Thinking of Britten: Santa Fe Symphony
Oriol Sans is the guest conductor when the Santa Fe Symphony performs Arvo Pärt’s Cantus in Memoriam
Benjamin Britten, Stravinsky’s Pulcinella Suite, and Brahms’ Serenade No. 1. Brahms’ compositions often went through several exploratory versions before he was content that he had found the ideal resources for expressing his ideas. His Serenade No. 1, which he wrote when in his mid-twenties, proceeded true to form, apparently beginning as a threemovement octet for winds and strings and then growing into a four-movement nonet before reaching its final, six-movement orchestral form. The concert begins at 4 p.m. on Sunday, March 20 (with a 3 p.m. lecture free to ticket holders), at the Lensic Performing Arts Center (211 W. San Francisco St.). Tickets ($25-$80, with discounts available) can be purchased through Tickets Santa Fe at the Lensic (505-988-1234, www.ticketssantafe.org). Sans, a contender in the orchestra’s search for a new principal conductor, has conducted the ensemble in two previous seasons, and until recently he served as musical director for the webcasts of the Detroit Symphony. — J.M.K.