Mag­nif­i­cent ob­ses­sion: Gil Sha­ham

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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.tick­, or stop­ping by the Len­sic (211 W. San Francisco St.). — J.M.K.

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