Robb Trust Offers Free Concert Rooted In Regional Folk Music
July 26, 2010
Categories: College of Fine Arts
At Albuquerque's 1927 landmark, the KiMo Theatre, the UNM Robb Musical Trust presents a concert of music by John Donald Robb and composers he influenced, Michael Mauldin and James Galloway, for the Sister Cities' International 2010 Conference. The concert, imbued with the region's folk heritage and imagery, is on Saturday, July 31, at 7:30 p.m. Admission is free, but tickets must be reserved by calling (505) 277-8967.
Robb was dean of the UNM College of Fine Arts, 1942-1957. He was a committed educator and internationally performed composer. He is particularly remembered as a folk song collector and major preservationist for the imperiled Hispanic folk culture of New Mexico and the Southwest, embodied in his unique collection of 3,000 field recordings personally made on site and housed in the Center for Southwest Research at UNM Zimmerman Library.
Mauldin is a conductor, teacher and composer whose music often portrays the power and fascination of his adopted state of New Mexico's natural, rugged beauty and long-vanished cultures, including the Anasazi.
Performer and composer Galloway was a student of Robb's at UNM. His work is also influenced by his studies in Brazil, which began while he was on a Fulbright Scholarship after graduating from UNM.
The concert features piano soloist Tatiana Vetrinskaya, who became enamored with Robb's music while living in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan – one of Albuquerque's Sister Cities. She moved to New Mexico and received a second master's degree at UNM. She directs the New Mexico School of Music and is considered the most authoritative performer of Robb's piano compositions.
Other performing musicians include Javier Ortiz, bass-baritone; James Bratcher, piano; Kathie Jarrett and Nicolle Maniaci, violin; Cherokee Randolph, viola; Lisa Collins, cello; Lina Ramos, mezzo soprano; Jesse Tatum, flute; Elaine Heltman, oboe; Lori Lovato, clarinet; Leslie Shultis, bassoon; and Scott Lipton, horn.
Photographs of the Southwest will be projected during the concert, courtesy of award-winning photographer Mike Butterfield.
For more information, visit robbtrust.org or sister-cities.org/conference.
Media Contact: Jim Bonnell, (505) 856-7997, firstname.lastname@example.org