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July 21, 2014
SANTA FE CMF: WEEK 2

Sunday, July 27 & Monday, July 28 at 6 pm
St. Francis Auditorium at the New Mexico Museum of Art

Two-time Grammy nominee and Avery Fisher Career Grant winner, Jennifer Frautschi, violin, joins Wilhelmina Smith, cello; and Victor Santiago Asuncion, piano, in Haydn’s Piano Trio in D Major, Hob XV: 16. Eric Ruske, horn; Jennifer Frautschi, violin; and Alessio Bax, piano, perform Hungarian composer György Ligeti’s Horn Trio, an homage to Brahms’ work in the same genre.

Prior to having his compositions performed on the world’s most prestigious musical stages, Brett Dean was a violist with the Berlin Philharmonic for 14 years. As violist, he joins William Preucil and Jennifer Frautschi, violin; Hsin-Yun Huang, violist; and Mark Kosower, cello, for Mendelssohn’s String Quintet No. 2, Op. 87.

FRANZ JOSEPH HAYDN
Piano Trio in D Major, Hob. XV:16 (1790)
            Jennifer Frautschi, violin; Wilhelmina Smith, cello; Victor Santiago Asuncion, piano

GYÖRGY LIGETI 
Trio for Horn, Violin & Piano, “Hommage à Brahms” (1982)
            Jennifer Frautschi, violin; Eric Ruske, horn; Alessio Bax, piano

FELIX MENDELSSOHN 
String Quintet No. 2 in B-flat Major, Op. 87 (1845)
            William Preucil, violin; Jennifer Frautschi, violin; Brett Dean, viola; Hsin-Yun Huang, viola; 
Mark Kosower, cello

Sunday and Monday Series subscription: $396
Single tickets: $12-75; Ages 19-35 $15; Ages 6-18 $10
Ages 19-35 $15; Ages 6-18 $10


MUSIC AT NOON
ALESSIO BAX IN RECITAL

Avery Fisher Career Grant recipient and First Prize winner at the Leeds and Hamamatsu International Piano Competitions, pianist Alessio Bax has appeared as soloist with over 100 orchestras, including the London, St. Petersburg, and Royal philharmonic orchestras; Dallas, Houston, and NHK symphonies; and the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra with Sir Simon Rattle.  Mr. Bax's burgeoning discography includes recordings of works by Stravinsky, Mozart, Brahms, Rachmaninoff, and Bach. He ends his nine-day residency at the Festival with a romantic recital program of Beethoven, Mussorgsky, and Rachmaninoff – performances the New Yorkerrecently described as “formidable and sensitive” and Gramophone called “ardent and dazzling”.

Tuesday, July 29 at 12 noon

St. Francis Auditorium at the New Mexico Museum of Art

ALESSIO BAX, PIANO 

LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN
Sonata No. 31 in A-flat Major, Op. 110 (1821-22)

MODEST MUSSORGSKY
Hopak from The Fair of Sorochinsk (1923) (arr. Rachmaninoff)

SERGEI RACHMANINOFF
Prelude No. 16 in G Major, Op. 32, No. 5 (1901-03)

SERGEI RACHMANINOFF
Prelude No. 6 in G Minor, Op. 23, No. 5

MODEST MUSSORGSKY 
Pictures at an Exhibition (1874)

Music at Noon Series subscription: $242
Single tickets: $20-25, Ages 19-35 $15; Ages 6-18 $10


ALBUQUERQUE & THURSDAY SERIES 
ORION STRING QUARTET & BRETT DEAN

The Orion String Quartet and composer Brett Dean join forces again for the U.S. premiere and Festival co-commission of Mr. Dean’s String Quartet No. 2, “And once I played Ophelia” with acclaimed soprano Tony Arnold. Through a suite of five short movements, a concise portrait of Shakespeare’s troubled and elusive young character, Ophelia, comes to life. This marks the second Festival co-commission for Brett Dean.

Praised by The New York Times as a “bold, powerful interpreter,” Grammy-nominated soprano Tony Arnold is recognized internationally as a leading proponent of new music in concert and recording. Praised for her sparkling and insightful performances of the most daunting contemporary scores, she returns to the Festival for two performances of Mr. Dean’s work.

Hailed by the Washington Post for his “poised and imaginative playing,” pianist Victor Santiago Asuncionjoins Avery Fisher Career Grant recipient and two-time Grammy Award-nominee, flutist Tara Helen O’Connorfor Variations on “Trockne Blumen,” D. 802 based on Schubert’s masterly song cycle Die schöne Mullerin. Orion String Quartet ends the program with Beethoven’s triumphant string quartet No. 15 in A Minor, Op. 132 from the composer’s late period.

Wednesday, July 30 at 7:30 pm

Simms Auditorium, Albuquerque Academy
Thursday, July 31 at 6pm
St. Francis Auditorium at the New Mexico Museum of Art
Thursday, July 31 at 5 pm
Beauregard Gallery, New Mexico Museum of Art
Pre-concert talk: Composer Brett Dean and Marc Neikrug

FRANZ SCHUBERT
Introduction & Variations on “Trockne Blumen,” D. 802 (1824)  
Tara Helen O’Connor, flute; Victor Santiago Asuncion, piano

BRETT DEAN
String Quartet No. 2, “And once I played Ophelia” (2014) 
Text by Matthew Jocelyn after William Shakespeare
            Tony Arnold, soprano; 
Orion String Quartet: Daniel Phillips, violin; Todd Phillips, violin; Steven Tenenbom, viola; Timothy Eddy, cello
(Co-commissioned by the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival, the Britten Sinfonia, 
and Australian String Quartet; US premiere

LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN
String Quartet No. 15 in A Minor, Op. 132 (1825) 
            Orion String Quartet: Daniel Phillips, violin; Todd Phillips, violin; Steven Tenenbom, viola; 
Timothy Eddy, cello

Albuquerque Series subscription: $153; Single Tickets: $35 & 45
Thursday Series subscription: $305; Single Tickets: $35-70
Ages 19-35 $15; Ages 6-18 $10


 

MUSIC AT NOON
ALL BRAHMS

Celebrating the recent release of their recording of Rachmaninoff and Shostakovich cello sonatas, Joseph Johnson, cello; and Victor Santiago Asuncion, piano, come together as part of the Music at Noon series. The pair, who recently completed a six-city U.S. tour together, performs Brahms’s first and second sonatas during the noontime concert.

Thursday, July 31 at 12 noon

St. Francis Auditorium at the New Mexico Museum of Art

JOHANNES BRAHMS
Sonata No. 1 in E Minor for Cello & Piano, Op. 38 (1865) 
            Joseph Johnson, cello; Victor Santiago Asuncion, piano

JOHANNES BRAHMS
Sonata No. 2 in F Major for Cello & Piano, Op. 99 (1886)  
            Joseph Johnson, cello; Victor Santiago Asuncion, piano

Music at Noon Series subscription: $242
Single tickets: $20-25, Ages 19-35 $15; Ages 6-18 $10


BACH PLUS
ALL HANDEL

The second concert in the Bach Plus series, an all-Handel program, marks the Festival premiere of Grammy Award-winning mezzo-soprano Sasha Cooke. This versatile mezzo joins Timothy Eddy, cello, of Orion String Quartet and Kathleen McIntosh, harpsichord, in Handel’s magnificent cantata La Lucrezia (O Numi eterni). The singer, who’s performances have been praised by The New York Times as a “luminous standout,” recently triumphed in the title role in the world premiere of Mark Adamo’s The Gospel of Mary Magdelene at San Francisco Opera.

Handel’s Flute Sonata in C Major, HWV 365 performed by Tara Helen O’Connor with Kathleen McIntosh, harpsichord. The composer’s Piano Suite No. 5, “The Harmonious Blacksmith” performed by Victor Asuncion Santiago completes the program.


Saturday, August 2 at 5 pm
St. Francis Auditorium at the New Mexico Museum of Art

GEORGE FRIDERIC HANDEL
Flute Sonata in C Major, HWV 365 (ca. 1712)   
            Tara Helen O’Connor, flute; Kathleen McIntosh, harpsichord

GEORGE FRIDERIC HANDEL
Suite No. 5 in E Major, HWV 430, “The Harmonious Blacksmith” (ca.1720)  
            Victor Santiago Asuncion, piano

GEORGE FRIDERIC HANDEL
La Lucrezia (O Numi eterni), Cantata for Soprano & Continuo, HWV 145 (1709)
            Sasha Cooke, mezzo-soprano; Timothy Eddy, cello; 
Kathleen McIntosh, harpsichord

Bach Plus Series subscription: $200
Single tickets: $35 & 45; Ages 19-35 $15; Ages 6-18 $10


For more information on Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival's concerts and to order tickets, please call 505-982-1890 or visit www.SantaFeChamberMusic.com. The box office is located in the lobby of the New Mexico Museum of Art at 107 West Palace Avenue and is open daily from 10:00 am - 4:00 pm. 


ABOUT THE SANTA FE CHAMBER MUSIC FESTIVAL

Since its inaugural festival in 1973, the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival has become one of the world’s preeminent music festivals, guided by a visionary spirit and dedicated to artistic excellence and innovation. Contributing to its magic is the Festival’s unique Santa Fe setting, nestled amid the timeless splendors of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains. Under the spirited artistic leadership of composer/pianist Marc Neikrug since 1998, the Festival invites scores of distinguished musicians, along with emerging young talent, to participate in its 6-week season. The Festival encourages communication among composers, musicians, and audiences through premieres of Festival-commissioned works, the programming of works by living composers, and concerts featuring the composer as performer. Since 1980, the Festival has commissioned more than 60 works from such composers as Aaron Copland, Ned Rorem, Ellen Taaffe Zwilich, John Harbison, Gunther Schuller, Mark-Anthony Turnage, Steven Stucky, and Brett Dean, among many others, thereby contributing significantly to contemporary chamber music repertoire.

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