Modern and Mozart: Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival
Aficionados of contemporary music may want to check out the world premiere of British composer Alexander Goehr’s Seven Impromptus for Two Pianos, composed this year on commission from the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival. Pianists Ran Dank and Soyeon Kate Lee do the performing honors, on a program that also includes a duo-sonata by Mozart (with the same pianists) and Smetana’s String Quartet No. 1 (with the Miami String Quartet). It takes place at 6 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 17. Two further modern scores get an airing at the festival this week: the 1981 composition Cha Cha Cha, by the Danish composer Poul Ruders, which solo percussionist David Tolen will play in a concert that begins at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 19 (sharing the bill with piano quartets by Mozart and Brahms); and the Norwegian Rolf Wallin’s 1990 piece Stonewave, for three percussionists (Tolen plus Jeffrey Cornelius and Scott Ney) at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 20 (with different piano quartets by Mozart and Brahms). All of these concerts take place at the Lensic Performing Arts Center (211 W. San Francisco St.). Tickets are $12 to $78 for the Aug. 17 concert and $12 to $72 for Aug. 19 and 20; call 505-988-1234 or visit www.ticketssantafe.com. — J.M.K.