It’s in­stru­men­tal: Santa Fe Sym­phony

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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.

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