Santa Fe Reporter - Performing Arts http://www.sfreporter.com/santafe/articles.sec-121-1-performing-arts.html <![CDATA[Forgotten History - Uncovering the legacy of America’s all-black towns]]>
By: Ryan Collett
Karla Slocum is an anthropology professor from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, studying the black history of Oklahoma as a local resident scholar at the School for Advanced Research. Think of her as a cross-country vagabond, but with a PhD.
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<![CDATA[Poetic License - Two poets diverge in a yellow wood (read: a local bookstore)]]>
By: Robert Sobel
Last Saturday, Collected Works Bookstore hosted the second fall reading series of Muse Times Two, curated by Dana Levin and Carol Moldaw.
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<![CDATA[Like Mike - Yay! Comic Mike Birbiglia sleepwalks into town]]>
By: Enrique Limón

With the success of his indie film Sleepwalk with Me, which he co-wrote, directed and stars in, it’s been a whirlwind year for comedian Mike Birbiglia; though he’ll be the first to brush off the “movie star” title. “My agent always tries to knock me down and say I’m not a movie star, but rather a movie starrer—which means I was the star in a movie, but I’m not an actual star,” Birbiglia tells SFR.

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<![CDATA[Children and Fools Speak True - Local theater collective dawns anew]]>
By: Mia Rose Carbone
A wise fool, says Devon Ludlow, managing director of Wise Fool New Mexico, is “one of those fabulous names…Jesters being able to speak the truth…idiocy and wisdom melding.” The medieval court jesters often interspersed truths, honest observations and wise words in their otherwise absurd performances.
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<![CDATA[That’s All, Folks! - SFO and SFCMF bid adieu for the season]]>
By: John Stege
The acequia running nearby shows a few yellow leaves; too cool for breakfast outside today; the overgrown garden needs a firm hand. Summer is slowing and the summer music scene is finito. An imaginary curtain rang down at the Santa Fe Opera last Saturday night, and the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival closed up for the year. So now—a little accountability?]]>
<![CDATA[Tonal Voice - Schoenberg dominates Chamber Music Festival’s final weeks]]>
By: John Stege
Take note, please, of a preliminary event at last Sunday’s Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival concert: the sight of a large, black-clad man being tugged through the crowded lobby at the Lensic by a small girl. The child? A determined young daughter. The gentleman? This season’s distinguished artist-in-residence, Alan Gilbert. Her urgent excuse? I didn’t ask.]]>
<![CDATA[Clarinets of Every Size - Woodwinds shine at Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival]]>
By: John Stege
Every time I hear a fine, well-produced contralto voice, I get the chills. Maybe it goes back to my grandmother’s old Schumann-Heink 78s. Kathleen Ferrier’s “Embarme dich,” and anything else s]]>
<![CDATA[Straussian Function - Arabella continues a rich tradition of German opera in SF]]>
By: John Stege
Anyone who’s been hanging around the Santa Fe Opera for any length of time has heard, until quite recently, a really terrific amount of Richard Strauss.]]>
<![CDATA[Upping the Ante - Chamber Music Festival: manic brillance, rhapsodic climax]]>
By: John Stege
Forty years old already? It can’t be that long since I heard several concerts at the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival’s inaugural season—six Sunday afternoons back in 1973.
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<![CDATA[A Thorough Rogering - The Santa Fe Opera’s King Roger stays focused]]>
By: John Stege
Ever since its 1926 premiere in Warsaw, Karol Szymanowski’s King Roger has been one of those conundrums of 20th-century music. Generically speaking, is it an opera? A dramatic oratorio? A morality play? Is it a work of penetrating insight into psycho-sexual complexities or a murky slog through mystico-symbological pretense?
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<![CDATA[Maometto il Magnifico - Rossini’s Maometto II brings tragic grandeur to the Santa Fe Opera]]>
By: John Stege
If you’ve ever wondered about the word “grand” in grand opera, look no further than the compelling production of Rossini’s tragic opera, Maometto II, now on view at the Santa Fe Opera.
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<![CDATA[Success from Excess - Santa Fe's 40th Chamber Music Festival does it all]]>
By: John Stege
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 in New York: more open, more engaged, more willing to be surprised," Neikrug says. "They really want to be here, and they’re loving everything the festival does." ]]>
<![CDATA[A Pearl of Great Price - Bizet’s The Pearl Fishers shimmers at the Santa Fe Opera]]>
By: John Stege
When you stop to think about it, Bizet’s The Pearl Fishers is pretty much a silent movie, yes? Except with sound, of course. Consider the setting: ancient Ceylon à la MGM’s back lot. Consider the]]>
<![CDATA[Toscissima - Opening night performance of Tosca thrills and excites]]>
By: John Stege
If the great Austro-American film director and actor Erich von Stroheim famously became known as the man you love to hate, Puccini’s Tosca, opening the Santa Fe Opera’s 56th season last Friday, ma]]>
<![CDATA[Future of Farming - Art and activism find fertile soil with collective pract]]>
By: Matthew Irwin
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.]]>
<![CDATA[Operatic Endtime - SFO's imaginative local flavor is a wrap...until next year]]>
By: John Stege
“Only in New Mexico.” That’s the motto emblazoned on the cover of the Santa Fe Opera’s 2011 season brochure.]]>
<![CDATA[Exit Festival - Chamber Music Festival enjoys artistic (and financial) success]]>
By: John Stege
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?”]]>
<![CDATA[Autumnal Hymn - Chamber Music Festival boldly heralds the season]]>
By: John Stege
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.]]>
<![CDATA[Youth and Beauty - Young chamber musicians add flair to technical skill]]>
By: John Stege
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.]]>
<![CDATA[Putting on "Ayre" - Chamber Music Festival explores genre-busting territory]]>
By: John Stege
A couple of years ago, a high-ranking local impresario opined that the Argentinean composer Osvaldo Golijov, after a promising career start, had gone commercial and sold out to mere popular taste.]]>