A Lincoln Center Chamber Music Society (CMS) ensemble will replace the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields Chamber Ensemble at the October 26 Los Alamos Concert Association concert. Courtesy / LACA
A Lincoln Center Chamber Music Society (CMS) ensemble will replace the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields Chamber Ensemble at the Los Alamos Concert Association (LACA) concert on October 26.
The US Consulate in London, inundated with applications for work visas, was unable to issue visas for the entire Academy in time for their US tour. The Chamber Music Society (CMS) will send an ensemble to Los Alamos which will play the same repertoire planned by the Academy.
From its headquarters in Alice Tully Hall in New York City, CMS attracts more people to chamber music than any other organization of its kind through its performance, education, recording and broadcasting activities. CMS’s rotating roster of artists perform a series of regular concerts in New York City and tour extensively, bringing chamber music to audiences across the country.
The concert on Tuesday, October 26, which begins at 7 p.m. in the Duane Smith Auditorium, will feature bytes by Schubert and Irish composer Howard Ferguson as well as an arrangement by Purcell’s Benjamin Britten Chaconie for strings.
The Chaconie by 17e Century composer Henry Purcell is a series of variations on a simple theme with unspecified instrumentation. In 1948, Benjamin Britten arranged the piece for strings, a tribute from one great English composer to another.
Howard Ferguson composed some of the most important music of the 20th century to emerge from North Ireland. His Octet for winds and strings uses the same instruments as the Schubert byte on the program: string quartet, double bass, clarinet, bassoon and French horn.
Everyone attending the concert will be required to wear masks in the Duane Smith Auditorium Lobby and Performance Hall. There are no assigned seats, so guests will be asked to be vigilant about social distancing when choosing seats in the spacious auditorium. It will be especially useful if those entering an empty row move to the center so that later comers do not need to climb on the people sitting in the aisle.
Normally LACA tickets are non-refundable, but in this unusual situation, refund requests can be sent (with tickets attached) to PO Box 572, Los Alamos, NM 87544. As is always the case with LACA, tickets for this concert will be valid for any concert in the 2021-22 season.
The Duane Smith Auditorium is located at 1300 Diamond Dr., on the Los Alamos High School campus. Tickets ($ 35) are available in Los Alamos at Fuller Lodge Arts Center and Smith’s Marketplace, in White Rock at Smith’s and electronically at www.losalamosconcert.org. Tickets for 6-18 year olds are free and will be available at local outlets, electronically and at the door.
For complete information on the artist, venue and tickets, visit the LACA website website.