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BRIEF: Onstage -- Plus or minus: Handel's turn

August 1, 2014

By James M. Keller, The Santa Fe New Mexican

Aug. 01--George Frideric Handel might not be keen that a concert devoted entirely to his music is being presented under the rubric Bach Plus. Though born within a month of each other in German towns only 80 miles apart, Bach and Handel never met. Twice it seemed as if they might, but Handel developed schedule conflicts -- or, some suspect, wriggled out -- both times. This Bachless Bach Plus program, presented by Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival, comprises three pieces by Handel: his C-major Flute Sonata (played by flutist Tara Helen O'Conner and harpsichordist Kathleen McIntosh), his E-major Keyboard Suite (with pianist Victor Santiago Asuncion), and his cantata La Lucrezia (featuring mezzo-soprano Sasha Cooke), the last being a gloss on Livy's account of a rape and suicide that led to the overthrow of the Roman Kingdom and the establishment of the Roman Republic in 509 B.C.E. The performance takes place on Saturday, Aug. 2, at 5 p.m. in the St. Francis Auditorium of the New Mexico Museum of Art, 107 W. Palace Ave. For tickets ($35-$45), call the festival at 505-982-1890 or 888-221-9836, ext. 102, or contact (505-988-1234).


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