Ran­dom Acts

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Blessed Un­rest, a col­lab­o­ra­tive show­case of works in progress; Play­wrights’ Work­shop, a group of staged read­ings; Santa Fe Pro Mu­sica Orches­tra; and the Ir­ish Cham­ber Orches­tra

Founded in Dublin in 1963, the Ir­ish Cham­ber Orches­tra re­lo­cated some three decades later to Lim­er­ick, where it has resided ever since, housed within that city’s univer­sity. The core group con­sists of 22 mu­si­cians — two oboes, two horns, and strings — and ekes out those forces as needed to ex­plore the breadth of the cham­ber-orches­tra reper­toire. A four-con­cert Amer­i­can tour in­cludes a book­ing by the Los Alamos Con­cert As­so­ci­a­tion, which presents the group at 7 p.m. on Satur­day, Nov. 7, at Duane Smith Au­di­to­rium (Los Alamos High School, 1300 Di­a­mond Drive). Lead­ing the group is Gá­bor Takács-Nagy, who in 1975 founded the ac­claimed Takács Quar­tet, in which he per­formed as first vi­o­lin­ist through 1992; af­ter that he cre­ated the Takács Pi­ano Trio and the string quar­tet Mikrokos­mos. In 2002 he be­gan de­vot­ing him­self to con­duct­ing, and in 2013 he was ap­pointed the Ir­ish Cham­ber Orches­tra’s prin­ci­pal artis­tic part­ner. The pro­gram fea­tures cel­list István Vár­dai in con­cer­tos by Haydn (in C ma­jor) and C.P.E. Bach (in A ma­jor) and also in­cludes two or­ches­tral clas­sics, Haydn’s Sym­phony No. 49 (La pas­sione) and Bartók’s Diver­ti­mento for String Orches­tra. Tick­ets can be had for $30 in ad­vance from Tick­ets Santa Fe at the Len­sic (505-988-1234, www.tick­etssantafe.org) or $35 at the door. — James M. Keller

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