If only briefly, violinist Katarzyna Maria Sokol-Borup has returned to Durango. Known as Kasia to friends and music lovers, the much beloved former Fort Lewis College faculty member will perform in a chamber music concert tonight at the acoustically inviting Unitarian Universalist Fellowship. The second in a four part series, the recital features the Mangold-Sokol Borup Trio playing Beethoven, Shostakovich, Piazzolla and Turina.
The trio coalesced a few years ago in this chamber series. Now in its fifth season, the UU recitals have featured many local luminaries, including soprano Gemma Kavanagh and mezzo Nan Wagner. Sokol-Borup has appeared as soloist as well as part of this piano trio.
When we first played together, it was an instant delight, Sokol-Borup said in a recent interview. Marilyn, Bonnie and I clicked immediately. Musicians know what I mean by that.
The other members of the ensemble are sisters: Pianist Marilyn Mangold Garst is music director at the Durango Unitarian fellowship; cellist Bonnie Mangold recently retired from the Utah Symphony.
Last spring, after four remarkably productive years in Durango, Sokol-Borup moved to Salt Lake City to join her husband, violinist Hasse Borup. They both teach on the faculty of the University of Utah, and they will become parents next spring, close to Bachs birthday, Sokol-Borupsaid.
Im sad that I wont be back for the Bach Festival in Durango, but my baby is due March 17 very close to Bachs birthday, Sokol-Borup said.
Last spring, fans of the Polish-born Sokol-Borup lamented her departure. She had played many roles in her all-too-short sojourn here: professor of violin and director of chamber music at FLC; concertmaster of the San Juan Symphony; director of the San Juan Youth Symphony; artistic director of the St. Marks spring Chamber Music Festival; and a much-in-demand soloist for many settings from the opening of the Durango Public Library to college convocation ceremonies.
Her return engagement this week is something of a celebration. The Mangold-Sokol Borup Trio will perform one night only.
All the pieces on the program are new to me, Sokol-Borup said. Im excited about that. I love to learn new work. Of course, Ive performed many other Beethoven pieces, but the Trio in E-flat major, Opus 1, No. 1, is new to me. Ive also played other Shostakovich works, but the Trio No. 1 is new to me.
Ive never played Piazzolla, and were going to perform one movement titled Oblivion. Then well close with a trio written by Joaquin Turina. Its a wonderful program.
Judith Reynolds is a Durango writer, artist and critic. Reach her at firstname.lastname@example.org.