More by four: Johannes String Quartet
This week the Johannes String Quartet appears at the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival with five works that show their adaptability in a broad range of the quartet literature. On Sunday and Monday, Aug. 10 and 11 — at 6 p.m. on both evenings — the group performs Mozart’s D-major String Quartet (K. 575) and Weber’s Clarinet Quintet (with clarinetist David Shifrin) in a program that also spotlights other musicians in Mozart’s G-major Duo for Violin and Viola and Haydn’s cantata Arianna a
Naxos (with mezzo-soprano Sasha Cooke). On Tuesday, Aug. 12, at noon, the foursome offers an imaginatively constructed program consisting of Kurtág’s Hommage à Mihály András, 12 Microludes
for String Quartet, a potentially prickly collection of miniatures from 1977; Webern’s similarly compressed Six Bagatelles for String Quartet from 1913; and Brahms’ intense String Quartet No. 1 — the Brahms quartets being the focus of one of the group’s forthcoming recordings. Performances take place in the St. Francis Auditorium of the New Mexico Museum of Art, 107 W. Palace Ave. For tickets ($55-$75 for Aug. 10-11, $20-$25 for Aug. 12) call the festival at 505-982-1890 or 888-221-9836, ext. 102, or contact www.ticketssantafe.org (505-988-1234). — J.M.K.