Beethoven’s Double Viola Quintet

July 6, 2023, 8:00 pm

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Artists receive an ovation after performing Saariaho's Semafor for Eight Instruments (Photo: Steven Ovitsky)

A 26 year-old Mozart’s take on Bach’s Fugue in E Major BWV 878, and Beethoven’s double viola String Quintet in C Major, Op. 29. Plus, enjoy the New Mexico premiere of a work commissioned for the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival: Kaija Saariaho’s “Semafor for Eight Instruments”!


Johann Sebastian Bach/ Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Fugue in E Major, BWV 878, from The Well-Tempered Clavier / K. 405, No. 3
Escher String Quartet (Adam Barnett-Hart & Brendan Speltz, violin; Pierre Lapointe, viola; Brook Speltz, cello

Kaija Saariaho: Semafor for Eight Instruments (Festival Co-Commission, New Mexico Premiere)
LP How, violin; Che-Yen Chen, viola; Joseph Johnson, cello; Leigh Mesh, double bass; Bart Feller, flute; Todd Levy, clarinet; Ted Soluri, bassoon; James Gaffigan, conductor

Ludwig Van Beethoven: String Quintet in C Major, Op. 29
Daniel Phillips & Jennifer Frautschi, violin; Ida Kavafian & Steven Tenenbom, viola; Eric Kim, cello