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Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival

Seasonal, Sundays 2 to 3pm on WXXI-FM 91.5, WXXY 90.3, WXXI-FM/HD 91.5-1 and online at
  • Hosted by Marc Neikrug and Kerry Frumkin

This celebrated New Mexican music festival is known for its commitment to tradition, artistic excellence, innovation and vision. Our weekly radio series reflects the Festival’s high standards and varied repertoire by presenting superbly recorded concerts and recitals by some of today’s greatest musical artists. The Festival remains dedicated to lesser known composers and compositions, and to commissioning new works.  Festival Artistic Director Marc Neikrug joins host Kerry Frumkin to provide commentary about the festival the musicians and the music they perform. 

Listeners will be taken on a musical journey to the foothills of New Mexico’s Sangre de Cristo Mountains for 13 concerts from the 2017 Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival.  The season features two world premieres: the FLUX Quartet presents Phil Taylor’s Second String Quartet, of embers and aspen leaves; the other Prisms: four pieces for solo piano written especially for pianist Kirill Gerstein.

A Composer with Many Hats: August 2018

Jul 30, 2018

Tune in on August 12th to hear selections of creative, quirky, contemporary composer Steven Mark Kohn, as part of the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival, Sunday afternoons at 2pm. Kohn has worn several different creative hats. As a composer, he has written music for films (ABC, PBS and The Disney Channel), commercials (Wheaties, BP, Arby’s and others), industrial shows, and many art songs, which have been performed by artists around the world.

Countertenors, Couperin and Quartets, Oh My!: July 2018

Jun 25, 2018

Countertenors, or men that sing in approximately the same range as a mezzo-soprano or contralto, are commonly used in early music and Baroque operas to replace roles that were once portrayed by castrati. With a distinctive timbre and haunting sound, countertenors have been taking the musical world by storm dating back as early as 1692.

6/3          Dvořák: Terzetto (Jennifer Frautschi and Daniel Hope, v; Paul Neubauer, vla) Brahms: Piano Trio No. 2 (Inon Barnatan, p; Daniel Phillips, v; Eric Kim, c)
6/10        Bridge: Three Songs for medium voice, viola & piano (Jennifer Johnson Cano, ms; Paul Neubauer, vla; Jon Kimura Parker, p) Beethoven: String Quartet No. 14 (Johannes String Quartet)

La Jolla Music Society

Oboist Liang Wang, who has appeared with the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival for ten seasons, joined the New York Philharmonic in September 2006 as Principal Oboe, The Alice Tully Chair.  Learn more about Liang Wang.  On this first broadcast of the season, Liang Wang presents Vivaldi's Oboe Concerto.

August 2017 Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival

Jul 31, 2017

Many composers wrote Wiegenlieds or Cradle Songs.  The Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival presents Carl Maria von Weber's version (8/6).

8/6        Weber: Wiegenlied (Sarah Shafer, s; David Starobin, g) Schubert: Piano Trio No. 2 (Jennifer Frautschi, v; Clive Greensmith, c; Shai Wosner, p)

July 2017 Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival Programs

Jun 28, 2017
University of Chicago Presents

7/2 Bridge:  Lament for Two Violas Dvořák: Piano Quintet in A (Tien-Hsin, Cindy Wu & Che-Yen Chen, vla; Peter Serkin, p; Dover Quartet)   7/9 Campion: Three Songs (ca. 1613) Takemitsu: A Bird Came Down the Walk Brahms: String Quintet No.

June 2017 listings for Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival

Jun 5, 2017

6/4        Ogonek: Lightenings, 12 Variations for four players (Julianne Lee, v; Romie de Guise-Langlois, cl; Juho Pohjonen, p; Jeffrey Cornelius, per) Dvořák: String Sextet (Dover Quartet; Steven Tenenbom, vla; Eric Kim, c)

May 2017 Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival listings

May 22, 2017

5/28      Purcell: Trio Sonata No. 3 (Tara Helen O’Connor, f; Liang Wang, ob; Mark Brandfonbrener, c; Kathleen McIntosh, hc) Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 14 (Alessio Bax, p; Jennifer Gilbert & Harvey de Souza, v; Kimberly Fredenburgh, vla; Joseph Johnson, c; Leigh Mesh, bs)  Brahms: Liebeslieder Waltzes (Sarah Shafer, s; Kelley O’Connor, ms; Ben Bliss, t; David Kravitz, bar; Haochen Zhang & Pei-Yao Wang, p)