String-er things: Calidore String Quartet
This quartet’s unusual name derives from California (the group came together in 2010 at the Colburn School in Los Angeles) and doré, French for “golden” — and of course California is nicknamed the Golden State, so that all fits together somehow. The foursome ascended quickly to international prominence, mentored by the Emerson String Quartet, and in 2016 was the initial recipient of the M-Prize for chamber music (another weird name, with “M” here denoting Michigan, since it is awarded through the University of Michigan). The award came with a cash prize of $100,000, but it was somewhat contested in the peanut gallery, not because the Calidore wasn’t considered a splendid group but rather because it was … how to put it politely? … a string quartet, which some commentators protested was just so old-fashioned. Santa Fe Pro Musica hosts the group for a concert at St. Francis Auditorium of the New Mexico Museum of Art (107 W. Palace Ave.) at 3 p.m. on Sunday, March 5. The group will perform Mozart’s Quartet in D minor (K.421/417b), Caroline Shaw’s recently composed
First Essay: Nimrod, and Dvorˇ ák’s Quartet in F major (Op. 96, the American). For tickets ($20-$75), contact Pro Musica (505-988-4640, Ext. 1000; www.santafepromusica.com) or Tickets Santa Fe (505-988-1234; www.ticketsssantafe.org). — J.M.K.