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NMPAS to livestream three concert events

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — The New Mexico Performing Arts Society will livestream three concerts. (Courtesy of New Mexico Performing Arts)

The New Mexico Performing Arts Society will livestream three concerts with the help of some Broadway masks.

The face coverings come from the Broadway Relief Project and allow the singers to feel safe during a performance.

“They’re constructed in such a way that there’s more room where the lips end,” Metropolitan Opera conductor emeritus Franz Vote said.

The three concerts will take place during Santa Fe Music Week. All were rescheduled from earlier dates because of the pandemic. The first on Saturday, Aug. 29, will feature Steinway artist Jacquelyn Helin on the piano playing Book I of Bach’s Well-Tempered Clavier from 7-9 p.m.

“I really think of Bach as the touchstone of Western music,” Helin said. “The understanding of tonality, the contrapuntal mastery, the stylistic range from buoyant to tragic – there is nothing like it.”

“The tuning of the keyboard was not set in Bach’s time,” Vote added. “Once it was set, he decided compose a piece in every key.

“Well-tempered doesn’t mean well-behaved,” he explained, “it means well-tuned.”

A Santa Fe resident, Helin worked with the composers Aaron Copland and Virgil Thompson.

On Sunday, Aug. 30 four singers will perform Bach’s Cantata BWV 39 “Break Bread for the Hungry” at 5:30 p.m.

“It’s a very politically relevant work because it admonishes the faithful to treat the less fortunate with compassion,” Vote said.

Bach composed the cantata for the First Sunday after Trinity in 1726.

The season finale opera concert will occur at 5:30 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 6. Six soloists will perform excerpts from works by Gounod, Monteverdi, Bellini, Strauss, Bizet, Romberg, Verdi and Zarzuela.

Listeners will hear music from such operatic stalwarts as “La Traviata,” “Rigoletto,” “The Pearl Fishers,” “Norma,” “Rosenkavalier” and “Romeo and Juliet.”

The singers will include Esther Moses Bergh, soprano; Jennifer Perez, soprano; Kehar Koslowsky, mezzo soprano; André García-Nuthmann, tenor; John Tiranno, tenor and Tim Willson, bass baritone with Nate Salazar on piano.

All of the performances will be livestreamed from the Immaculate Heart of Mary Chapel in Santa Fe. Tickets are $25 for the Aug. 29 and Aug. 30 concerts; $26 for the Sept. 6 finale.

Tickets are available at nmpas.org.

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