Ran­dom Acts

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Shake­speare’s Othello & Verdi’s Otello; Santa Fe Sym­phony; coun­try­blues mu­si­cian Rory Block; Don Ed­wards and The Leg­end of Jack Thorp

The Santa Fe Sym­phony spot­lights its con­cert­mas­ter, David Fel­berg, and its prin­ci­pal vi­o­list, Kim­berly Fre­den­burgh, as the soloists in Mozart’s ev­er­wel­come Sin­fo­nia con­cer­tante for Vi­o­lin, Vi­ola, and Or­ches­tra (K.364/320d). The pro­gram also in­cludes Schu­bert’s Sym­phony No. 9. Its nick­name, the Great, seems to have been first used by Sir Ge­orge Grove (of Grove’s Dic­tionary of Mu­sic and Mu­si­cians fame), who noted that Schu­bert men­tioned in a let­ter that some cham­ber pieces he was work­ing on would serve as prepa­ra­tion for this “grosse Sin­fonie” — a “large” or “great” sym­phony. When Robert Schu­mann re­viewed the piece af­ter it was fi­nally pre­miered and pub­lished, more than a decade fol­low­ing Schu­bert’s death, he re­in­forced the nick­name by stress­ing the sym­phony’s “heav­enly length” — a fair char­ac­ter­i­za­tion of its run­ning time of 50 to 55 min­utes. The guest con­duc­tor is Philip Mann, the mu­sic di­rec­tor of the Arkansas Sym­phony Or­ches­tra. The con­cert takes place at 4 p.m. on Sun­day, Oct. 18, at the Len­sic Per­form­ing Arts Cen­ter, 211 W. San Fran­cisco St. Tick­ets ($25 to $80) can be had from the Sym­phony di­rectly (505-983-1414) or by call­ing the Len­sic at 505-988-1234 or vis­it­ing www.tick­etssantafe.org. A pre­con­cert talk at 3 p.m. is free to ticket hold­ers. — J.M.K.

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