Wednesdays at 8:00 pm
The Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival is known for its enduring commitment to tradition, artistic excellence, innovation, and vision. In keeping with the Festival’s high standards, the radio series presents superbly recorded concerts and recitals by some of today’s great musical artists. This radio series draws performances from the most recent season, the fortieth anniversary season, recorded during the summer of 2012 in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Each broadcast hour contains two to three works representing the Festival’s commitment not only to core repertoire, but to underperformed and newly-composed works.
Veteran WFMT announcer Kerry Frumkin hosts this dynamic radio series along with Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival Artistic Director, Marc Neikrug. Many of the performers provide additional commentary about the festival, their experience in Santa Fe, and the music.
Radio Series Highlights
- Cellist Lynn Harrell opens the radio series with Vivaldi’s Concerto for Cello, Strings & Continuo in E minor. Violinist Benny Kim and pianist Jeremy Denk join Harrell for the Piano Trio in B-flat Major, D. 898 by Schubert. Lynn Harrell concludes our season with the Tokyo String Quartet, performing Schubert’s final chamber work, the String Quintet in C Major, D. 956.
- When New York Philharmonic Music Director Alan Gilbert agreed to serve as the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival’s 2012 Artist-in-Residence, he asked to conduct two of Arnold Schoenberg’s jewel-like and rarely performed chamber symphonies. In Week 3, Gilbert leads an ensemble of Festival musicians in Schoenberg’s 1906 Chamber Symphony No. 1 in E Major, Op. 9. He returns in Week 6 to conduct the Chamber Symphony No. 2 in E-flat Minor, Op. 38, which Schoenberg completed in 1939.
- In Week 2, Festival musicians headed by William Preucil & Robert Ingliss play Johann Sebastian Bach’s Concerto for Violin & Oboe in C Minor, BWV 1060. Later in the series, pianist Inon Barnatan is featured in Bach’s Piano Concerto No. 7 in G Minor, BWV 1058.
- In addition to many gems of the repertoire, this season includes two world premieres commissioned by the Festival to honor its 40th anniversary. In Week 7, Finnish composer and pianist Magnus Lindberg performs his own Acequia Madre with clarinetist Chen Halevi. Then in Week 10, Todd Levy, Teng Li, and Haochen Zhang perform Snow and Snow for Clarinet, Viola & Piano by the young Scottish composer Helen Grime.
- Violinist Arnold Steinhardt and cellist Peter Wiley, both members of the retired Guarneri String Quartet, join violinist Ida Kavafian and violist Steven Tenenbom for Fritz Kreisler’s String Quartet in A Minor, written in 1921. Jeremy Denk and the Tokyo String Quartet play Elgar’s Piano Quintet in A Minor, Op. 84. Clarinetist David Shifrin and pianist Anne Marie McDermott present Leonard Bernstein’s 1942 Clarinet Sonata.
Resident artists include: bassoonists Theodore Soluri and Nancy Goeres; cellists Eric Kim, Gary Hoffman and Anssi Karttunen; clarinetists Anthony McGill and Michael Rusinek; horn players Philip Myers, Julia Pilant and Julie Landsman; oboists Liang Wang and Kyle Mustain; pianists Jon Kimura Parker and Haochen Zhang; percussionist David Tolen; violinists Soovin Kim, Harvey de Souza, Jennifer Gilbert, and Jennifer Frautschi; soprano Tony Arnold; and the Orion String Quartet.
Grammy award-winning recording engineer Matt Snyder produces the music for the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival radio series. The series producer is Louise Frank.