Phan­tasy is­land: Ser­e­nata of Santa Fe

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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.

For in­for­ma­tion, call 505-989-7988. — J.M.K.

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