Ran­dom Acts

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

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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

the Pos­si­bil­i­ties

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.

He­len Har­ri­son

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