Magnificent obsession: Gil Shaham
When acclaimed violinist Gil Shaham performed Bach’s Unaccompanied Partitas in E major and D minor in Santa Fe in 2010, he reported from the stage of the Lensic Performing Arts Center that he had been working on the pieces for the past 35 years, since he was five years old. Performance Santa Fe brings him back for a return visit at the same venue on Tuesday, Dec. 1, at 6:30 p.m., and, strange to say, he’ll play the same two pieces, along with one he didn’t program here before, the Partita in B minor. Bach’s sonatas and partitas for solo violin stand at the summit of Baroque polyphonic composition for the instrument, with the three partitas — performed in this concert — being suites that largely build on courtly dances popular in the early 18th century. Tickets ($27-$100) can be acquired by calling 505-988-1234, visiting www.ticketssantafe.org, or stopping by the Lensic (211 W. San Francisco St.). — J.M.K.