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Ludwig Van Beethoven.

Ludwig Van Beethoven.

SANTA FE, N.M. — If you like your music bigger than life – and we’re not talking cheesy stage shows with pyrotechnics – then hie thee over to the Lensic Performing Arts Center this weekend.

The Santa Fe Symphony will be taking on one of the biggest pieces of music ever written – not in length, but in might: Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony.

Written and directed by Beethoven when he was pretty much deaf, the symphony is filled with grandeur and wonder.

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The Santa Fe Symphony Chorus and guest soloists will provide the vocals, while Tom Hall will be directing the orchestra. Braham’s “Tragic Overture” will also be on the program.

Performances are 7:30 p.m. Saturday and 4 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $20-$76. Call 988-1234 or go to ticketssantafe.org.

Junior Brown is one of the featured musicians at this weekend’s Crawdaddy Blues Fest in Madrid. (Courtesy of Francine Maher)

Junior Brown is one of the featured musicians at this weekend’s Crawdaddy Blues Fest in Madrid. (Courtesy of Francine Maher)

BLUES AND BREWS: For a whole different style of music, check out the 7th Annual Crawdaddy Blues Festival in Madrid.

Music runs from noon-7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday in the big tent outside the Mine Shaft Tavern, 2846 N.M. 14. Tickets are $15 each day.

And if the music makes you hungry, the Mine Shaft promises to drive up fresh crawfish from southeast Texas and cook it right in front of your eyes. Shrimp, burgers, brisket and gumbo will also be on the menu.

GO CUBAN: See one person play congas, bongo, claves, timbales all at once, while singing at the same time, today and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. at Teatro Paraguas, 3205 Calle Marie. Cuba Pacha will provide the music – a cappella. He actually imitates all the sounds of the instruments with his own vocal apparatus. Sort of a Cuban Bobby McFerrin. Tickets are $12, or $10 for seniors and students. Call 424-1601 for reservations.

“Lobo,” circa 1993, a mixed media by Bill Gersh. (Courtesy of the Harwood Museum of Art)

“Lobo,” circa 1993, a mixed media by Bill Gersh. (Courtesy of the Harwood Museum of Art)

IN THE MOOD TO BUY? The Eldorado Studio Tour is coming up, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Looking is free, and you’ll see a range of objects: paintings, ceramics, clay, drawing, glass, jewelry, photography, printmaking, woodworking, fiber art and more. And doesn’t everyone like getting a peek into someone else’s house or studio? And you just might find that special something that will make a great gift or addition to your own home.

ON THE ROAD: It looks as if it might be a nice weekend for a drive, so you might want to head up to the Harwood Museum of Art in Taos, which is opening a new exhibit of works from a collection donated by Gus Foster, a former museum curator, collector and supporter of the Harwood. Beginning Saturday, 121 works from his collection will go on display for the public. The collection particularly looks at the Taos-Los Angeles link on contemporary art. On Sunday, docents will offer a tour at 1 p.m.


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