Sounds for sacred spaces
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.