Tara Helen O'Connor
Orion String Quartet
The Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival
2008 — Week 9
Suite for Orchestra No. 2 in B minor, BWV 1067
Tara Helen O'Connor, flute; L.P. How, Kathleen Brauer, violin; Kirsten Johnson, viola; Mark Brandfonbrener, cello; Kathleen McIntosh, harpsichord; Marji Danilow, double bass
We could try to introduce you to flutist Tara Helen O’Connor with words but instead here is the final movement of Bach's Orchestral Suite No. 2 in b minor. 'Nuff said.
Violinist L. P. How told Louise Frank that shadowed Tara Helen O'Connor's flute in this performance. Here's what he had to say.
String Quartet No. 8 in E Minor, Op. 59, No. 2 "Rasumovsky"
Orion String Quartet: Daniel Phillips, Todd Phillips, Steven Tenenbom, Timothy Eddy
The Orion String Quartet has been something of an "in house band" ever since Marc Neikrug began serving as Artistic Director of the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival. The group has been busy of late performing and recording the full cycle of Beethoven String Quartets, and they performed the entire cycle of quartets at the Festival in concerts spread out over the course of two summers. As Marc Neikrug and Kerry Frumkin discuss, this monumental task is essentially a musical tour through the life of one of the greatest composers who ever lived.
Beethoven continued until the end of this life to push the boundaries of musical forms and in so doing he reinvent them. The 2nd of the "Razumovsky" quartets is an excellent example in that with this composition, Beethoven is credited with reinventing the whole nature of the string quartet as it was known until that time. Here is Kerry Frumkin and Marc Neikrug’s conversation on Beethoven's opus 59, the String Quartet No. 8 in e minor.
It's not a new comparison to say that playing in a long-lasting ensemble is like working in a family business. And what if members of the group really are family? Todd Phillips comments on the family dynamics of the Orion String Quartet, in which he and his brother Danny are the violinists.
Orion String Quartet violist, Steven Tenenbom, loves coming to Santa Fe for the climate, and for the integrity that Marc Neikrug brings to programming the music for the Festival.