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Encyclopedia > Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival

The Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival provides a unique opportunity for distinguished musicians and young talent during a six week summer season. The Festival's concerts are performed in Santa Fe's St. Francis Auditorium and the restored Lensic Theater. The Festival began in 1973 with Pablo Casals acting as honorary president and has contributed to the contemporary chamber music repertoire by commissioning 38 pieces from well-known composers, including Aaron Copland, Ned Rorem, Ellen Taaffe Zwilich, and John Harbison. The Lensic Theater, located at 211 West San Francisco Street in Santa Fe, New Mexico, is an 821 seat theater designed by Boller Brothers of Kansas City, well known movie theater and vaudeville house architects who designed almost one hundred theaters throughout the West and mid-West, including the KiMo... Pau Carlos Salvador Casals i Defilló (December 29, 1876 – October 22, 1973), commonly known as Pablo Casals, was a virtuoso Spanish cello player (and later conductor). ... Chamber music is a form of classical music, written for a small group of instruments which traditionally could be accommodated in a palace chamber. ... Aaron Copland (November 14, 1900 – December 2, 1990) was an American composer of concert and film music. ... Ned Rorem (born October 23, 1923) is a noted American composer and diarist. ... Ellen Taaffe Zwilich (born April 30, 1939) is an American post-modernist composer. ... John Harris Harbison (born December 20, 1938 in Orange, New Jersey) is a composer, best known for his operas and large choral works. ...

Executive Director

  • Steven Ovitsky

Artistic Director

  • Marc Neikrug

External links

  • Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival



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