ON­STAGE THIS WEEK

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“‘No more taxes!’ they all shouted, and then they pumped their fists, and I said, ‘What about the pot­holes?’ and they said, ‘Com­mu­nist!’” The line, from Dan Bern’s “Talkin’ Tea Party Blues,” is just one small slice of ir­rev­er­ent hu­mor pie to be tasted in the L.A. singer-song­writer’s vast cat­a­log of catchy orig­i­nal songs that chan­nel Guthrie, Dylan, Spring­steen, and a va­ri­ety of sad, skep­ti­cal, cyn­i­cal, se­ri­ous, and snarky ghosts from Bern’s sto­ried past. (He once named his band, with the best of tonguein-cheek in­ten­tions, the In­ter­na­tional Jewish Bank­ing Con­spir­acy.) Catch this class and crass folk-rock/talkin’ blues act at 7 p.m. Satur­day, Jan. 22, at the Santa Fe Per­for­mance Ex­change (for­merly Mike’s Mu­sic Ex­change), 7 Caliente Road, El­do­rado, $15 at the door, 466-3116. Lis­ten­ers who can’t get enough Beethoven will have a busy week­end as Santa Fe Pro Mu­sica of­fers three sep­a­rate all-Beethoven pro­grams at the

Len­sic Per­form­ing Arts Cen­ter (211 W. San Fran­cisco St.). At 7:30 p.m. Thurs­day, Jan. 27, Thomas O’Con­nor con­ducts the Sixth Sym­phony and Fifth Pi­ano Con­certo (with Per Tengstrand); at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 28, Tengstrand and vi­o­lin­ist Colin Ja­cob­sen, above, play sonatas; and at 6 p.m.

Satur­day, Jan. 29, the mini-fes­ti­val con­cludes with the Vi­o­lin Con­certo (with Ja­cob­sen) and Sev­enth Sym­phony. For tick­ets, $15-$65, call Pro Mu­sica at 988-4640, ext. 1000 or 988-1234, www.tick­etssantafe.org. The con­cert­mas­ter of the Buf­falo Phil­har­monic, Michael Lud­wig has de­vel­oped a par­al­lel ca­reer as a tour­ing con­certo soloist. He takes up his clas­sic Cre­monese vi­o­lin, built in the late 1700’s by Lorenzo Sto­ri­oni, when he ap­pears as soloist with the Santa Fe Sym­phony. Steven Smith con­ducts the per­for­mance, which takes place at 4 p.m. Sun­day, Jan. 23, at the Len­sic Per­form­ing Arts Cen­ter, 211 W. San Fran­cisco St. Sa­muel Bar­ber’s much-loved Vi­o­lin Con­certo will be on the mu­sic stands, along with Ber­lioz’s Rob Roy

Over­ture and Brahms’ Sym­phony No. 4. A free pre­con­cert lec­ture takes place at 3 p.m. For tick­ets ($20-$70), call 983-1414 or 988-1234; www.tick­etssantfe.org. Fol­low­ing sev­eral com­pe­ti­tion vic­to­ries in the early 1990’s, the Ar­me­nian pi­anist Sergei

Babayan set­tled in the United States, where he teaches at the Cleve­land In­sti­tute of Mu­sic. Los Alamos Con­cert As­so­ci­a­tion presents him at

8 p.m. Sun­day, Jan. 22, at Duane Smith Au­di­to­rium (Los Alamos High School, 1300 Di­a­mond Drive); tick­ets ($35) are avail­able at the door or in ad­vance ($30) from Ni­cholas Pot­ter Book­seller (211 E. Palace Ave., 983-5434). In ad­di­tion to works by Chopin and Rach­mani­noff, Babayan of­fer a group of pieces by Scri­abin, in­clud­ing Vers la flamme, a dif­fi­cult work from 1914 that pre­sum­ably de­picts the de­struc­tion of the Earth due to over­heat­ing.

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