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Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival – Week 3

Week 3 of our radio concerts from the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival features music of Béla Bartók and Carl Maria Von Weber. Violinist Benny Kim plays Bartók’s Sonata No. 2 in collaboration with pianist, composer, and Festival artistic director, Marc Neikrug, and Todd Levy joins the Miró Quartet for a performance of Weber’s B-flat Clarinet Quintet.

Visit to find many items rescued from the “cutting room floor” along with other related tangents found along the way to creating this radio series. For example, when Kerry and Marc discuss the Bartok, Marc explains, “As with every composer the search is always the same and it’s for your voice.”

Todd Levy, who is the principal clarinetist of both the Milwaukee Symphony and the Santa Fe Opera, details how he copes with playing the clarinet at altitude, and also shares his feelings about his love of chamber music. Back in March the Milwaukee Symphony presented the world premiere of Marc Neikrug’s Clarinet Quintet, a work the MSO commissioned for Todd to play. We’ve included some behind-the-scenes remarks about that process, as well as a review of the work.

That and more, updated each week. … I hope you’ll stop by.

Louise Frank
Series Producer

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