Join the WFMT Radio Network on a musical journey to the foothills of New Mexico’s Sangre de Cristo Mountains via thirteen new, music-filled hours from the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival.
Founded in 1972, the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival is one of the world’s leading performing arts festivals, earning both critical praise and dedicated audiences for its lasting commitment to tradition, artistic excellence, and vision. Our series reflects the Festival’s high standards through a varied selection of superbly recorded concerts by the greatest of classical musicians.
Each broadcast hour typically contains two or three full-length compositions representing chamber music’s masterful and widely dynamic repertoire. You’ll hear beloved, core works by well-known composers alongside less familiar discoveries, and new commissions, too. Every piece comes to life through virtuosic performances by both veteran and emerging musicians. The series host is long-time WFMT announcer Kerry Frumkin. Composer Marc Neikrug, the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival’s artistic director, provides insightful commentary. Many players share thoughts about their experiences at this remarkable Festival and the music they perform here.
As the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival enters its 50th anniversary season, the 2022-23 radio series features dynamic concerts from the 2021 summer season, as well as cherished performances of the past from the Festival’s archives.
These are a few of the many performances your listeners will enjoy:
- Franz Schubert’s Octet in F Major opens the series in an extraordinary performance by collaborating virtuosi Paul Huang & William Hagen, violins; CarlaMaria Rodrigues, viola; Peter Stumpf, cello; Leigh Mesh, double bass; Ricardo Morales, clarinet; Christopher Millard, bassoon; and Stefan Dohr, horn. Please note: this first episode of the 2022-23 Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival radio series runs through in one segment only. Each of the remaining programs will be two segments.
- Internationally acclaimed clarinetist David Shifrin and the award-winning Dover Quartet conclude the series with Carl Maria von Weber’s Clarinet Quintet in B-flat Major, Op. 34. In between, we have a non-stop flow of beautiful, core chamber music. For example: Beethoven’s String Quartet No. 12 in E-flat Major, Op. 127 as played by the Orion Quartet; Bach’s Orchestral Suite No. 2 in B minor, BWV 1067 featuring Stefan Dohr, the highly lauded principal horn of the Berlin Philharmonic; the Brahms String Sextet in G Major, Op. 36 with Jennifer Gilbert & Leila Josefowicz, violins; Paul Neubauer & L.P. How violas; and Eric Kim & Timothy Eddy, cellos; and Stravinsky’s Concerto in E-flat Major for Chamber Orchestra, “Dumbarton Oaks,” performed by an ensemble of star players under the direction of conductor Alan Gilbert.
- Large-scale works are a specialty of the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival. Alan Gilbert also leads Arnold Schoenberg’s post-romantic Chamber Symphony No. 2 in E-flat Minor, Op. 38, and Toru Takemitsu’s atmospheric Rain Coming for Chamber Orchestra. David Robertson conducts a Festival ensemble in Berg’s Chamber Concerto for Piano & Violin with Thirteen Wind Instruments.
- And the music continues. Pianist Anne-Marie McDermott and the Orion Quartet celebrate the music of Amy Beach in the Piano Quintet in F-sharp Minor, Op. 67. Clarinetists Ricardo Morales and Todd Levy deliver a joyful collaboration in the Adagio & Allegro from the Grand Artistic Duet No. 2 in B-flat Major by Ernesto Cavallini. Liang Wang and friends perform the Oboe Concerto in C Minor by Alessandro Marcello. For HK Gruber’s remarkable composition from the early 1970’s, Frankenstein!!, a Pan-demonium for Baritone Chansonnier and Ensemble After Children’s Rhymes by H.C. Artmann, the composer himself is the chansonnier! He’ll also join pianist Kirill Gerstein in songs by Kurt Weill.
- Australian composer and violist Brett Dean joins an ensemble with pianist Benjamin Hochman, violinist William Hagan, and cellist Joseph Johnson in the 2021 U.S. Premiere of his Festival commission. Dean wrote Imaginary Ballet–Dances and Interludes for Piano and String Trio while recovering from Covid-19. An earlier commission in this season of programs from Santa Fe is Elizabeth Ogonek’s Lightenings. This archive recording from 2016 features Julianne Lee, violin; Romie de Guise-Langlois, clarinet; Juho Pohjonen, piano; and Jeffrey Cornelius, percussion.
- Also on the series are high-caliber performances of the Mozart Horn Quintet in E-flat Major, K. 407, Messiaen’s transformational Quartet for the End of Time, a piano sonata by Rachmaninoff, and piano quintets by Shostakovich, Bruch and Hahn.
- Additional musicians of extraordinary artistry and reputation on this international roster include: pianists Inon Barnatan, Haochen Zhang, Jeremy Denk, Ran Dank and Debra Ayers; violinists Amy Oshiro-Morales, Benny Kim, Cho-Liang Lin, Daniel Hope, Daniel Jordan, Harvey de Souza, Ida Kavafian, and Benjamin Beilman; violists Hsin-Yun Huang, Lily Francis, and Theresa Rudolph; cellists Nicholas Canellakis, Peter Wiley, Kajsa William-Olsson and Mark Kosower; double-bassists Kristen Bruya and Mark Tatum; trumpeters Charley Lea, David Dash, and Matthew Ernst; clarinetists Anthony McGill, Carol McGonnell, and Michael Rusinek; flutists Bart Feller, Joshua Smith and Tara Helen O’Connor; horn players Julie Landsman, Philip Myers, and Gregory Flint; bassoonists Nancy Goeres, Lewis Kirk and Theodore Soluri; percussionists Daniel Druckman and Gregory Zuber; harpsichordist Kathleen McIntosh; conductor Guillermo Figueroa; and the Montrose Trio with Jon Kimura Parker, piano; Martin Beaver, violin; and Clive Greensmith, cello.
Music production for the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival radio series is by Grammy award-winning recording engineer, Matthew Snyder. The series producer is Louise Frank, whose Studs Terkel: Montage of a Life garnered the top honor at the New York Festivals, and whose extensive profiles of international music makers include programs about Chicago’s Music of the Baroque, the Borusan Istanbul Philharmonic Orchestra, the Jerusalem International Chamber Music Festival, Marilyn Horne, Renée Fleming, Twyla Tharp, and Philip Glass.