Her­itage mu­sic: Os­valdo Goli­jov

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Ser­e­nata of Santa Fe opens its sea­son with a con­cert de­voted to cham­ber works by Os­valdo Goli­jov, the most ex­cit­ing voice among his gen­er­a­tion of Ar­gen­tine com­posers. Born in 1960, just out­side Buenos Aires, into a fam­ily of Eastern Euro­pean Jewish her­itage, Goli­jov pur­sued his com­po­si­tion stud­ies mostly in Is­rael and the United States be­fore set­tling in Mas­sachusetts. His ge­o­graphic and cul­tural trail left a deep mark on his mu­si­cal style, as Santa Feans may re­mem­ber from his opera Ai­nadamar; Santa Fe Opera pre­sented it in 2005, two years af­ter he was hon­ored with a MacArthur Fel­low­ship. Ser­e­nata’s mu­si­cians per­form his Tene­brae for string quar­tet, his Omaramor for solo cello, and his im­pos­ing clar­inet quin­tet The Dreams and Prayers of Isaac the Blind, a work drenched in an­cient Jewish mys­ti­cism and the laugh­ing-while-cry­ing clar­inets of klezmer mu­sic mak­ers. The per­for­mance be­gins at 7:30 p.m. on Fri­day, Sept. 11, at First Pres­by­te­rian Church (208 Grant Ave.). Tick­ets ($15 to $35) are avail­able from www.brown­pa­pertick­ets.com and at the door (no credit cards). — James M. Keller

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