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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.
She has soloed with the UNM Symphony Orchestra, the Albuquerque Philharmonic, and the Red Rock Ensemble in Gallup. In addition, she has appeared as soloist with several orchestras in Brazil.
Arruda enjoys exploring the Southwest and living in New Mexico.
She said she loves the musical opportunities she has here and she also loves the culture and the land. She and her husband can be found back packing, hiking and rock climbing, but soloing on her violin still remains on the top of her list of favorite things to do.
The Los Alamos Symphony Orchestra’s concert will also include a number of well-known works — Brahms’ “Academic Festival Overture,” Copland’s “Billy The Kid Suite” and Gershwin’s “American In Paris.”
Tickets will be sold at the door, $15 for adults, children and students are admitted free. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.