President’s Chamber Music Series Opens With String Quartet 

Pictured at far right is Willy Sucre performing as part of a string quartet during the inaugural WNMU Chamber Music Series event.

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Violist Willy Sucre kicked off the inaugural season of the Western New Mexico University President’s Chamber Music Series last fall and returns to campus with a string quartet this Tuesday, September 26, at 7:00 p.m. in Light Hall Theater. A pre-performance reception will take place on the Light Hall Patio at 6:30 p.m.

Originally from Bolivia, Sucre studied at the Conservatorio Nacional de Musica in La Paz, at Colby College Chamber Music Institute in Maine, Mannes School of Music in New York, and the Peabody Conservatory in Maryland. With experience as a conductor, a symphony violist, and an orchestra director, Sucre’s passion is chamber music ensembles. He spends his summers in South America searching for new chamber music pieces by modern composers and encouraging composers both here and in South America to write new pieces.

Sucre has performed and recorded music throughout South, Central, and North America. He is now a member of the New Mexico Philharmonic and the driving force behind Willy Sucre and Friends.

The Friends completing the quartet vary from performance to performance, and Sucre recruited violinists L.P. How and Justin Pollak plus cellist Felix Fan, who has performed with the likes of Yo-Yo Ma in venues like Carnegie Hall and The Kennedy Center all over the world.

“We are so happy to begin our second season of the President’s Chamber Music Series. Our inaugural year was outstanding, and we believe this year will be just as wonderful. From string quartets to the Tango, to a saxophone harp duo, there will be something for everyone. The Season pass will include the bonus concert—making all the events very affordable,” Special Assistant to the President for Cultural Affairs Faye McCalmont said.

This series is sponsored by James Edd Hughs/Edward Jones Investments and co-sponsored by Western Institute of Lifelong Learning (WILL) and the WNMU Office of Cultural Affairs.

Season passes to the five-performance series cost $60, and individual performances cost $15. Tickets can be purchased at WNMU Office of Cultural Affairs in Hunter Hall or online at

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