Concerts at high noon: Santa Fe Cham­ber Mu­sic Fes­ti­val

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The ever-pop­u­lar noon­time concerts of the Santa Fe Cham­ber Mu­sic Fes­ti­val in­clude a num­ber of pi­ano recitals; two in­trigu­ing ones this week fea­ture Shai Wos­ner and Inon Bar­natan. Both were born in Is­rael within a few years of each other — Wos­ner in 1976, Bar­natan in 1979 — and both are now based in New York. On Tues­day, Aug. 2, Wos­ner of­fers a pro­gram con­sist­ing of im­promp­tus, small-scale pieces of os­ten­si­bly im­pro­visatory mien by Schu­bert, Dvoˇrák, Gersh­win, and Chopin. He also in­cludes two in­ter­lop­ers, a pair of “Im­pro­vi­sa­tions” by Charles Ives, but the dif­fer­ence be­tween an im­promptu and an im­pro­vi­sa­tion would seem mostly se­man­tic. On Thurs­day, Aug. 4, Bar­natan plays Brahms’ vir­tu­osic ar­range­ment (for pi­ano left hand) of the fa­mous Cha­conne from Bach’s D-mi­nor Par­tita for Un­ac­com­pa­nied Vi­o­lin; the 11 short move­ments of György Ligeti’s

Mu­sica ricer­cata (stud­ies of care­fully de­fined mu­si­cal prob­lems, writ­ten be­tween 1951 and 1953); and Brahms’ tow­er­ing Vari­a­tions and Fugue on a Theme by Han­del. The recitals take place at noon on their re­spec­tive days at the St. Fran­cis Au­di­to­rium of the New Mex­ico Mu­seum of Art, 107 W. Palace Ave. The few re­main­ing tick­ets ($30-$36, with dis­counts for at­ten­dees un­der thir­ty­five) 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. — James M. Keller

Inon Bar­natan Shai Wos­ner

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