Just ask Marc Neikrug, longtime artistic director of the Santa
Fe Chamber Music Festival, what he thinks about audiences here in the City
Diff, and be prepared for a shock. "They are way, way better than
York: more open, more engaged, more willing to be surprised," Neikrug
says. "They really want to be here, and they’re loving everything the
Amy Franceschini wants to build a land bridge between art and activism.
As a founder of the artist collective Futurefarmers spoke at Tipton Hall
on the Santa Fe University of Art and Design campus Monday night, she
explained that the more interactive site installations she creates to
draw attention to issues surrounding farms and farming practice, the
more the procedures of the art world seem to slow her down.
Walking up the aisle at the Lensic Performing Arts Center during intermission at the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival’s last concert of the season on Aug. 22, I heard startled comments everywhere: “Whew,” “Astonishing,” “Where’s that been all my life?”
Believe it: Summer’s on the wane. The kids are back in school; cottonwood leaves are falling into the Acequia Madre; and when you read this, the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival’s 39th season will be history.
When Gyorgy Sándor thundered through Schumann’s “Carnaval” in Alamogordo’s public school auditorium a few decades ago, a little kid in the audience fell tumultuously in love with the piano. That would be me. And when Joyce Yang had her way with “Carnaval” at a recent Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival noon concert, Schumann plus Yang made that love affair seem like only yesterday.