Sounds for sa­cred spa­ces

Pasatiempo - - RANDOM ACTS - — James M. Keller

The his­toric, un­am­pli­fied, 142-seat San Miguel Chapel (401 Old Santa Fe Trail) of­fers backto-back evenings this week. On Fri­day, Oct. 23, at 7:30 p.m., vi­o­lin­ist El­iz­a­beth Blu­men­stock, vi­ola da gam­bist Mary Springfels, and harp­si­chordist Elaine Thorn­burgh — all of whom have earned in­ter­na­tional ac­co­lades — pool their tal­ents for a “Bach and Be­fore” con­cert that in­cludes two sonatas by Jo­hann Se­bas­tian Bach (one fea­tur­ing vi­o­lin, the other vi­ola da gamba) and works by such of his Ger­man Baroque pre­de­ces­sors as Jo­hann Hein­rich Schmelzer, Philipp Hein­rich Er­lebach, and Jo­hann Schop. Tick­ets ($20) are avail­able at the door. On the next evening at the San Miguel Chapel, at 7:30 p.m. on Satur­day, Oct. 24, clas­si­cal gui­tarist Lynn McGrath of­fers a pro­gram ti­tled “Re­tratos From Spain and Be­yond,” which in­cludes mu­sic from Mario Castel­n­uovo-Tedesco’s suite Platero y yo, pref­aced by read­ings from the Juan Ramón Jimenez book that in­spired it. Based in Al­bu­querque but soon to join the fast-grow­ing gui­tar pro­gram of Ok­la­homa City Univer­sity, McGrath holds a doc­tor­ate from the Univer­sity of South­ern Cal­i­for­nia and has con­cer­tized widely in the United States, Europe, and South Amer­ica as well as in New Zealand, where a few months ago she ap­peared in a six-con­cert tour. Tick­ets ($20, but $10 for stu­dents and se­niors) are avail­able at the door.

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