Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival on Classical 91.5

Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival on Classical 91.5

Sun, 05/28/2017 - 2:00pm

Pictured: Peter Serkin

Join us on a musical journey to the foothills of New Mexico‚Äôs Sangre de Cristo Mountains for thirteen new, music-filled hours from the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival.

Over almost half a century, the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival has become one of the world’s leading performing arts festivals, earning both critical praise and dedicated audiences for its lasting commitment to tradition, artistic excellence, and vision. The series reflects the Festival’s high standards by offering a varied repertoire of superbly recorded concerts by today’s greatest classical artists. Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival airs Sundays at 2 p.m., beginning May 28 on Classical 91.5. To learn more about this series and other Classical 91.5 programming, visit

The 2017 Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival radio series features performances from the Festival‚Äôs 2016 summer season. This series brings listeners such gems such as the Beethoven String Quartet No. 12 in E-flat Major, Op. 127, and the Haydn String Quartet No. 59 in G Minor, Op. 74, No. 3; the delicious Trout Quintet in A Major by Franz Schubert; and Tchaikovsky‚Äôs fond evocation, Souvenir de Florence, Op. 70.

In his Festival debut, pianist and 2016 Artist-in-Residence, Peter Serkin, plays William Byrd‚Äôs arrangement of Pavana lachrymae by John Dowland.  Later in the season, he collaborates with the brilliant young musicians of the Dover String Quartet in a performance of Dvorak‚Äôs Piano Quintet in A Major, Op. 81.

Each year, the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival helps to ensure the longevity of the art form by commissioning new works from living composers. Festival Artistic Director Marc Neikrug said, ‚ÄúWe are delighted to present Elizabeth Ogonek‚Äôs commissioned work, Lightenings, 12 variations for four players, in its world premiere. This is especially significant because she is a ‚Äėgraduate‚Äô of our inaugural Young Composers String Quartet Project in 2013.‚ÄĚ Elizabeth Ogonek is presently a Chicago Symphony Orchestra Mead Composer-in-Residence.

Some of the returning Festival ‚Äúregulars‚ÄĚ include Inon Barnatan (Artist-in-Association of the New York Philharmonic), and Shai Wosner; flutist Tara Helen O‚ÄôConnor; violinist/violist Ida Kavafian; the astonishing trumpeter Caleb Hudson (a member of the renowned Canadian Brass); violinists Harvey de Souza, Jennifer Gilbert, and William Preucil; clarinetist Todd Levy; bassoon player Ted Soluri; cellists Clive Greensmith, Keith Robinson, Eric Kim, and Joseph Johnson; and the Orion String Quartet. Festival Artistic director, pianist and composer Marc Neikrug, also returns as a performer in a work by Toro Takemitsu.