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On the top of a list of varied things Roberta Arruda likes to do is playing her violin. She likes to play in chamber groups and big and small orchestras, but best of all she likes to solo.
“Playing as a soloist is very special,” she said. At 7 p.m. Oct. 5 at the Crossroads Bible Church, Arruda will solo with the Los Alamos Symphony Orchestra. She will play the “Saint-Saens Violin Concerto No. 3” —a work that Arruda grew up listening to on recordings by Josh Bell.
Arruda, born in Brazil to non-musical parents, began her musical journey on the recorder at the age of seven. By 10, she had switched to the violin. It was a perfect match and she has continued to study violin all over the world — the United States, France, Belgium and Hungary.
Now, living in New Mexico, she has an active life, which involves teaching at New Mexico State University, playing with the La Catrina Quartet (the resident quartet at NMSU), and playing with the Santa Fe Pro Musica.
In past years, she has played with the Opera Southwest, the San Juan Symphony, UNMSO, the Santa Fe Symphony and the New Mexico Symphony Orchestra.
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