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Chamber music group goes off-piste

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — In a detour from its more staid format, Serenata of Santa Fe will transform into a cafe, complete with dancing, on Saturday, Sept. 28.

The chamber music group will perform “Latin Sunset” at Santa Fe’s Dance Station, in a moody binge of smoky and sensual tangos, rhumba and more in both song and dance.

Audrianna Duncan (student) with Lawrence Black (professional dancer) will perform with Serenata of Santa Fe. (Courtesy of Gail Macquestan )

“I’ve wanted to do this for a long time,” Serenata artistic director Pamela Epple said. “It’s more of a nightclub atmosphere. There’s benches all around the room. There will be light refreshments.”

Epple takes classes at the venue. Seven of the pieces, written by composers from tango master Astor Piazzolla to Chilean composer Violeta Parra, will feature professional and student dancers.

Guitarist Martin Ly

“I love the collaboration with other art forms other than music,” she said. “I think this is the perfect way to combine the two art forms.”

Violinist David Felberg

The compositions include Osvaldo Golijov’s “Sueltate las Cintas (Untie Your Ribbons).” The 2004 piece weaves tango with Sephardic music.

“It’s a Viennese waltz,” Epple added. “It combines a lot of aspects of Andalucian, Morroccan and music from Palestine.”

Chilean composer Violeta Parra’s “Gracias a la Vida” knits Chilean folk music with concerns for the country’s social conditions.

The cross-cultural fusions extend to Belgian composer Francis Goya, “who grew up with a guitar in his hands,” Epple said. “He was a great admirer of Latin music.”

The musicians will include David Felberg, violin; Dana Winograd, cello; Gail Springer, soprano; Martin Ly, guitar; Jeff Sussmann, percussion, and the Dance Studio dancers.