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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.