Santa Fe Pro Musica Presents The Variation Trio with Benjamin Hochman March 16

The Variation Trio. Courtesy/SFPM

SFPM News:

Santa Fe Pro Musica presents The Variation Trio in performance with Avery Fisher Career Grant winning pianist Benjamin Hochman at 3 p.m. Sunday, March 16 in the St. Francis Auditorium, New Mexico Museum of Art.

Pianist Benjamin Hochman. Photo by Juergen Frank

The Variation Trio and Benjamin Hochman will perform a program of beloved works of famous greats, adding a touch of local color with a piece by Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival Artistic Director and composer Marc Neikrug.

The program inclues:

  • Ludwig van Beethoven Trio in G Major, Op. 9, No. 1
  • Marc Neikrug Green Torso
  • Antonín Dvořák Quartet in E-flat Major, Op. 87, No. 2

Neikrug is well known to Santa Fe audiences as a pianist, chamber musician, conductor, composer and artistic director of the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival. Neikrug is enthusiastic about connecting his own music to the Spanish and Native American cultures indigenous to New Mexico.

Green Torso was commissioned by and dedicated to the festival “Music from Angel Fire,” where Neikrug was the 2007 composer-in-residence

“One night, my friend, Hopi artist Dan Namingha, came to dinner at our home and presented me with a bronze sculpture of a female torso about eight inches tall,” Neikrug said. “I promised Dan that when I wrote my next piece I would place the bronze on the piano for inspiration. The figure is quite realistic and has a distinctive posture: it stands at an angle, with one truncated upper arm raised. I was intrigued by the suggestive strength of the implied gesture of this torso, which, to me, elicits all the flowing power and beauty of a whole figure.”

The resulting music, a quartet for piano, violin, viola and cello, like the sculpted figure, blurs the contradiction between stillness and motion, and intimates that tranquility can suggest motion and that motion can remain rooted in place.