By David Steinberg
It’s tough to point to this or that concert as a highlight of the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival.
Actually, Marc Neikrug,(cq) the festival’s artistic director, avoids the term “highlight.”
That’s because he thinks of every concert is one.
“Marc’s approach to this, and I agree, is that every concert is planned so that it represents the festival at the highest level,” said festival executive director Steve Ovitsky.(cq)
“If you’re only in town one day and go to that concert, it is a great representation of the festival.”
The pre-eminent summer festival’s 42nd season begins Sunday, July 20 at St. Francis Auditorium. The program has a Franz Schubert string trio, a Johannes Brahms piano quartet and British composer Julian Anderson’s “The Bearded Lady,” a work for clarinet and piano.
The season concludes six weeks later on Aug. 25 at the Lensic Performing Arts Center with music of Georg Philipp Telemann, Astor Piazzolla, Zoltan Kodaly(accent on the “a” in first and last names) and Antonin Dvorak.
In between are a string of concerts, including a series of midday piano recitals and two performances of Ludwig van Beethoven’s Archduke Trio with artist-in-residence Yefim Bronfman.(cq) (“I think those two nights are going to be very, very special,” Ovitsky said.)
The festival returns to Simms Auditorium at Albuquerque Academy for four concerts – July 23 with music of Beethoven and Dmitri Shostakovich, July 30 with the Orion String Quartet, Aug. 6 with music of Beethoven, Dvorak and Lowell Liebermann, and Aug. 13 with works of W.A. Mozart and Olivier Messiaen.(cq all)
Tickets for festival concerts are available online at http://www.sfcmf.org, by calling 505-982-1890 or toll-free 888-221-9836, at the festival ticket office, 208 Griffin St., Santa Fe or at the door.