Sketches from Spain

Pasatiempo - - RANDOM ACTS - — J.M.K.

The Span­ish mezzo-so­prano Con­suelo Sañudo may be fa­mil­iar to lis­ten­ers who fol­low the early-mu­sic scene, as she has ap­peared with such groups as Se­quen­tia, Weser Re­nais­sance, and the Las Huel­gas En­sem­ble. In fact, she has worked in a broad range of reper­toire, from the most an­cient to the most mod­ern, with her per­for­mances of con­tem­po­rary mu­sic be­ing spot­lighted at the Moscow Al­ter­na­tiva and the Frank Zappa Fes­ti­val of Brus­sels Ra­dio. Her free con­cert at 7:30 p.m. on Fri­day, Oct. 23, in the Great Hall of Peter­son Stu­dent Cen­ter of St. John’s Col­lege (1160 Camino de Cruz Blanca), in­cludes stan­dard art songs by Du­parc (“Phidylé”), Mahler (“Rhein­le­gend­chen”), Falla (two of his Si­ete can­ciones pop­u­lares es­paño­las), and Fauré (his lus­cious nine-song cy­cle La bonne

chan­son, to po­etry by Ver­laine). A rar­ity also fig­ures in the mix: Schoenberg’s in­fre­quently heard Das Buch der hän­gen­den Gärten (The Book of the Hang­ing Gar­dens), a set of 15 songs that traces the progress of a failed love af­fair. Com­posed in 1908 and 1909, this was one of the first works in which Schoenberg em­braced com­plete atonal­ity — or, as he put it, in which “I have for the first time suc­ceeded in ap­proach­ing an ideal of ex­pres­sion and form which has been in my mind for many years.” Sañudo will be as­sisted by pi­anist Jeff Gibbens, who will also play his own short com­po­si­tion Strut. For fur­ther in­for­ma­tion, call 505-984-6000.

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