Mov­ing Men­delssohn: Santa Fe Cham­ber Mu­sic Fes­ti­val

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Two ma­jor works fig­ure on a Santa Fe Cham­ber Mu­sic Fes­ti­val pro­gram that gets two go-rounds, at 6 p.m. on both Sun­day, Aug. 2, and Mon­day, Aug. 3, at St. Fran­cis Au­di­to­rium (New Mexico Mu­seum of Art, 107 W. Palace Ave.). The Johannes String Quar­tet per­forms the Quar­tet in F mi­nor by Felix Men­delssohn, the last and most deeply af­fect­ing of his six com­pleted quar­tets, re­flect­ing the emo­tional tur­moil oc­ca­sioned by the sud­den death of the sib­ling to which he was clos­est, his sis­ter Fanny. Any­one hold­ing on to the old conception of Men­delssohn as a light­weight is in­vited to lis­ten and re­con­sider. Pi­anist Marc-An­dré Hamelin will as­sist the four­some in a large-scale work that is en­coun­tered less of­ten than it de­serves: Leo Orn­stein’s Pi­ano Quin­tet, com­posed in 1927. It re­flects a num­ber of the mod­ernist ten­den­cies that were waft­ing through the mu­si­cal at­mos­phere at the time, but it binds them into a vast, vir­tu­osic piece that has a dis­tinct fla­vor. Tick­ets ($10 to $78) can be ar­ranged by call­ing 505-982-1890 or through www.santafecham­ber­mu­sic.com. — James M. Keller

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