Blow­ing in the wind: Ser­e­nata of Santa Fe

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Ser­e­nata of Santa Fe is of­ten at its best when it turns its at­ten­tion to the rich cham­ber reper­toire for winds. On Sun­day, Nov. 15, at 3 p.m., flutist Pa­tri­cia Zu­ber, oboist Pamela Ep­ple (the group’s artis­tic di­rec­tor), clar­inetist Keith Lem­mons, hor­nist Scott Tem­ple, and bas­soon­ist Toni Lip­ton bring their tal­ents to bear on four 20th-cen­tury works for wind quin­tet: Hin­demith’s Kleine Kam­mer­musik (Op. 24, No. 2, from 1922), Irv­ing Fine’s Par­tita (1948), Villa-Lo­bos’ Quinteto en forma de chôros (1928), and En­dre Sz­erván­szky’s Fúvósötös (1953). Sz­erván­szky (1911-1977), the least fa­mil­iar com­poser on the con­cert, be­gan his ca­reer as a pro­fes­sional clar­inetist, but was in­creas­ingly drawn to writ­ing mu­sic rather than play­ing it, and in 1948 he be­came pro­fes­sor of com­po­si­tion at the Bu­dapest Acad­emy of Mu­sic. Fúvósötös means sim­ply “wind quin­tet” in Hun­gar­ian. This four-move­ment work, which is the first of Sz­erván­szky’s two wind quintets, is drenched in the vo­cab­u­lary of Hun­gar­ian folk mu­sic, much in the mold of his pre­de­ces­sors Kodály and Bartók. The con­cert takes place at First Pres­by­te­rian Church (208 Grant Ave.). Tick­ets ($15-$35) are avail­able through www.ser­e­nataof­ or at the door.

— James M. Keller

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