‘Brazil to Alaska,’ a show to remember it

Timothy Smith, professor of music and associate dean of the Performing and Fine Arts and Humanities Department of Music at UAA, Karl Pasch, owner of Music Man in Anchorage and Lars Hoefs, professor of cello and music history at Sao Paulo State University in Campinas, Brazil, will perform as a trio in the concert “From Brazil to Alaska.”


The trio will consist of Smith on piano, Pasch on clarinet and Hoefs on cello. This is a trio that, according to Smith, is not often heard live.

“It sounds like it should be a really interesting concert. The mix of songs will make for a good repertoire,” Jerill Martinez, psychology major, said.

The trio has worked with each other in the past, the first cooperation of which occurred when Smith met Hoefs through Pasch at a concert several years ago.

“This is the kind of repertoire that is not heard very often live because of the [mix of] instruments… You don’t hear a piano, clarinet and cello being played as a trio very often,” Smith said.

The concert will showcase “Trio for Clarinet and Piano in D minor, Op. 3” by Alexander von Zemlinsky, “Brazilian Landscapes No. 16” by Liduino Pitombeira and “Clarinet Trio in A minor, Op. 114” by Johannes Brahms.

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“What draws me to classical music is that it is different from the music we have today. It is more relaxed, and yet more dramatic and complicated,” Kirsten Nyquist, health science major, said.

The opening and closing pieces by Zemlinsky and Brahms have more of a connection than just being from the same era of music.

“Zemlinsky is a little less known by people, however, he did have a connection to Brahms. Brahms was aware of his music and actually gave him a thumbs up on some of his compositions including the piece we are going to perform,” Smith said. “To get his stamp of approval was really something.”

“Brazilian Landscapes No. 16” is a more recent piece, composed in 2017 by Liduino Pitombeira, professor of composition at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro School of Music in Brazil.

Performances like “Brazil to Alaska” are something Smith has become accustomed to, but it is an experience he still enjoys. Both Pasch and Smith have played in the Anchorage Symphony Orchestra, which can hold an audience oup to 2,000 in the Atwood Concert Hall.

Hoefs is a leading expert on cello repertoire of the Brazilian composer Heitor Villa-Lobos and has performed with several Brazilian orchestras throughout his career.

Brazil to Alaska will take place on Sunday, Feb 18 at 4 p.m. in the UAA Recital Hall. Tickets are available through tickets.vendini.com and are $19.99 for adults, $14.99 for seniors and military and $9.99 for students.