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The SANTA FE CHAMBER MUSIC FESTIVAL
     HIGHLIGHTS
    


THE MUSIC:

The Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival's 2008 season presents a variety of chamber music masterpieces, rarely heard gems and new works. From July 20 through August 25, the Festival presents 76 renowned artists and six ensembles in concerts and recitals.  Performances are held at the ST. FRANCIS AUDITORIUM in the New Mexico Museum of Art and at THE LENSIC PERFORMING ARTS CENTER, both in downtown Santa Fe, with three concerts (July 23, July 30 and August 6) taking place this season at the KiMo Theatre in downtown Albuquerque as part of American General Media Foundation’s new classical music concert series, KHFM PERFORMANCE LIVE (see CALENDAR for details).

Festival highlights include the premieres of four co-commissions by some of today's highly acclaimed composers:

                     Concierto de Camera by ROBERTO SIERRA (week 2)

                     Real Loud by HUANG RUO (week 3)

                     Serenatas by KAIJA SAARIAHO (week 3)                                

                     A Gift by JOAN TOWER (week 4)

raising the number of Festival commissions to 47;


                    Piece for Pro Piano Hamburg Steinway Model D & Marimba One (week 3)
- a world premiere of a new work by artistic director MARC NEIKRUG;

The US premiere of LANCINO’s Onxa for Mezzo-soprano, Cello & String Quartet (week 2)

and the second installment of the complete Beethoven string quartet cycle (which began in the 2007 season) featuring the

                   ORION STRING QUARTET (weeks 3 and 4).

In all, the 2008 Festival presents over 100 works by composers. The carefully crafted programs presented throughout the season offer something for every taste. The opening concert, which features Bach's Brandenburg Concerto No. 2, Castelnuovo-Tedesco's Platero y yo (performed in English) and Rachmaninoff's Cello Sonata, is exemplary of the season's offerings.

This summer, a special MASTER CLASS will be offered by violinist Daniel Phillips of the ORION STRING QUARTET to the ESCHER STRING QUARTET. As is the Festival's tradition with rehearsals, the master class will be free and open to the public.


THE FESTIVAL ON AIR:

The only chamber music festival to be broadcast nationwide, the 2008 Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival performances will again be produced and distributed nationally as a 13-week, one-hour radio series by The WFMT Radio Network as it has since 2005. Other national radio broadcasts have included American Public Radio, Minnesota Public Radio, NPR, and BBC Radio 3. The festival’s 2007 series will also air again on the United Kingdom’s BBC Radio 3 in its Lunchtime Concert series.


THE FESTIVAL and the VISUAL ARTS:

The 2008 season program cover and poster will showcase the artwork of Ms. EMMI WHITEHORSE, an internationally renowned painter whose work focuses on nature and land-scapes. Ms. Whitehorse will create an original painting for the Festival, not only for 2008, but for the 2009 and 2010 seasons as well. The actual pieces will then be auctioned each year to support the festival

This season the Festival also features the ALLAN HOUSER sculpture, "Rio Grande Maiden" at a performance location.

THE FESTIVAL and CUISINE:

Responding to the popularity of its first Chef's Gala, the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival presents The Second Annual Chef's Gala on July 17, 2008. Held at the Scottish Rite Center, the benefit gala will feature a special performance by pianist YUJA WANG in the Hall, then cocktails and hors d'oeuvres in the courtyard (catered by Adobo Catering, Las Campanas Clubhouse, Peas ‘n’ Pod and Torinos @ Home), followed by an incredible dinner featuring distinctive tables created by 17 of the finest chefs in Northern New Mexico.

CLICK HERE
for a listing of the culinary stars participating in the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival’s 2nd Annual Chefs’ Gala as well as the restaurant locations and phone numbers.

New Mexico audiences can catch a sneak peak of part of the opening festivities weeks before the Festival’s gala. KRQE-TV’s morning news program on CBS Channel 13 is presenting 17 weeks of cooking segments featuring most of the chefs from Northern New Mexico who are creating unique, four-course menus for this exceptional event. (Check local listings for broadcast time.)

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Photo credits: Christian Steiner, Kent Lacin, Paul Labelle, Trent Cook, Lois Greenfield/ courtesy Grant Communications, Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival.





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