LACA opens season

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By Special to the Monitor

Editor’s note: This story ran in Thursdsay’s Kaleidoscope, but contained  an error in the headline. The Monitor regrets any confusion the report may have caused.

The 2010-2011 season of the Los Alamos Concert Association opens Nov. 17 with a concert featuring two American artists, cellist Julie Albers and pianist Orion Weiss. The concert will begin at 4 p.m. in Duane Smith Auditorium.
Sunday’s program begins with the “Sonata for Cello and Piano, Op. 143,” by Francis Poulenc and continues with the “Suite Populaire Espagnole,” by Manuel de Falla. “The Fantasiestücke, Op. 73,” by Robert Schumann follows intermission and the program concludes with Johannes Brahms’ “Sonata No. 1 in E Minor for Cello and Piano, Op. 38.”
Albers moved to Cleveland while in high school so she could study in the Young Artists Program at the Cleveland Institute of Music and shortly thereafter won the grand prize at the XIII International Competition for Young Musicians in Douai, France.
She made her major orchestral debut with the Cleveland Orchestra in 1998 and has since performed in recital and with orchestras in the U.S., Europe, Korea, Taiwan and New Zealand. In November 2003, Albers was named the first gold medal laureate of South Korea’s Gyeongnam International Music Competition, winning the grand prize.
Albers was a member of Lincoln Center Chamber Music Society Two from 2006-2009.  In addition to her recital and orchestral performances, she performs with her sisters in the Albers String Trio and also with the cello quartet, CELLO. Albers is a Distinguished Artist of the McDuffie Center for Strings at Mercer University.
Weiss also attended the Cleveland Institute of Music, where he studied with, among others, Sergei Babayan, who will perform here in January.
Weiss made his Cleveland Orchestra debut in January 1999 and two months later, with less than 24 hours’ notice, stepped in to replace André Watts for a performance of Shostakovich’s “Piano Concerto No. 2” with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra.
He was immediately invited to return to the Orchestra for a performance of the Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto in October. Weiss is a Julliard graduate and student of Emanuel Ax.
Weiss has performed with numerous orchestras, including the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony, Philadelphia Orchestra and the New York Philharmonic.
In 2005, he toured Israel with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Itzhak Perlman, and in 2009 he toured China with the Pittsburgh Symphony.
Weiss made his New York recital debut at Alice Tully Hall in April 2005. Also in 2005, he made his European debut in a recital at the Louvre in Paris. As a recitalist and chamber musician, he has appeared across the United States at venues and festivals and was a member of Lincoln Center Chamber Music Society Two from 2002-2004.
Tickets for the concert may be purchased in advance for $30 in at Otowi Station Book Store and CB Fox Department Store, in White Rock at Smith’s and in Santa Fe at Nicholas Potter Bookseller. Tickets may also be purchased at the door for $35.  
Youth admission (ages 6-18) is free, but requires a ticket. Youth tickets may be obtained at ticket outlets or at the box office on the day of the concert.
As a courtesy to the artists and other audience members, children under 6 will not be admitted.