Anne-Marie Mc Dermott
Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival
NoonTuesday, Aug. 10: a solo recital of piano works by Haydn, Wuorinen & Chopin; $15 & $20
6 p.m.Wednesday &Thursday,Aug.11 &12: with violinist Ani Kavafian playing Schubert’s Duo in A Major; with Opus One & Ani Kavafian in Steven Stucky’s new Piano Quintet; $29-$55
NoonThursday, Aug.12: with clarinetist David Shifrin in Mieczysław Weinberg’s Sonata, Op. 28; $15 & $20
6 p.m.Aug.15 & 16: with Opus One in piano quartets by Beethoven and
Schumann; $48 & $62 All concerts are at St. Francis Auditorium, New Mexico Museum of Art, 107W. Palace Ave.Tickets are available from the festival box office in the museum (www.sfcmf.org, 982-1890) andTickets Santa Fe at the Lensic (www.ticketssantafe.org, 988-1234). my life immersed in it, and the chamber music part of the Vail festival has been neglected. But Vail is also an important festival for orchestras. The 2011 season will present 18 concerts by the New York Philharmonic, the Dallas Symphony, the Philadelphia Orchestra — so that’s a different field of repertoire from what I have normally worked with.
Pasa: In your chamber music activities you often appear as part of a dedicated ensemble that works together over a long period, as you do with Opus One. But you also belong to what we might call the floating pool of chamber music players whose paths cross more sporadically, which is the norm at quite a few festivals. How do you respond to these different approaches from your perspective as a pianist and as a producer of chamber music?
McDermott: That is such a central issue. In creating Vail’s programs, my approach is going to be to present five absolutely powerful concerts. I am not drawing from the pool of the “chamber music club” in the sense of just bringing a group of musicians together and giving them a week to work up a program. I’ll do the opposite: establish a program and then find the best group of players for it. When players from the chamber music pool come together, there can be a level of spontaneity — a visceral intensity and focus everybody has to have. If the group is well put together, you can get something really amazing in performance, but it is a real art to get the right match in a group.