Ran­dom Acts

St. Lawrence String Quar­tet; Bal­letBoyz; Ser­e­nata of Santa Fe; pi­anist Ge­orge Win­ston

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North­ern ex­po­sure: St. Lawrence String Quar­tet

The St. Lawrence String Quar­tet, es­tab­lished in 1989, is one of Canada’s premier cham­ber en­sem­bles, but that kindly na­tion to the north doesn’t mind shar­ing it. For the past 18 years, the four­some has been the en­sem­ble-in-res­i­dence at Stan­ford Univer­sity, and Santa Feans look for­ward to its not-in­fre­quent vis­its as high points of the cham­ber-mu­sic cal­en­dar. Haydn is one of the play­ers’ pas­sions, and in their con­cert here, spon­sored by Santa Fe Pro Mu­sica, they will open with one of his most dra­matic quar­tets, the Quar­tet in F mi­nor, Op. 20, No. 5. Also on the pro­gram are the Se­cond String Quar­tet by John Adams (an­other St. Lawrence spe­cialty) and the ef­fu­sive String Quar­tet No. 3 of Robert Schu­mann. The per­for­mance be­gins at 2 p.m. on Sun­day, Feb. 7, in St. Fran­cis Au­di­to­rium (New Mex­ico Mu­seum of Art, 107 W. Palace Ave.). Tick­ets, $12-$69, are avail­able from Tick­ets Santa Fe at the Len­sic Per­form­ing Arts Cen­ter (505-988-1234, www.tick­etssantafe.org). — James M. Keller

New Age in­no­va­tor: Ge­orge Win­ston

Ge­orge Win­ston, a vet­eran of “ru­ral folk pi­ano,” plays two con­certs at 7:30 p.m. on Fri­day, Feb. 5, and Satur­day, Feb. 6, at Cen­ter Stage (505 Camino de los Mar­quez). In­flu­enced by Fats Waller, Teddy Wil­son, and Pro­fes­sor Long­hair, Win­ston was an in­no­va­tor of the placid con­tem­po­rary in­stru­men­tal mu­sic that be­came known as “New Age.” His first disc was Bal­lads and Blues 1972, re­leased on John Fa­hey’s Takoma la­bel. This was fol­lowed by sev­eral im­pres­sion­is­tic early 1980s al­bums, such as Au­tumn and De­cem­ber. His ré­sumé in­cludes two vol­umes of The Mu­sic of Vince Guaraldi, al­bums ac­com­pa­ny­ing read­ings by Meryl Streep and Liv Ull­mann, and a se­ries of al­bums, as pro­ducer, on the masters of Hawai­ian slack-key gui­tar. Tick­ets are $53 in ad­vance from www.hold­myt­icket.com and $58 at the door. Visit www.am­p­con­certs.org or call 505- 603- 8134. — Paul Wei­de­man

Num­bers game: Ser­e­nata of Santa Fe

The mu­si­cians of the Ser­e­nata of Santa Fe cham­ber col­lec­tive present a con­cert ti­tled “Color Map­ping,” crafted to show­case a va­ri­ety of in­stru­men­tal com­bi­na­tions. The pro­gram in­cludes mu­sic for one player (a Sara­bande for solo vi­olin by Kenji Bunch), two play­ers (Bern­stein’s Sonata for Clar­inet and Pi­ano, Poulenc’s Sonata for Flute and Pi­ano), three play­ers (move­ments for vi­olin, cello, and pi­ano by Bunch and by Josef Suk), and five play­ers ( Joan Tower’s Petroush­skates, a vi­brant piece for f lute, clar­inet, vi­olin, cello, and pi­ano that mixes the dual in­spi­ra­tions of Stravin­sky and pairs fig­ure-skat­ing). The con­cert takes place on Satur­day, Feb. 6, at 7:30 p.m. at First Pres­by­te­rian Church (208 Grant Ave.). Tick­ets ($15-$35) can be pur­chased in ad­vance through www.brownpapertick­ets.com. For in­for­ma­tion, call Ser­e­nata at 505-989-7988. — J.M.K.

Royal men: Bal­letBoyz

Bal­leri­nas usu­ally rely on male dancers to lift them with strength and power, sup­port­ing them as they ap­pear to f ly gracefully through the air. Though men dis­play plenty of el­e­gance in their lifts and leaps, they spend a great deal of time ful­fill­ing their duty as a sturdy prop, their brute bulk con­trasted against the lithe lines of the women. But in the all-male com­pany Bal­letBoyz, the full spec­trum of force and beauty em­bod­ied by men in the bal­let world is cen­ter stage. The un­usual chore­og­ra­phy is elec­tric and dra­matic, and the men’s bod­ies give new shape to a medium that, rightly or wrongly, is of­ten con­sid­ered dainty. Bal­letBoyz won the U.K. Crit­ics Cir­cle Award for Best In­de­pen­dent Dance Com­pany in 2012 and 2014, with a mix of clas­si­cally trained dancers and those cho­sen for their raw tal­ent by di­rec­tors Michael Nunn and Wil­liam Tre­vitt — both for­mer Royal Bal­let dancers. Bal­letBoyz comes to the Len­sic Per­form­ing Arts Cen­ter (211 W. San Fran­cisco St.) on Thurs­day, Feb. 11, at 7 p.m. Tick­ets, $20-$55, are avail­able by call­ing 505-988-1234 or vis­it­ing www.tick­etssantafe.org. — Jen­nifer Levin

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