Victor Santiago Asuncion
Johannes String Quartet
The Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival
2008 — Week 11
Etude #10 Der Zauberlehrling (The Sorcerer's Apprentice)
"One of the functions of Etudes is to expand what the human possibilities are and then wait for somebody to practice that much..." Here are program host Kerry Frumkin and Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival Artistic Director Marc Neikrug discussing Ligeti and the nature of Etudes.
Trio in E-flat Major for Clarinet, Viola & Piano, K. 498 "Kegelstatt"
Ricardo Morales, clarinet; Kirsten Johnson, viola; Jeremy Denk, piano
The story goes that Mozart composed this glorious Trio while engrossed in a game of "Kelenen," or "skittles," which is a game that's sort of like lawn bowling.
Carnival of the Animals
John Rubinstein, narrator; Bart Feller, flute; Todd Levy, clarinet; Johannes String Quartet (Soovin Kim & Jessica Lee, violins; C.J. Chang, viola; and Peter Stumpf, cello;); Marji Danilow; John O'Conor, Victor Santiago Asuncion, piano; Gregg Koyle, David Tolen, percussion; Jeffrey Milarsky, conductor
"Reading Ogden Nash by John Rubenstein with particular players on stage can elevate a somewhat simplistic, child-oriented piece to a whole other level of appreciation by a mature audience. Which is exactly what happened. So it was a lot of fun." So reports clarinetist Todd Levy about this Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival performance of Carnival of the Animals. Todd is the principal clarinetist of the Santa Fe Opera and the Milwaukee Symphony, and a frequent participant at the chamber music festival.
Soovin Kim holds "dual citizenship" as a soloist and chamber musician. Among the many things he loves about playing chamber music are the repertoire, and the intimacy that develops among the players.
In once of the verses of Carnival of the Animals, Ogden Nash writes: "Some claim that pianists are human and quote the case of Mr. Truman." Before he was the 33rd President of the United States, Harry S. Truman was Vice President when he and movie star Lauren Bacall both appeared at one of the weekly canteens for GIs held during World War II. Some five hundred enlisted men, enjoying free hot dogs and beer roared their approval when the Vice President, seated at the piano, suggested that Miss Bacall join him, resulting in this photo.