Up to snuff: Santa Fe Pro Mu­sica

Pasatiempo - - RANDOM ACTS -

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.

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