A free concert at New Mexico Tech’s Macey Center will highlight the musical capacity of the double bass.
The Presidential Chamber Music Series will feature Eric Sewell’s “Nomad Ensemble” Friday, Oct. 21, at 7:30 p.m. The concert also will be broadcast live on Facebook and YouTube.
Eric Sewell, a Socorro resident and violinist, put together the ensemble, which includes Thomas Green on the double bass, Carla Kountoupes on the violin, Jeffrey Smith on the viola and Lisa Donald on the cello. This concert’s program will especially highlight the double bass in a work the quintet will perform recalling Austrian composer Franz Schubert and German composer Felix Mendelssohn.
The double bass is the largest and lowest-pitched bowed (or plucked) string instrument. The “Nomad Ensemble” members are:
- Eric Sewell holds degrees in violin performance and musicology from the University of Alabama and Columbia University and is an alumnus of the Alabama School of Fine Arts. He has performed in orchestras across New Mexico, plays in Albuquerque regularly and is the assistant principal second violinist of the El Paso Symphony Orchestra.
Thomas Green, the featured double bass player, began teaching strings in Santa Fe Public Schools in 2019. He served for 25 years as principal bass of the Eastern Connecticut Symphony Orchestra and as a music teacher in the Ledyard Public Schools. Green, a native of Columbus, Ohio, began his musical career in elementary school as a cellist.
- Violinist Carla Kountoupes is a member of the Santa Fe Symphony Orchestra, Arizona Opera Orchestra, Santa Fe Pro Musica Chamber Orchestra and Piazzolla da Camera Piano Trio. She has toured and performed professionally with orchestras and chamber ensembles in Central America, Taiwan, Germany and all over the U.S. She inherited her violin, which was made in the 1740s, from her grandfather.
- Jeffrey Smith is a modern and period violinist and violist. As a period musician, he has been seen with the Orchestra of New Spain, Austin Baroque Orchestra, Santa Fe Pro Musica Baroque Ensemble, Jeune Orchestre de l’Abbaye, the Bloomington Bach Cantata Project, Santa Fe Desert Chorale, Parish House Baroque, Utopia Early Music, Great Basin Baroque, and Several Friends Early Music In The High Desert.
- Lisa Donald, cello, is an Albuquerque native, and she has played cello in New Mexico for over 20 years. After living and performing in New York City, she returned to Albuquerque to be near family.