Phantasy island: Serenata of Santa Fe
In 1905, Walter Willson Cobbett, a British chamber music enthusiast, founded a competition for new pieces in what he designated the Phantasy form, urging his nation’s composers “to give free play to their imagination in the composition of one-movement works, to write what they liked — in any shape — so long as it was a shape.” His competitions and ancillary commissions gave rise to a substantial body of such works over the ensuing decade and a half. Frank Bridge wrote three Phantasies, of which the finest is widely considered to be the one he wrote in 1910 for piano quartet. Serenata of Santa Fe perform it in their concert at First Presbyterian Church (208 Grant Ave.) at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 12. Also on the program are Arvo Pärt’s Spiegel im Spiegel (with violinist David Felberg and pianist Nathan Salazar) and several works featuring soprano Gail Springer, by Joseph Schwantner, Ned Rorem, and Ron Strauss (a new piece set to poetry by the Galician writer Rosalía de Castro). Tickets are $15-$35; visit serenataofsantafe.org.
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