Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival announces 2011 season

December 17, 2010
By Michael Quinn

Soprano Dawn Upshaw is to be the Artist-in-Residence at the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival in 2011. The 39th annual festival will also feature first appearances at the New Mexico summer-season event by 15 musicians and two ensembles.

Ms. Upshaw will give three programs in five concerts, including the festival’s opening concert in which she will sing Bach’s Cantata No.199, Mein Herze schwimmt in Blut, paired with British violinist Daniel Hope in Bach’s Violin Concerto in A minor. Upshaw will also perform Ayres, composed for her by Osvaldo Golijov.

More than 90 works will be performed by 68 artists and five ensembles in over 80 concerts, recitals and master classes during the month-long festival. Three new co-commissioned works by the festival will be heard in their premieres: Marc-André Dalbavie’s Piano Quartet, Sean Shepherd’s Oboe Quartet, and Christopher Rouse’s Third String Quartet, the last performed by the Calder Quartet in their festival debut.

Also making first appearances in 2011 will be pianists Gilbert Kalish and Joyce Yang, the Time for Three trio, and guitarist Claudio Ragazzi and accordionist Michael Ward-Bergeman, who will perform a World Music concert with bass player Mark Dresser.

Concerts will take place in Santa Fe’s historic St. Francis Auditorium at the New Mexico Museum of Art, and the Lensic Performing Arts Center, with the festival’s Wednesday evening Albuquerque mini-series hosted by the Simms Auditorium in Albuquerque Academy.
The Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival opens on July 17 and continues until August 22, 2011. Full details available from the festival website.

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