ON­STAGE THIS WEEK

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“Thollem has per­formed in the­aters, art gal­leries, uni­ver­si­ties, el­e­men­tary schools, con­cert halls, jazz clubs, rock clubs, fes­ti­vals, ware­houses, house con­certs, streets, forests, ri­ots, and on tele­vi­sion, ra­dio, and the in­ter­net,” ac­cord­ing to Thollem McDonas’ on­line bio. Given the stylis­tic range, dizzy­ing arpeg­gio fin­ger speed, and tech­ni­cal pre­ci­sion of this genre-bust­ing ex­per­i­men­tal pi­anist, it’s pos­si­ble this list is in­com­plete and should in­clude other worlds and di­men­sions. From

1 to 5 p.m. on Satur­day and Sun­day, Feb. 26 and 27, McDonas holds by-do­na­tion work­shops for mu­si­cians of all ex­pe­ri­ence lev­els at High

May­hem Emerg­ing Arts (2811 Siler Lane, www.high­may­hem.org). At 7 p.m. on Sun­day, McDonas per­forms there, and High May­hem re­quests a $10 do­na­tion at the door. Space for the work­shops is lim­ited; email press@high­may­hem.org to en­roll. Call 470-5291 for de­tails. The ti­tle of David Lang’s The Lit­tle

Match Girl Pas­sion sug­gests the two strands of its an­ces­try: on one hand, Bach’s pas­sions; on the other, Hans Chris­tian An­der­sen’s tale of a street urchin who dies on a cold night while light­ing matches to keep her vi­sion of hope alive. In this Santa Fe New Mu­sic con­cert, John Kennedy con­ducts this “sec­u­lar pas­sion” for four singers plus in­stru­men­tal en­sem­ble, along with a new work of his own. The per­for­mance be­gins at 8 p.m. on Fri­day, Feb. 25, at the Uni­tar­ian

Univer­sal­ist Church (107 W.

Barcelona St.). A 7:30 p.m. Satur­day, Feb. 26, per­for­mance

takes place at the Kos­mos The­ater in Albuquerque (1715 Fifth St., N.W.). Tick­ets, $20, are avail­able the evenings of the con­certs and are $15 in ad­vance from Ni­cholas Pot­ter Book­seller (983-5434). Call SFNM, 474-6601. “New York, New York,” a Strauss waltz, and “The Girl From Ipanema” should give you an idea of the va­ri­ety com­ing up on Satur­day, Feb. 26, from 7 to 10 p.m. in a Let’s Dance pro­gram fea­tur­ing the Santa Fe Great Big

Jazz Band and the Santa Fe Com­mu­nity Orches­tra. The mu­si­cal evening at the Santa Fe Com­mu­nity Con­ven­tion Cen­ter (201 W. Marcy St.) also boasts guest vo­cal­ist Judy

Grimes. “She sang with us two years ago and stole the show,” said SFCO pres­i­dent Paul Pease. Ad­mis­sion is free, but a $10 do­na­tion is sug­gested. There is food from Cow­girl BBQ avail­able for pur­chase, a silent auc­tion, a cash bar, and free dance in­struc­tion by Dance Sta­tion from 6 p.m. Pro­ceeds ben­e­fit SFCO. Call 466-4879 for de­tails and 988-2550 for ta­ble reser­va­tions. Santa Fe Pro Mu­sica hosts the Jasper String Quar­tet at St. Fran­cis Au­di­to­rium, New Mex­ico Mu­seum of Art (107 W. Palace Ave.). The four­some, cur­rently in res­i­dence at Ober­lin Col­lege Con­ser­va­tory of Mu­sic (where the Jasper formed in 2003), re­turns to Santa Fe to of­fer string quar­tets by Haydn, Beethoven (op. 131), and Con­rad Tao (an­other Pro Mu­sica reg­u­lar), and flutist Carol Red­man as­sist in Mozart’s D-ma­jor Flute Quar­tet. The con­cert be­gins at

6 p.m. on Satur­day, Feb. 26. Tick­ets ($15 to $65) are avail­able through Pro Mu­sica’s box of­fice (988-4640, Ext. 1000) or Tick­ets Santa Fe at the Len­sic (988-1234, www.tick­etssantafe. org). There is a pre­con­cert

talk at 5 p.m. free to ticket

hold­ers.

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