Pitch per­fect: NM 430

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The name NM 430 may sound cryptic, but early-mu­sic in­sid­ers will know it isn’t some ra­dioac­tive sub­stance un­der in­ves­ti­ga­tion at Los Alamos. (Is it?) No, it refers to pitch level. Mod­ern mu­si­cians tune their in­stru­ments at the pitch of A=440, more or less, mean­ing the note A makes a com­plete os­cil­la­tion 440 times per sec­ond. Gen­eral con­sen­sus is that nor­mal pitch in the pre-stan­dard­ized era of the late-18th cen­tury was more likely to be at about A=430, roughly a quar­ter-tone lower than it is to­day. NM 430 is, ergo, a quar­tet of New Mex­ico (NM) in­stru­men­tal­ists who play on pe­riod in­stru­ments tuned to A=430 and turn their tal­ents to mu­sic of the Clas­si­cal pe­riod. The four mem­bers (pic­tured, from left to right) — vi­olin­ist Steven Red­field, oboist MaryAnn Shore, vi­o­list Gail Robert­son, and cel­list Katie Ri­et­man — will play in var­i­ous com­bi­na­tions in a pro­gram that in­cludes a string trio by Franz Joseph Haydn as well as pieces by three far lesser known con­tem­po­raries of his: Ge­org Dr­uschet­zky, Carl Friedrich Baum­garten, and Friedrich Dotza­uer. This en­try in the weekly TGIF series at First Pres­by­te­rian Church (208 Grant Ave.) be­gins at 5:30 p.m. on Fri­day, Feb. 24. No tick­ets are nec­es­sary for this free con­cert, al­though con­tri­bu­tions are welcome at the door. For more in­for­ma­tion, call 505-982-8544, Ext. 16. — J.M.K.

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