World Premiere Commission by Acclaimed Scottish Composer Helen Grime,
by Pianist Haochen Zhang, Violist Aloysia Friedmann,
and Bass Baritone Luca Pisaroni
Open 40th Anniversary Season of the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival
The Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival celebrates its 40th Anniversary season with six weeks of exciting chamber music concerts performed by some of the most distinguished and sought after musicians from around the globe. The opening concert Sunday, July 15, 2012 features the world premiere festival commission of Snow and Snow for Clarinet, Viola & Piano by rising star composer Helen Grime, Associate Composer of The Halle Orchestra. The new work, which will also be performed the following night, Monday, July 16th, will be performed by Milwaukee Symphony Principal Clarinet Todd Levy, Toronto Symphony Orchestra Principal Violist Teng Li, and Chinese pianist Haochen Zhang, winner of the 2009 Cliburn International Piano Competition, in his Festival debut. Preceding both concerts will be the Festival’s popular Pre-Concert Talk with the composer, hosted by Festival Artistic Director Marc Neikrug.
Among the musical offerings during the Festival’s first week, all of which take place at the Festival’s home, the lovely St. Francis Auditorium in the New Mexico Museum of Art, is a noon solo recital on Tuesday, July 17th by charismatic Canadian pianist Jon Kimura Parker that includes Mussorgsky’s famous showpiece, Pictures at an Exhibition and Prokofiev’s dramatic Piano Sonata No. 3 in A Minor (From Old Notebooks), Op. 28.
The first of the season’s three Abuquerque Wednesday evening concerts, at Simms Auditorium, Albuquerque Academy, takes place on July 18th, and includes Schubert’s popular and delightful “Trout” quintet featuring Festival favorites violinist William Preucil, concertmaster of the Cleveland Orchestra, and bass player Marji Danilow; Associate Concertmaster for the River Oaks Chamber Orchestra violist Aloysia Friedmann in her Festival debut; celebrated cellist Gary Hoffman, and Mr. Parker. (The concert is reprised in Santa Fe on Thursday evening, July 19th.)
The Thursday noon concert presents Grammy nominated American violinist Jennifer Frautschi and pianist Haochen Zhang in Franck’s epic and emotional Violin Sonata in A Major, and Beethoven’s quintessential classic, String Trio in G Major, Op. 9, No. 1, performed by violinist William Preucil, violist Teng Li, and cellist Gary Hoffman.
Bringing the week to a climatic close is the Saturday, July 21st all-Bach concert featuring Cantata No. 203 “Treacherous Love”, BWV 203, sung by the captivating Italian bass-baritone Luca Pisaroni in his Festival debut, with harpsichordist Kathleen McIntosh.
Since its founding in 1972, the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival has become one of the world’s preeminent music festivals, guided by a visionary spirit and dedicated to artistic excellence and innovation. Contributing to its magic is the Festival’s unique Santa Fe setting, nestled amid the timeless splendors of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains. Under the spirited artistic leadership of composer/pianist Marc Neikrug, the Festival annually invites distinguished musicians, along with emerging young talent, to perform during its six-week season. Since 1980 the Festival has commissioned more than 60 works from such eminent composers as Aaron Copland, Ned Rorem, Ellen Taaffe Zwilich, John Harbison, Gunther Schuller, Mark-Anthony Turnage, Steven Stucky, and Brett Dean, among many others, thereby contributing significantly to contemporary chamber music repertoire. In the 2010 season, the Festival began an exciting Artist-in-Residence program. Thousands of enthusiastic patrons young and old return year after year to enjoy more than 80 concerts, recitals, master classes, youth concerts and open rehearsals, including an Albuquerque Series that made its debut in 2008. In the off-season, the Festival reaches out to adults and young people in Santa Fe schools with innovative and inspiring educational programs.
As part of its 40th Anniversary celebration, the Festival co-presents an innovative, three-day scientific symposium August 4 - 6, 2012 in Santa Fe with The University of New Mexico Cancer Center, and Gabrielle’s Angel Foundation for Cancer Research. “Music, the Brain, Medicine and Wellness: A Scientific Dialogue”, will offer presentations by the world's leading figures in music therapy, psychological science, neuroscience and cognitive science. The Symposium will include public events involving musicians and scientists as well as private sessions for the scientific and medical community. The Symposium will explore the effects of music on cognitive development, early childhood brain development, emotion, language and memory; the ability of music to advance the overall health and healing process of individuals facing cancer, developmental and cognitive disorders, or chronic health conditions; and the capacity of music to improve the general well-being of individuals and communities.
For more information on the Festival concerts, guest artists, and to purchase tickets, please call 505-982-1890 or visit the website at www.SantaFeChamberMusic.com. To purchase tickets in person, the Festival Ticket Office is located in the lobby of the New Mexico Museum of Art at 107 West Palace Avenue and is open daily from 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM. On days when concerts are scheduled the Ticket Office remains open until after intermission or until the start of the concert if there is no intermission.
A complete Schedule of Events for Week One (July 15 – 21, 2012) of the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival
can be downloaded below.
Simms Auditorium, Albuquerque Academy, is located at 6400 Wyoming Boulevard NE, Albuquerque.
Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival and The University of New Mexico Cancer Center Co-Present Cutting-Edge International Symposium on the Science of Music and Healing
Scientific sessions and public lectures will take place during Festival’s 40th Anniversary Season
The Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival, The University of New Mexico Cancer Center and Gabrielle’s Angels Foundation for Cancer Research will present “Music, the Brain, Medicine and Wellness: A Scientific Dialogue.” This three-day innovative scientific symposium will take place this August 3-6, 2012, in Santa Fe. The Symposium will present the state of the science in: the impact of music on the developing brain, cognition, language, memory, and emotion; the use of music to promote healing in patients with serious medical conditions including cancer, neurologic diseases, and developmental disorders; and the influence of music on the well-being of individuals and their communities.
The Symposium, another example of the Festival’s innovative spirit, will bring together some of today’s foremost scientists, physicians and musicians. Scheduled during the Festival’s 40th Anniversary season, the Symposium will include public events involving musicians and scientists, as well as private sessions for the scientific and medical community.
The symposium features an intensive cross-disciplinary exchange among renowned musicians and the scientists, physicians, and music therapists leading the world’s research on the influence of music on the brain, medicine, and wellness, in order to define the current state of the science and identify the most important questions for future collaborative research and its clinical applications, through presentations, demonstrations, and concert performances.
A general schedule of events for the Symposium may be found in the pdf release about the Symposium below.
More information, including details and fees for Symposium registration and specific times for various Symposium sessions, may be found at the Symposium website: www.MusicAndTheBrainSantaFe.org. Symposium concert information, as well as details on the 40th Anniversary season, may be found at the Festival’s website, www.santafechambermusic.com.
SANTA FE CHAMBER MUSIC FESTIVAL 40th ANNIVERSARY SEASON
World Premiere Festival Commissions by Helen Grime and Magnus Lindberg Festival Co-Commission Premieres by David Del Tredici and Aaron Jay Kernis
2012 Artist-in-Residence: Alan Gilbert, conductor, viola and violin
2012 Season Includes Debuts By: Tony Arnold, soprano; Aloysia Friedmann, viola; Kirill Gerstein, piano; Leila Josefowicz, violin; Luca Pisaroni, bass baritone; Kajsa William-Olsson, cello; Haochen Zhang, piano Returning Artists Include: Inon Barnatan, piano; Lynn Harrell, cello; Harvey de Souza, violin; Jon Kimura Parker, piano; Michael Tree, viola; Liang Wang, oboe; Julie Landsman, horn; Miró Quartet; Orion String Quartet; Tokyo String Quartet
Festival Tribute to Late Composer Peter Lieberson
Cutting-Edge International Symposium, “Music, the Brain, Medicine and Wellness: A Scientific Dialogue,” Co-Presented by Festival with The University of New Mexico Cancer Center in Early August
The Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival begins its 40th Anniversary Sunday, July 15, at the historic St. Francis Auditorium, New Mexico Museum of Art, with the world premiere of the Festival’s 2012 commission by Scottish native and Associate Composer of The Halle Orchestra, Helen Grime. The new work, Snow and Snow, a trio for clarinet, viola and piano, will be performed by clarinetist Todd Levy, violist Teng Li, and pianist Haochen Zhang in his Festival debut. Also among the musical offerings during the Festival’s first week are a solo recital by pianist Jon Kimura Parker, a performance of Schubert’s “Trout” quintet featuring violinist William Preucil, violist Aloysia Friedmann (in her Festival debut), cellist Gary Hoffman, bass player Marji Danilow, and Mr. Parker, as well as an all-Bach concert featuring bass baritone Luca Pisaroni in his Festival debut.
2010 Gilmore Artist Award winner pianist Kirill Gerstein makes his Festival debut in solo recital during week two of the 40th season, and the Miró Quartet returns after a two-year absence to join the festivities. New York Philharmonic Composer-in-Residence Magnus Lindberg performs the world premiere of his 2012 Festival co-commission (title to be announced), a work for solo piano (Mr. Lindberg’s first co-commission for the Festival was the 2006 Konzertstück for Cello & Piano). Soprano Tony Arnold is joined by a 16-member all-star ensemble for Oliver Knussen’s Requiem: Songs for Sue, Op. 33 conducted by the composer himself. The Festival dedicates the Friday evening concert to the late composer Peter Lieberson, who had been commissioned to create a new work for the 40th anniversary before his passing. The concert will include Lieberson’s Remembering Schumann performed by cellist Felix Fan and pianist Andrew Russo. A long-time friend of the Festival, Mr. Lieberson’s Rilke Songs was commissioned in 2001.
Week three of the 40th season includes Berg’s rarely performed Chamber Concerto for Piano & Violin with 13 Wind Instruments, featuring violinist Leila Josefowicz and pianist Kirill Gerstein, conducted by Oliver Knussen; Brahms’s String Sextet No. 2 in G Major, Op. 36 performed by members of the former Guarneri Quartet (violinists Arnold Steinhardt and John Dalley, violist Michael Tree, and cellist Peter Wiley), along with Artist-in-Residence violist Alan Gilbert and cellist Eric Kim. The former Guarneri members join pianist Joyce Yang to play Franck’s Quintet in F Minor for Piano & Strings on the same concert. Rounding out the week is a concert of four Bach Clavier Concerti performed by pianist Inon Barnatan with violinists Harvey de Souza and Jennifer Gilbert, violist Hsin-Yun Huang, cellist Joseph Johnson, and bass player Marji Danilow.
Schoenberg’s Chamber Symphony No. 1 in E Major, Op. 9 and Chamber Symphony No. 2 in E-flat Minor, Op. 38 are offered during the 2012 season’s fourth week (both conducted by Artist-in-Residence Alan Gilbert). An all-Vivaldi concert brings the week to a close.
Pulitzer Prize-winning American composers David Del Tredici’s and Aaron Jay Kernis’s 2012 Festival co-commissions receive their New Mexico premieres during the fifth week of the 40th Anniversary season. Del Tredici’s String Quartet No. 2 will be performed by the Orion String Quartet, and Kernis’s work, Perpetual Chaconne, a clarinet quintet, will also be performed by the Orion with clarinetist David Shifrin. Wind instruments take center stage again with Strauss’s Sonatina No. 1 in F Major for 16 Wind Instruments conducted by Artist-in-Residence Alan Gilbert. Tara Helen O’Connor and pianist Anne-Marie McDermott perform Prokofiev’s Sonata for Flute & Piano. The Tokyo String Quartet returns to celebrate the Festival’s 40th Anniversary performing string quartets by Haydn and Ravel, and Tiempo Libre make their Festival debut in a world music concert.
The 40th Anniversary season’s final week includes a work by one of the “big three” Czech composers, Zdenek Fibich. The Quintet for Violin, Clarinet, Horn, Cello & Piano will be performed on the penultimate concert of the season, as will Elgar’s Piano Quintet in A Minor, Op. 84. The finale will feature violinist Benny Kim, cellist Lynn Harrell, and pianist Jeremy Denk in Schubert’s Piano Trio in B-Flat Major, D.898 and the Tokyo String Quartet and Mr. Harrell in Schubert’s Quintet in C Major, D. 956.
Between the July 15th opening night and August 20th closing concert, the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival presents a wide variety of programming with some of the foremost classical artists. Performing on the 40th anniversary season are more than 70 artists and four ensembles. The Festival premieres four new commissioned works and twenty-two non-commissioned works.
As part of its 40th Anniversary celebration, the Festival co-presents an international, cutting-edge symposium August 3 - 6, 2012 in Santa Fe. The Symposium will present the state of the science in: the impact of music on the developing brain, cognition, language, memory, and emotion; the use of music to promote healing in patients with serious medical conditions including cancer, neurologic diseases, and developmental disorders; and the influence of music on the well-being of individuals and their communities. The symposium also includes events open to the public. For more details please view the above pdf on the symposium or visit www.MusicAndTheBrainSantaFe.org.
The Festival will hold its annual gala prior to the start of the Festival season on July 17, 2012. Pianist Haochen Zhang will perform in recital.
Please visit santafechambermusic.com for season schedule details.