Re­turn of the prodigy: Con­rad Tao

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Con­rad Tao has been grac­ing t he pro­grams of Santa Fe Pro Mu­sica since he was an emerg­ing pi­ano prodigy, and now he’s back as a fully formed young artist soon to earn his un­der­grad­u­ate de­grees through a joint pro­gram of Columbia Univer­sity and The Juil­liard School. At 7:30 p.m. on Fri­day, April 22, he per­for ms an in­trigu­ingly crafted solo recital that com­prises two selections from Fred­eric Rzewski’s po­lit­i­cally charged North Amer­i­can

Bal­lads (“Which Side Are You On?” and “Winns­boro Cot­ton Mill Blues”), Co­p­land’s Pi­ano Sonata, Ravel’s Valses no­bles et sen­ti­men­tales, and Schu­mann’s Car­naval. At 4 p.m. on Satur­day, April 23, and at 3 p.m. on Sun­day, April 24, he ap­pears as soloist with the Santa Fe Pro Mu­sica Orches­tra, con­ducted by Thomas O’Con­nor, in Beethoven’s Pi­ano Con­certo No. 5, the Em­peror, cap­ping off a pro­gram that also in­cludes Mozart’s Sym­phony No. 40 in G mi­nor and

Entr’acte by Caro­line Shaw, win­ner of the 2013 Pulitzer Prize for Mu­sic. All three con­certs take place at the Len­sic Per­form­ing Arts Cen­ter (211 W. San Fran­cisco St.). Tick­ets ($12-$69 for each event) are avail­able through Pro Mu­sica’s box of­fice (505-988-4640) or from the Len­sic (505-988-1234, www.tick­ — James M. Keller

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