Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival

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Country and Region United StatesNew Mexico
Type of Festival Music
Location of Festival Santa Fe, New Mexico USA
Festival Contact Information

Mailing address:
Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival
P. O. Box 2227
Santa Fe, NM 87504-2227 USA

Physical address:
Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival
208 Griffin Street
Santa Fe, NM 87501-1821 USA

Laura Grant, publicist

Festival Description

Since its beginning in 1972, the Festival has been dedicated to presenting timeless masterpieces and rarely heard gems alongside compelling new works from notable living composers. The Festival presents over 80 events during its annual summer season—including concerts, recitals, free open rehearsals, youth concerts and pre-concert chats with composers. 2011 is the 39th season of the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival.

Festival Dates July 14 - August 19, 2013
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Festival Events:

Highlights 2011:
  • The Shanghai Quartet — perform Dvořák’s Piano Quintet in A Major with pianist Kuok-Wai Lio, and Penderecki’s String Quartet No. 3 “Leaves from an Unwritten Diary.” Allan Vogel, Robert Ingliss, Theodore Soluri, Kathleen McIntosh and Marji Danilow perform Zelenka’s Trio Sonata No. 1 in F Major in the opening concerts (July 17 & 18)
  • Artist-in-Residence Dawn Upshaw — performs Bach’s Cantata No. 199, “Mein Herze schwimmt im Blut”, BWV 199 in her first 2011 concert (July 23). The program also includes British violinist Daniel Hope in Bach’s Violin Concerto in A Minor; The Johannes String Quartet performs Webern’s Five Movements, Op. 5 and Janacek’s “Intimate Letters” on the Week Two noon concert (July 26)
  • The Calder Quartet — making their Festival debut this season, perform composer Christopher Rouse’s Festival co-commission, String Quartet No. 3 (July 28 & 29)
  • Guitarist Claudio Ragazzi — accordion player Michael Ward-Bergeman and bass player Mark Dresser perform a World Music concert (July 30)
  • Dawn Upshaw — will perform Golijov’s Ayre with eleven festival artists (July 31 & August 1)
  • Joshua Smith — Flutist and harpsichordist Kathleen McIntosh perform Bach’s sonatas in B Minor, E Major, E Minor and A Major (August 6)
  • Joyce Yang — Pianist, makes her Festival solo recital debut (August 9)
  • Festival premieres of co-commissions by Marc-André Dalbavie (August 10, 11 & 12) and Sean Shepherd (August 11 & 12; world premiere is August 11), plus a pre-concert talk with both composers (August 12); Dalbavie will also participate in pre-concert talks on August 10 & 11
  • David Shifrin and the Orion String Quartet perform the Festival premiere of Marc Neikrug’s Clarinet Quintet (August 15)
  • Ida Kavafian, Peter Wiley and Anne-Marie McDermott perform the complete Beethoven Trios over the course of two nights (August 17 & 18)
  • Time for Three — performs in concert at the Lensic Performing Arts Center (August 19); Piazzolla’s The Four Seasons of Buenos Aires on August 13 and Vivaldi’s Four Seasons on August 20
  • The season-ending concert (August 22) includes pianist Cecile Licad and Victor Santiago Asuncion performing Bartók’s Sonata for Two Pianos & Percussion with percussionists Jeffrey Milarsky and David Tolen
  • Annual Chefs’ Gala — On July 14, 2011 the ever popular Annual Chefs’ Gala will take place in two locations. The concert, featuring pianist Kuok-Wai Lio and the Shanghai Quartet, will be held at the First Presbyterian Church in Santa Fe. Champagne and hors d’oeuvres, followed by the festive dinner featuring the finest chefs in Northern New Mexico, takes places at the Santa Fe Community Convention Center located across the street from the church.
  • Note — For further information on the upcoming 2011 season, the Festival and its other activities, please visit the Festival’s website at
Radio Series 2011:
  • Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival performances will be nationally distributed again by The WFMT Radio Network in a 13-week, hour-long radio series. Season 6 of this weekly broadcast series presents performances from the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival’s 2010 season, recorded by Grammy-winning engineer, Matthew Snyder.
  • Radio personality Kerry Frumkin hosts the series with commentary from Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival artistic director Marc Neikrug. The Festival is also broadcast in New Zealand and Israel. Founded in 1972, the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival, one of the nation’s oldest, is among the world’s pre-eminent music festivals, and renowned for its innovative spirit, inspirational performances and commitment to artistic excellence. A significant contributor to contemporary chamber music repertoire, this season the Festival brings its number of commissioned works to 57. The Festival maintains a strong tradition of community service, including the Music in Our Schools program - a music education series for grades K–8 in the Santa Fe Public Schools.


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Slideshow photo credits:
  • In order of appearance
    • Audience
    • Inon Barnatan, pianist — photo credit Marco Borggreve
    • Johannes String Quartet
    • Tara Helen O’Connor, flutist
    • Orion String Quartet — photographer ©Lois Greenfield 2006
    • Time for Three — photo credit Vanessa Briceno-Scherzer
    • Matthew Worth, baritone
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