Bach’s Mu­si­cal Offering; the 16th an­nual Rev­o­lu­tions In­ter­na­tional The­atre Fes­ti­val; Black Mesa Brass Quin­tet

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Mu­si­cal Offering In 1747, Jo­hann Se­bas­tian Bach vis­ited the palace of the mu­sic-lov­ing monarch Fred­er­ick the Great near Berlin, where Bach’s son Carl Philipp Emanuel worked as a staff harp­si­chordist. The king pre­sented the el­der Bach with a theme and asked him to ex­tem­po­rize two fugues based on it, which Bach did mas­ter­fully. Af­ter he re­turned home to Leipzig, Bach con­tin­ued delv­ing into the theme’s pos­si­bil­i­ties, the re­sult be­ing the 16 con­tra­pun­tal move­ments har­nessed to­gether un­der the ti­tle Mu­si­cal Offering. When he pub­lished the col­lec­tion, four months af­ter his visit, Bach pre­sented most of the pieces in rather ab­stract form with­out in­di­ca­tions of spe­cific in­stru­men­ta­tion. The ex­cep­tions are the four move­ments that make up what Bach ti­tled “Sonata on the Royal Sub­ject”; scored ex­plic­itly for flute, vi­o­lin, and basso con­tinuo, it is the great­est trio sonata ever writ­ten. Ser­e­nata of Santa Fe presents the com­plete Mu­si­cal Offering, per­formed by vi­o­lin­ists Stephen Red­field and Phoenix Avalon, flutist Carol Red­man, vi­ola da gam­bist Mary Springfels, and harp­si­chordist Kath­leen McIn­tosh. The con­cert takes place at 3 p.m. on Sun­day, Jan. 10, at First Pres­by­te­rian Church (208 Grant Ave.). Tick­ets ($15-$35) can be had at the door or, in ad­vance, through www.brown­pa­pertick­ets.org. For in­for­ma­tion, call Ser­e­nata at 505-989-7988. — James M. Keller

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