Field­work: The Academy of St. Martin in the Fields Cham­ber En­sem­ble

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The Academy of St. Martin in the Fields is named for the church in Lon­don’s Trafal­gar Square, where it gave its first con­cert, in 1959. From its orig­i­nal 11 mem­bers, the group grew into a cham­ber orches­tra, which be­came ubiq­ui­tous on the air­waves thanks to its more than 500 record­ings, most of which were led by Neville Mar­riner. In 1967, the or­ga­ni­za­tion es­tab­lished the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields Cham­ber En­sem­ble, which com­prises a hand­ful of the orches­tra’s prin­ci­pal play­ers and re­calls the group’s con­duc­tor­less ori­gins by tour­ing world­wide with larger cham­ber pieces, such as sex­tets and octets. Per­for­mance Santa Fe presents the en­sem­ble at 7:30 p.m. on Mon­day, May 11, at the Lensic Per­form­ing Arts Cen­ter (211 W. San Fran­cisco St.), where it will of­fer Brahms’ G-ma­jor Sex­tet and two works for string octet: Shostakovich’s Pre­lude and Scherzo plus Men­delssohn’s Octet for Strings. For tick­ets, $27 to $100 (dis­counts avail­able), call 505-988-1234 or visit www.tick­etssantafe.org. — James M. Keller

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