It’s instrumental: Santa Fe Symphony
The Santa Fe Symphony gets rolling this week with a concert at the Lensic Performing Arts Center (211 W. San Francisco St.) at 4 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 25. The program comprises the “Entrance of the Gods into Valhalla” from Wagner’s Das Rheingold, Brahms’ Violin Concerto, and Dvorˇák’s Symphony From the New World. The guest conductor is Roderick Cox, who has spent the past year and a half as assistant conductor of the Minnesota Orchestra and earlier this month was elevated to become its associate conductor. The soloist in the Brahms is violinist Alexi Kenney, recipient of a 2016 Avery Fisher Career Grant, making his third appearance with the orchestra. He’ll be playing on the “Joachim-Ma” Stradivarius violin, built in 1714, which was donated last spring to the New England Conservatory in Boston, where Kenney is currently completing an artist’s diploma. It was one of 10 Strads owned by Joseph Joachim, one of Brahms’ closest friends (except for a few years when they were on the outs), and it may have been the instrument on which he performed the world premiere of this concerto in Leipzig in 1879. Tickets ($42-$80) can be arranged through the Symphony directly (www.santafesymphony.org; 505-983-1414) or through www.ticketssantafe.org (505-988-1234). — J.M.K.