Pianist Ronald Maltais and tenor Marcos Vigil are two artists who have dedicated their lives to music. Maltais focuses his passion on piano and composition. Vigil’s instrument is voice. On Sept. 20, at 7:30 p.m., in the historic Plaza Hotel Ballroom in Las Vegas, N.M., the two come together for September Songs, a recital featuring 19th and 20th century lieder, art songs and arias sung in German, Italian, English and Spanish.
Maltais is artistic director of the Meadow City Academy of Music and the Castaneda Concert Series. He devotes most of his time to composition, directing and performance. He is a life-long student of the piano.
Originally from southern New Hampshire, his studies with Maurice Hoffman led to degrees from New England Conservatory and Boston University. Maltais pursued vocal training and specializes in choral direction and artistic direction.
Maltais’ travels have led to engagements as a musician and lecturer internationally. He premiered his Star Axis Preludes at the first Light Spectrum Concert at the United World College USA Dwan Light Sanctuary in 2016. Under his artistic direction, the Castaneda Concert Series has performed before standing room only audiences.
“I heard Marcos a year ago,” Maltais said, “and decided to ask if he’d be interested in collaborating on a musical project. The title September Songs seemed to reflect the mood of the music we selected.”
Vigil, who has performed in Las Vegas on several occasions, is artistic director for Words and Music Concert Series. Vigil holds a Bachelor of Music Degree from New Mexico State University and a Master’s Degree and a Professional Studies Certificate from the Manhattan School of Music. He comes back to his hometown frequently to add his voice to the creative musical offerings in Las Vegas.
Among his performances, Vigil has sung the role of Prunier in Puccini’s La rondine, as well as the role of Beppe in Donizetti’s Rita, where “Opera News” hailed his performance as a comedic and vocal tour-de-force. He has performed as Don Eusebio in Little Opera Theater of New York’s production of Rossini’s Opportunity Makes the Thief. Other roles include Don Ramiro in La cenerentola with Capital Heights Lyric Opera of New York, and Count Almaviva in Il barbiere di Siviglia with Opera Company of Brooklyn.
“I have deep family roots not only in Las Vegas, but in northern New Mexico,” Vigil said. “Since moving to New York, I make a point of visiting on a regular basis because coming home to New Mexico and Las Vegas is a way for me to recharge my batteries and reconnect. During the last few visits I’ve seen the positive changes. The new galleries, restaurants, the work being done on the Castaneda Hotel, the Railroad district, the thriving businesses on Bridge Street and on the Plaza; these are all such exciting developments. All these things served as inspiration to create the Words and Music Concert Series to give back to my community, which has given me so much.”
September Songs is sponsored by the Plaza Hotel, Las Vegas Arts Council and Southwest Capital Bank. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Words and Music Concert Series and the Meadow City Academy of Music. Tickets are $20 per person and available from the Las Vegas Arts Council and the Plaza Hotel.
A meet and greet reception will follow the performance.
Image Ronald Maltais, courtesy photo
Image Marcos Vigil, Jen Joyce Davis