AFCM is managed by volunteers who, in addition to being passionately dedicated to chamber music, have outstanding qualifications. We invite you to get to know them.
Q: What would you tell your younger self about music that you know now?
Laura Casarez: I would encourage my younger self not to give up on pieces or genres that I found difficult to connect with. Some of the most rewarding musical experiences are those which take more time to figure out and grow accustomed to.
Q: What piece do you find yourself returning to again and again?
LC: Mozart String Quartet K 589. I only recently heard this quartet and ever since have been captivated by the details.
Q: Where do you come down on the “new” music vs. classical era debate?
LC: All eras of music have started out as “new” and therefore have been groundbreaking in some way. Though the classics of the chamber music repertoire are easy to focus on, it is also important and necessary to keep investing in new music.
Q: Has music ever made you think differently or changed your outlook?
LC: Absolutely! I think we each tend to gravitate toward music that challenges our emotions or thoughts, and I’ve found my outlook on many situations to change depending on the music I’ve been immersed in.
Q: Does music serve a moral purpose?
LC: Music, like all art, is for everyone. It takes down barriers between people, a feat few other things in the world can accomplish.
Q: Tell us about one of this season’s concerts that looks particularly appealing to you.
LC: I’m particularly interested in tonight’s program; I am always up for a celebration of female-composed works!
Q: Beside the AFCM concerts, what other fine art events do you plan to attend this season?
LC: As a graduate of UA’s music program, I keep up with the student and faculty programs on campus.
Q: What was the last good book you read?
LC: Pachinko, by Min Jin Lee—A fascinating look into Korean and Japanese cultures.
Q: What’s your favorite piece of music no one has heard of?
LC: Steve Reich: Tehillim
Q: What composer would you play for someone who’s never listened to chamber music before?
LC: In college, my non-music major friends would always come to support me at my performances. I’ve never forgotten the way they took to the Andante Cantabile movement from Tchaikovsky’s SQ No.1 – the lyricism and harmony seem to speak to new listeners in a very moving way.
Q: What piece of classical music should everybody hear before the age of 21?
LC: Start listening to Schoenberg ASAP!