NMSA’s ArtSpring at the Lensic; Souren Baronian and his band Taksim play Gig; Early Street Studio’s annual spring dance concert at the Armory for Arts Theater; NDI’s end-of-year event, Imagine the Possibilities at the Dance Barns; jaw-harp concert at the
Learning how to fly: NMSA’s Art Spring
Theater, dance, instrumental, and vocal students from the New Mexico School for the Arts hit the stage at 6 p.m. on Thursday, May 21, and Friday, 22, at the Lensic Performing Arts Center (211 W. San Francisco St.) for their year-end performance, ArtSpring 2015. Among the featured works are Brahms’ Capriccio Op. 76, No. 1; selections from Prokofiev’s Romeo and Juliet; and “I Sing the Body Electric” from Fame. Tickets are $15 and $10 for students and seniors; they are available by calling 505-988-1234 or visiting www.ticketssantafe.org. A $125 ticket for the May 22 show also includes a fundraising gala at the Eldorado Hotel. — Paul Weideman
Who’s got a duduk? Souren Baronian
Souren Baronian brings his intense blend of jazz and traditional Armenian music to Gig Performance Space (1808 Second St.) on Friday, May 15. Baronian, who studied saxophone with Lennie Tristano and Wayne Marsh, plays clarinet, duduk (double reed), and kaval (flute). His band, Taksim, also features Adam Good on oud, Paul Brown on bass, Polly Tapia Ferber on doumbek (hand drum), and Mal Stein on drums. Tickets to the 7:30 concert are $20 at the door. See www.gigsantafe.com. — P.W.
Weaving it together: Early Street
Dance Tapestry, the annual spring dance concert from Early Street Studios, happens at 8 p.m. on Saturday, May 16, at the Armory for the Arts Theater (1050 Old Pecos Trail). “The students at the studio all have an opportunity of doing their own choreography when they reach a certain age, so we have four choreographers in this performance, which makes it very interesting for the audience,” said Kim Caffrey, Early Street’s director. While her own pieces feature music by Strauss, the concert delves into music from Frank Sinatra and a Disney film. Admission is $8 at the door; call 505-983-5742. — P.W.
Into the limelight: jaw-harp concert
Concertgoers most readily recognize Kenneth Dean as a fellow who carries out his work in the back row of orchestras, since he serves as timpanist in the Santa Fe Symphony and percussionist in the New Mexico Philharmonic. But he has a sideline as a practitioner of the jaw harp, otherwise known as the jew’s-harp (through a quirky linguistic shift), although forms of the instrument pop up in cultures around the world without respect to religion. Its role in Western concert music is small but not quite nonexistent. At 7 p.m. on Thursday, May 21, Dean (assisted by seven colleagues) will be the soloist in a large percentage of its classical repertoire, playing two concertinos for jaw harp, mandora (here rendered on guitar), and orchestra by Johann Georg Albrechtsberger. An 18thcentury organist, composer, and music theorist, Albrechtsberger included among his pupils such notables as Beethoven and Hummel. Filling out the playlist is a jaw-harp transcription of Mozart’s Horn Quintet. Dean will offer a brief lecturedemonstration to begin the event, which takes place at the Santa Fe Woman’s Club (1616 Old Pecos Trail). There is a $10 suggested donation.
— James M. Keller
Storytime: NDI’s Imagine
More than 1,000 Santa Fe-area schoolchildren are dazzling audiences in NDI New Mexico’s Imagine the Possibilities: A Celebration of Reading! program, capping a year’s worth of hard work and dedication, said NDI artistic director Liz Salganek. The performers, ranging from kindergarten through 10th grade, bring to life Treasure Island, 1001 Arabian Nights, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, and other literary classics. Music performed by the NDI orchestra and directed by Bert Dalton includes “He’s a Pirate” from Pirates of the
Caribbean, “Fugue for Tinhorns” from Guys and Dolls (with lyrics by Dalton), and popular songs such as “Louie Louie,” “Wild Thing,” and “I’m a Little Teapot.” The annual end-of-year event began on May 7; the final four performances — with a second cast — are at the Dance Barns (1140 Alto St.) at 5 and 7 p.m. on Friday, May 15, and at 2 and 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 16. Tickets are $10 and $15; call 505-983-7661 or visit the box office at the Dance Barns. For tickets for the Saturday gala, call 505-983-7646, Ext. 110. — P.W.