Up to snuff: Santa Fe Pro Musica
Gustav Mahler was very picky about the compositions of his predecessor Franz Schubert. After reading through a large selection of Schubert’s chamber works during the summer of 1900, Mahler wrote, “At most four out of 12 are good.” One assumes that the D-minor String Quartet, nicknamed Death and the Maiden, was among the few that passed muster, since several years earlier he had selected that piece to scale up for performance by a string orchestra. Thomas O’Connor conducts the strings of the Santa Fe Pro Musica Orchestra in the piece, as well as in two relatively recent works. Gabriela Lena Frank’s Leyendas: An Andean Walkabout (also originally conceived for string quartet) draws on the Peruvian strand of her family heritage. Michael Daugherty’s Ladder to the Moon (here featuring violinist Ida Kavafian) consists of two movements inspired by specific paintings of Georgia O’Keeffe. Performances take place at 4 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 5, and 3 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 6, at the Lensic Performing Arts Center, 211 W. San Francisco St. Tickets ($20-$75) are available through Santa Fe Pro Musica (505-988-4640) or through www.ticketssantafe.org (505-988-1234). A public conversation on women and the performing arts that Pro Musica intended to co-present at the Jean Cocteau Cinema on Saturday morning, Nov. 5, has been canceled. — J.M.K.