Ran­dom Acts

Altan brings Ir­ish mu­sic to Pope­joy Hall in Al­bu­querque; the Bol­ly­wood Club In­va­sion takes over the Santa Fe Com­mu­nity Con­ven­tion Cen­ter; vi­o­lin­ist Jin­joo Cho plays with the Santa Fe Sym­phony; and Gali­cian bag­piper Car­los Núñez per­forms at the Len­sic Perf

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Jin­joo Cho, who won the gold medal at the Ninth Qua­dren­nial In­ter­na­tional Vi­o­lin Com­pe­ti­tion of In­di­anapo­lis in 2014, ap­pears with the Santa Fe Sym­phony as the soloist in Glazunov’s Vi­o­lin Con­certo, a late-Ro­man­tic work writ­ten in 1904, the year be­fore its com­poser as­sumed the di­rec­tor­ship of the St. Peters­burg Con­ser­va­tory. Af­ter in­ter­mis­sion comes an­other full-scale piece from the opening decade of the 20th cen­tury, Mahler’s Sym­phony No. 5. The con­duc­tor Bruno Wal­ter, who was em­ployed as Mahler’s as­sis­tant when the piece was com­posed in 1901-1902, de­scribed it as “a work of strength and sound self-reliance, its face turned squarely to­wards life, and its ba­sic mood one of op­ti­mism.” It in­cludes the most fa­mous move­ment in any Mahler sym­phony, the Adagi­etto for strings and harp. This pen­sive move­ment was ap­par­ently in­tended as a coded love song from Mahler to his wife, Alma, but it be­came more as­so­ci­ated with ex­e­quial con­texts, be­ing played at the fu­ner­als of Serge Kous­se­vitzky, Robert Kennedy, and Leonard Bern­stein (among many other no­ta­bles) and help­ing set the fa­tal­is­tic mood in Luchino Vis­conti’s 1971 film Guillermo Figueroa con­ducts this con­cert at 4 p.m. on Sun­day, March 19, at the Len­sic Per­form­ing Arts Cen­ter (211 W. San Fran­cisco St.). Tick­ets ($42-$80) can be ac­quired from the Sym­phony di­rectly (505-983-1414) or by call­ing 505-988-1234 or vis­it­ing www.tick­etssantafe .org. — James M. Keller

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