Celebrating their 49th year over the course of six weeks, The Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival presents more than 40 unforgettable concerts, by some of the best musicians in the industry. Performances take place at the St. Francis Auditorium in the New Mexico Museum of Art, and the Lensic Performing Arts Center, July 17 – August 22, 2022.
Among the highlights of this year’s event is the Chien-Kim-Watkins Trio, in their Festival debut, performing a cycle of the groundbreaking Beethoven Piano Trios. This will be the first time in history this cycle has been performed over the course of a single season, on August 7, 8, 10 and 14.
There will also be solo recitals by violinist Leila Josefowicz (August 11) and pianists Zoltán Fejérvári (July 21), Kirill Gerstein (August 16), Benjamin Hochman (July 26, August 20), Gilles Vonsattel (August 2), and Hoachen Zhang (August 17).
But perhaps the most exciting announcements are the premieres of commissioned works – written in honor of the upcoming 50th anniversary – by three of the world’s leading composers: Kaija Saariaho (July 17 & 18), Shulamit Ran (August 4) and Detlev Glanert (August 5).
Festival debuts include pianist Nicola Namoradze, the Beijing Guitar Duo (July 30), and Baltimore Symphony Orchestra Principal clarinet Yao Guang Zhai. A New Mexico premiere of a new piano quintet by Festival artistic Director Marc Neikrug (August 21), and return appearances by some of the best chamber musicians ever assembled, are also on tap for this event.
It all begins with a pre-season event, the 49th Season Gala Celebration, at the St. Francis Auditorium, Wednesday, July 13, 2022. Pianist Nicolas Namoradze, in his first Festival appearance, kicks off the celebration with a private piano recital at the New Mexico Museum of Art. The evening is topped off with a cocktail reception and gourmet dinner at La Terraza at La Fonda on the Plaza. Proceeds will allow the Festival to share the gift of music with thousands of local schoolchildren, introducing them to the joys of listening to music and the thrill of hands-on music-making. For more information, visit the website, or call Cece at 505-983-2075, ext. 108.
Free youth concerts, a free Indian Market Concert, Music at Noon and more are also planned for this world-class event. Tickets and subscription packages are now available. To find out more, visit the website, or call 505-982-1890.This article was posted by Olivia