures to learn new things and develop ideas for deeper discussion, so it is with listening to music," Pyle said. "I am happy to be a part of the inaugural Distinguished Professor Lecture/Performance Series that we are bringing to the UNM and broader community."

The series consists of open lectures and performances by renowned scholars and artists selected by UNM Distinguished Professors.

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