Ran­dom Acts

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Del Sol String Quar­tet takes on Sa­muel Bar­ber; Mono Mondo Dance Fes­ti­val shakes it on the Band­stand; The Des­lon­des and The Haunted Wind­chimes rock Meow Wolf; Santa Fe Desert Cho­rale sings Shake­speare; the Dave Hol­land Trio grooves at the Len­sic; and Jo­hannes String Quar­tet plays a few dates at St. Fran­cis Au­di­to­rium

Big on Bar­ber: Del Sol String Quar­tet

Sa­muel Bar­ber, whose Vanessa opens at Santa Fe Opera on July 30, wrote rather lit­tle cham­ber mu­sic, but what he did pro­duce in­cludes some pieces of high qual­ity and stay­ing power. The Del Sol String Quar­tet, based in the San Fran­cisco Bay Area, is most known for its intrepid for­ays to the front lines of the avant-garde. It will be in­ter­est­ing to hear them in the more con­ser­va­tive lan­guage of early Bar­ber. On Sun­day, July 24, at 4 p.m., the quar­tet par­tic­i­pates in an hour­long all-Bar­ber con­cert in Stieren Hall at Santa Fe Opera (seven miles north of Santa Fe on U.S. 84/285), per­form­ing his String Quar­tet (the mid­dle move­ment of which gained wider renown as his or­ches­tral Ada­gio for Strings) and his cham­ber song cy­cle Dover Beach, with bari­tone Jar­rett Ott. The con­cert also in­cludes a se­lec­tion of Bar­ber’s songs, per­formed by Ott and by so­prano Re­becca Kryn­ski Cox, the lat­ter hav­ing pro­grammed the pop­u­lar Her­mit Songs. Pi­anist Robert Tweten as­sists. Tick­ets ($15) can be had by call­ing the opera’s box of­fice at 505-986-5900 or 800-280-4654. — James M. Keller

Movers and shak­ers: Mono Mondo World Dance Fes­ti­val

Dance tra­di­tions from Per­sia, Ire­land, Africa, the United States, and more take over the Santa Fe Plaza Band­stand on Satur­day, July 23, at 1 p.m., when the New Mex­ico Dance Coali­tion, a non­profit group that sup­ports lo­cal dance schools and or­ga­ni­za­tions, presents the 21st an­nual Mono Mundo World Dance Fes­ti­val. Artists from Santa Fe, Al­bu­querque, and else­where in North­ern New Mex­ico present a free show of re­gional and tra­di­tional chore­og­ra­phy. Per­form­ers in­clude Belisama Ir­ish Dance, Wassa Drum & Dance, and Zir­cus Ero­tique. Also on tap is belly-danc­ing by Mo­saic Dance Com­pany, the Sal­tanah Dancers, and Azadeh of Madrid, along with break danc­ing by 3HC Holy Faith. For a com­plete sched­ule, visit www. nm­dance­coali­tion.org. — Jen­nifer Levin

Light the night: Dou­ble bill at Meow Wolf

A dou­ble bill of The Des­lon­des and The Haunted Wind­chimes prom­ises to be a real barn­burner at Meow Wolf Art Space (1352 Ru­fina Cir­cle, 505-780-4458) on Satur­day, July 23, with the pair­ing of these earnestly tal­ented coun­try-in­spired bands. The Des­lon­des are a col­lab­o­ra­tive ex­per­i­ment from New Or­leans, a non-hi­er­ar­chi­cal group in which all five mem­bers play mul­ti­ple in­stru­ments and write songs and four of the mem­bers sing. With gospel in­flec­tions and honky-tonk rhythms, they sound like many old fa­vorites — Johnny Cash and Hank Williams come to mind — if those old fa­vorites had been gen­er­ally more pos­i­tive about life. The Haunted Wind­chimes, a four­some that hails from Pue­blo, Colorado, veer to­ward moun­tain roots mu­sic and coun­try jazz with melodic and mourn­ful — yet en­er­getic — songs that evoke the his­tory of Pue­blo, a work­ing-class town of min­ers, millers, and rail­road­ers. The con­cert be­gins at 8:30 p.m. (doors open at 8 p.m.). Tick­ets, avail­able at www.me­ow­wolf.com, are $12 in ad­vance, $15 at the door. — J.L.

Play on: Desert Cho­rale sings Shake­speare

Fol­low­ing a dis­tin­guished ca­reer as a cho­ral con­duc­tor in Wash­ing­ton State and Edmonton, Al­berta, Richard Sparks re­lo­cated to as­sume his cur­rent po­si­tion over­see­ing the fac­ulty for con­duct­ing and en­sem­bles at the Univer­sity of North Texas and lead­ing that school’s Univer­sity Singers and Col­legium Singers. For his ap­pear­ance as a guest con­duc­tor with the Santa Fe Desert Cho­rale, he has put to­gether Sounds and Sweet Airs, an imag­i­na­tive pro­gram of lesser-known cho­ral works, both a cappella and ac­com­pa­nied, set to texts from 10 Shake­speare plays as well as from a cou­ple of son­nets. On the docket are Fan­cies I by Sven-Eric Jo­han­son, se­lec­tions from Frank Martin’s Songs of Ariel, Witches’ Brew by Ron Ap­ple­baum, Vaughan Williams’ Three Shake­speare Songs, and a set by George Shear­ing ti­tled Songs and Son­nets. Pi­anist Nathan Salazar as­sists, and ac­tor Anna Farkas in­ter­sperses a se­lec­tion of Shake­speare read­ings. The pro­gram will be un­veiled at 8 p.m. on Thurs­day, July 28, at the Church of the Holy Faith (311 E. Palace Ave.), and con­tin­ues with per­for­mances on July 30 and Aug. 3 and 7. Tick­ets ($45-$65) are avail­able by call­ing 505-988-2282 or through www.de­sertchorale.org. — J.M.K.

Bass on top: Dave Hol­land Trio with Chris Pot­ter

Since the night in 1968 that Miles Davis hired him off the band­stand at Ron­nie Scott’s jazz club in Lon­don, Dave Hol­land has been the jazz world’s most con­spic­u­ous bassist, back­ing the most ad­ven­tur­ous mu­si­cians, record­ing his own in­no­va­tive al­bums — in­clud­ing Con­fer­ence

of the Birds — and lead­ing ex­quis­ite en­sem­bles, from duos to orches­tras. Set to be hon­ored as an NEA Jazz Mas­ter in 2017, Hol­land has shaped the course of bass play­ing and im­pro­vi­sa­tional mu­sic at large. Seen last fall in Santa Fe with tabla player Zakir Hus­sain, he’ll re­turn with his trio to play the Len­sic Per­form­ing Arts Cen­ter (211 W. San Fran­cisco St.) at 7:30 p.m. on Sun­day, July 24, with gui­tarist Kevin Eubanks and drum­mer Obed Cal­vaire, plus spe­cial guest sax­o­phon­ist Chris Pot­ter. For tick­ets ($20-$60), call 505-988-1234 or visit www.tick­etssantafe.org. For more in­for­ma­tion on the fes­ti­val, visit www.newmex­i­co­jaz­zfes­ti­val.org.

— Bill Kohlhaase

Busy and back: Jo­hannes String Quar­tet

The mem­bers of the Jo­hannes String Quar­tet keep busy with their sep­a­rate ca­reers. First vi­o­lin­ist Soovin Kim teaches at the New Eng­land Con­ser­va­tory, and cel­list Peter Stumpf at In­di­ana Univer­sity. Ju­lianne Lee is as­sis­tant prin­ci­pal sec­ond vi­o­lin­ist of the Bos­ton Sym­phony and Choong-Jin (C.J.) Chang is prin­ci­pal vi­o­list of the Philadel­phia Orches­tra. The four­some, which by now qual­i­fies as a reg­u­lar at the Santa Fe Cham­ber Mu­sic Fes­ti­val, makes its first bow here this sea­son play­ing Esa-Pekka Salo­nen’s 12-minute Ho­muncu­lus, which the group pre­miered in 2008. The com­poser ex­plained that he was “fas­ci­nated (and amused) by the ar­cane sper­mists’ the­ory, who held the be­lief that the sperm was in fact a ‘lit­tle man’ (ho­muncu­lus) that was placed in­side a woman for growth into a child. … It was later pointed out that if the sperm was a ho­muncu­lus, iden­ti­cal in all but size to an adult, then the ho­muncu­lus may have sperm of its own. This led to a re­duc­tio ad ab­sur­dum, with an end­less chain of ho­mun­culi.”

On the same pro­gram (per­formed at 6 p.m. on both Sun­day, July 24, and Mon­day, July 25), the Jo­hannes teams up with the Paci­fica Quar­tet for Men­delssohn’s Octet. The con­certs take place at St. Fran­cis Au­di­to­rium of the New Mex­ico Mu­seum of Art (107 W. Palace Ave). Tick­ets ($60-$82, with steep dis­counts for at­ten­dees un­der age thirty-five) can be pur­chased at the fes­ti­val’s box of­fice in the mu­seum’s lobby, by call­ing 505-982-1890 or 888-221-9836 ext. 102, or through www.santafecham­ber­mu­sic.com. The Jo­hannes String Quar­tet goes it alone in a sold-out recital of Mozart’s D-mi­nor Quar­tet (K. 421) and Beethoven’s E-mi­nor Quar­tet (Op. 59, No. 2) on Tues­day, July 26, at noon. — J.M.K.

Wassa Drum & Dance

The Des­lon­des

Del Sol String Quar­tet

Dave Hol­land

Jo­hannes String Quar­tet

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