String-er things: Cali­dore String Quartet

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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.

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