Echoes from Cold Mountain: Jennifer Higdon
Jennifer Higdon’s new opera Cold Mountain will receive its premiere on Aug. 1 at Santa Fe Opera, but curious concertgoers may get a foretaste of her music at a concert that includes five of her chamber works, at the New Mexico History Museum (113 Lincoln Ave.) at 4 p.m. on Sunday, July 26. On the bill are her Steeley Pause, Celestial
Hymns, SMASH, and selections from the multimovement pieces Bentley Roses and Love Sweet; together, they represent her music from 1988 to 2013. The performing roster comprises soprano Adelaide Boedecker, mezzo-soprano Megan Marino, poet Demetria Martinez, the Del Sol String Quartet, and instrumentalists from the Santa Fe Opera Orchestra and the Chatter chamber ensemble of Albuquerque. Tickets cost $15 in advance (available from the Santa Fe Opera box office, 505-986-5900) or $20 at the door. — J.M.K.