Thir­teen up! Emily Bear & the Per­for­mance Santa Fe Orches­tra

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Thir­teen- year- old pi­anist and com­poser Emily Bear is al­ready deep into her ca­reer. She be­gan com­pos­ing when she was three; re­ally got rolling pro­fes­sion­ally at four, when a noted na­tional pub­lisher started re­leas­ing her mu­sic; and made her de­but as a solo pi­anist at Chicago’s Ravinia Fes­ti­val with a 40-minute recital of clas­si­cal mu­sic, jazz, and orig­i­nal com­po­si­tions at five. At six, she ap­peared on The Ellen De­Generes Show (her first of six vis­its there), which lifted her to na­tional celebrity. She cur­rently works with sev­eral pri­vate teach­ers in Chicago and New York, hon­ing her skills in pi­ano per­for­mance and jazz im­pro­vi­sa­tion. She’ll join the Per­for­mance Santa Fe Orches­tra, con­ducted by Joseph Il­lick, for that group’s an­nual Christ­mas Eve con­cert, per­form­ing as the soloist in Gershwin’s Rhap­sody in Blue and play­ing some of her own com­po­si­tions. Also on the pro­gram is Tchaikovsky’s Sym­phony No. 5. The con­cert takes place at the Len­sic Per­form­ing Arts Cen­ter (211 W. San Francisco St.) on Wed­nes­day, Dec. 24, at 5 p.m., fol­low­ing a “fam­ily pre­view” open re­hearsal at 2 p.m. Tick­ets ($27 to $100 for the con­cert, $10 and $25 for the fam­ily pre­view) are avail­able by call­ing 505-988-1234 or vis­it­ing www.tick­ — James M. Keller

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