Local Chamber Ensemble Camerata Del Sol will be performing Mendelssohn’s Piano Trio No. 1 and Weber’s Clarinet Quintet this Monday, November 8, at UTEP’s Fox Fine Arts Center. The show starts at 7:30, and costs $8 for adults and $5 for students.
The concert will feature pianist Joseph Lecher, who is currently pursuing a second master’s degree in Music Theory from UTEP. Lecher holds degrees in performance from the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee, Carroll University, and the Ecole Normale de Musique de Paris. As a recitalist, Joseph has performed in the United States, France, and Belgium. As a soloist, he has toured and performed with the Carroll University Wind Ensemble and the Lake Country Chamber Orchestra. Also a collaborative pianist, he regularly organizes concerts and performs chamber music with his wife, cellist Dr. Alina Vázquez as well as collegiate faculty from the Texas and New Mexico area.
A recent 2019 concert production in Wisconsin focused on the 200th anniversary of pianist and composer Clara Wieck-Schumann. Joseph was twice the winner of the Milwaukee Music Teachers Association’s Artist and Debut Series and a Silver Medal awardee of the Concours National de Chatou, France. He has more than 20 years of experience as an independent studio owner teaching piano and is currently adjunct professor of music at El Paso Community College.
Additionally, the concert will feature clarinetist John De La Paz, who is making his Camerata Del Sol Debut with this program. De La Paz currently teaches on the faculty at New Mexico State University and the Dona Ana Community College, where he is Assistant Professor. There he teaches Classical and Jazz music appreciation courses. As a co-founding member of Duo Artesanal, he has performed and presented workshops and masterclasses throughout the United States, Europe, Latin America, and Japan.
John has held faculty appointments at the Las Vegas Music Festival (2007) and at the College of Southern Nevada (clarinet, theory and music history). He has performed as a soloist and ensemble member at the Guatemala Clarifest, International Clarinet Association conferences, and the University of Oklahoma Clarinet Symposiums. Recent solo and chamber music appearances with; the Chandler High School Band, Mesilla Valley Community Band, the Arizona Symphonic winds amongst others.
De La Paz has also worked and performed with several internationally recognized composers, including Donald Grantham, James Grant, Daniel Asia, Paul Chihara, David Maslanka and Eric Whitacre. Additional ensemble performances include ACE (Arizona Contemporary Ensemble), Nextet (University of Nevada, Las Vegas), the El Paso Symphony Orchestra, the Dona Ana Lyric Opera Las Cruces Symphony Orchestra, Las Vegas Philharmonic Orchestra, Orquestra Sinfónica de la Universidad Autónoma de Ciudad Juarez (Juarez Symphony), Arizona Symphony, Tucson Pops Orchestra, Tucson Symphony Orchestra, and the Arizona Symphonic Winds.
As a scholar, John has created ancillary materials for James Shearer’s Music 101: A Guide to Active Listening for a Generation Online & Jazz Basics and A Brief Overview with Historical Documents and Listening Guides. In addition, he has developed Music Appreciation courses to be fully integrated as online courses for New Mexico State University and The University of Arizona.
De La Paz has studied with David Etheridge (University of Oklahoma), Gregory Smith (Chicago Symphony Orchestra), Bradford Behn (Oklahoma City Philharmonic), József Balogh (Budapest Radio Symphony), Dr. David Ross (El Paso Symphony Orchestra), John Pleasant (El Paso Symphony Orchestra, former), LaRoy Borchert (New Mexico State University), and Jerry Kirkbride (Professor Emeritus, University of Arizona).
He is a BG France Performing Artist and a D’Addario Woodwinds Performing Artist. John De La Paz can be heard on the Klavier and Naxos Music labels in recordings as concertmaster with The University of Nevada, Las Vegas Wind Orchestra.