Spanish Music comes to city

William Thompson

The Quay Council for Arts and Humanities is sponsoring another concert event in its series of diverse musical offerings.

Tenor Andre Garcia- Nuthman will be performing at 3 p.m. Sunday in the Tucumcari High School auditorium. The selection of vocal pieces include classical Spanish works with accompaniment from a classically-trained guitarist and a pianist. Pieces by two 16th century Spanish composers will be performed. Nuthman will also be singing Spanish folk songs arranged by the famous Spanish composer Manuel de Falla.

Garcia Nuthman said he will be performing unique Spanish pieces. “I studied under Jean Berger, a German-Jewish composer who fled from the Nazi’s in World War II., said Garcia-Nuthman. “He went to Argentina and set to music the poems of the Argentinian poet Eduardo Blanc-Amor. I will perform some of those works by Berger.” Accompanying Garcia-Nuthman will be the classical guitarist Carl Bernstein. Bernstein has studied with such noted guitar masters as Andres Segovia and Julian Bream. He has recorded four albums of classical guitar music.
Garcia-Nuthman said singing to guitar accompaniment presents a unique challenge. “The guitar is a lot softer than a piano,” he said, “so the vocalist and the guiatrist have to balance out their timbres.”

Dr. Deborah Wagner, head of the piano department at New Mexico Highlands University will accompany Garcia-Nuthman on piano. Wagner has performed solo and duets. She has accompanied soloists in Santa Fe and in North Carolina. Nuthman is currently working on his Ph.D. in vocal performance at Arizona State University. He has performed solos in Santa Fe, Albuquerque, Manhattan and as far away as Austria.

Wagner said Garcia-Nuthman’s vocal quality is excellent.
“He has a very clear, wonderful voice,” said Wagner. “He and I have been working on these pieces on and off for about a year.” Wagner said she is happy to be performing a piece by Albeniz. “It’s a tango with a pretty famous tune,” she said. “I think members of the audience might recognize it.”
Wagner said the Spanish folk songs will be flamenco-flavored. “The flamenco part of the songs will actually be coming from the piano,” she said.
Wagner said all the lyrics of the songs will be in Spanish.
“We thought that since there are so many Spanish speakers in the area, it would be nice to have a program of Spanish songs.”

In addition to songs from Spain, South American and Mexican songs will be performed as well.
The performance begins at 3 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $10. The council for arts and humanities season tickets will be accepted for this performance.