Cana­dian strings: Or­ford String Quar­tet

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The Or­ford String Quar­tet was revered in Cana­dian mu­si­cal cir­cles dur­ing its 26 years of ex­is­tence, from 1965 un­til 1991. It is hon­ored by the New Or­ford String Quar­tet, which ap­pears this week un­der the aus­pices of Santa Fe Pro Musica. The New Or­ford group is a rel­a­tive new­comer to the cham­ber-mu­sic scene, hav­ing been formed only in 2009 by mem­bers who are all prin­ci­pal or as­so­ciate-prin­ci­pal play­ers in the sym­phony or­ches­tras of Toronto (vi­o­lin­ist Jonathan Crow and vi­o­list Eric Nowlin) and Mon­treal (vi­o­lin­ist An­drew Wan and cel­list Brian Manker). Their recital com­prises Schu­bert’s Quar­tettsatz (D. 703), Wolf’s Ital­ian Ser­e­nade, Beethoven’s Quartetto se­rioso, and De­bussy’s String Quar­tet, as well as the Scherzo (Op. 54, from 1992) by the late Cana­dian com­poser Jac­ques Hétu. The con­cert takes place at 4 p.m. on Satur­day, Oct. 10, at St. Fran­cis Au­di­to­rium (New Mexico Mu­seum of Art, 107 W. Palace Ave.). Tick­ets ($20 to $69) can be ar­ranged through Pro Musica di­rectly (505-988-4640; www.santafe­pro­mu­sica.com) or through Tick­ets Santa Fe at the Len­sic (505-988-1234; www.tick­etssantafe.org). — James M. Keller

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