Blowing in the wind: Serenata of Santa Fe
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.serenataofsantafe.org or at the door.
— James M. Keller