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Since 1976, the Avery Fisher Career Grants have identified emerging musicians of exceptional promise. The philanthropist (and hi-fi equipment pioneer) explained why: “They are like flowers that must bloom at a particular time. They have to be helped at the right moments.” Recipients have included violinist Stefan Jackiw (below right) in 2002 and pianist Max Levinson in 1999. The two team up to perform sonatas by Mozart, Copland, and Brahms (his Third), as well as Lutoslawski’s Subito, at 8 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 19, in the Great
Hall of St. John’s College, 1160 Camino de Cruz Blanca. Tickets are $15 at the door; call 984-6000. Moving People Dance presents the second installment of its biannual New Dances series, which showcases contemporary works by 10 choreographers, at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Nov. 19 and 20. Performances include an improvisation duet with live music, a modern piece with local adult dancers, solo works by professional dancers and local dance students, and, to get you in the mood for the holidays, an excerpt from The
Nutcracker. Both performances take place at the intimate, 130-seat Moving People Dance Performance Space, 1583 Pacheco St., and tickets are $12. Call 438-9180 for more information. Whether she’s singing one of her original songs like the clever “You’d Look Swell in Nothing” or “Under Santa Fe Skies,” or belting out a jazz standard or a Carole King cover, singer-songwriter Susan Abod does it with passion, a sense of style, and good humor. She can make audiences remember a lost lover one minute and have them giggling at the local culture of therapy overdose the next. At 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 24, Abod performs with pianist Bert Dalton, bassist Milo Jaramillo, and percussionist Dave Brady at Tiny’s Restaurant and Lounge (off Early St., 983-9817). There is no charge for admission. When George Frideric Handel unveiled his oratorio Messiah in Dublin in 1742, advertisements begged “that the Ladies who honour this Performance with their Presence would be pleased to come without Hoops” and that “the Gentlemen are desired to come without their Swords, to increase audience accommodation yet further.” Messiah aficionados will doubtless follow those reasonable requests when the Santa Fe Symphony & Chorus (Tom Hall conducting) offers this evergreen masterwork at the Lensic
Performing Arts Center (211 W. San Francisco St.) at 4 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 21. A free pre-concert lecture takes place at 3 p.m. Tickets ($20-$70) are available from Tickets Santa Fe at the Lensic (988-1234, www.ticketssantafe.org).