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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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hunting. The prosecutions stemmed from Spanish fear and confusion over Native practices that could be either malevolent or healing, said Malcolm Ebright, the book’s coauthor and director of the Center for Land Grant Studies in Guadalupita. Spanish authorities heard of Indian tales of wolflike, shape- shifting sorcerers soaring to the Pedernal, where they established a school for the devil. “There was stuff you couldn’t describe any other way than as witchcraft,” said Rick Hendricks, the book’s other coauthor and editor of the Don Diego de Vargas Journals project. But, Hendricks said, “some of the acts described as witchcraft are clearly popular resistance. When the priest was saying Mass, the (Indian) women would interrupt the Mass and, as he recognized it, the devil was speaking.” The Genízaros were enslaved, ordered into farming and stripped of their traditions. The priests’ manual on handling the Indians kindled the conflict by declaring all Native ceremonies and rock art devil worship. Priests had to exorcise the petroglyphs by incising crosses on each side of the drawings. Toledo himself was engaged in “multiple marathon exorcisms in the winter of 1763-64,” according to the book. Though no one was hanged as a witch in this period, the authors fleetingly mention that the Inquisition in colonial New Mexico had executed the Indian leader Don Carlos more than 200 years earlier in a witchcraft case. David Steinberg contributed to this report. churches, sects within both, and followers of various Muslim empire builders … plus the Christian-Islamic clashes around that body of water — in Spain, Sicily and in what is today Turkey, Lebanon, Israel and Egypt. ■ “The Birth of America, From Before Columbus to the Revolution” by William R. Polk (HarperCollins, $25.95). Polk writes an engaging book that brings in descriptions of societies in Europe, Africa and Native America and the roles that the Spanish, French and Dutch — and of course the English — played in the formation of early America. ■ “Louis Armstrong’s New Orleans” by Thomas Brothers (W.W. Norton, $26.95). This is a history of New Orleans and its pervasive music — in churches, on the street, in dance halls, in homes — in the first half of the 20th century and their influence on famed trumpeter Louis Armstrong. ■ “A Sense of the World: How A Blind Man Became History’s Greatest Traveler” by Jason Roberts (HarperCollins, $26.95). No, not Marco Polo. This book is about blind 19th century British traveler James Holman. He defied pain, poverty and government authorities to travel alone. Holman survived capture in Siberia, hunted elephants in Ceylon and helped chart the Australian outback. ■ “The Stolen Prince” by Hugh Barnes (ecco, $27.95). Gannibal, believed to be an African prince, was rescued in 1703 from the Islamic slave trade as a boy and brought to Russia where he became a favorite of Peter the Great. That’s the back story about a man who became a leading European intellectual of his time. ■ “The Story of Science, Aristotle Leads the Way” by Joy Hakim (Smithsonian, $21.95). This book uses a flood of photographs, charts, maps and illustrations to help the general reader understand the history of humankind’s scientific quest to answer the basic question: What is our universe all about? ARTS F4 T HE S UNDAY J OURNAL A LBUQUERQUE ,J ULY 9,2006 Scoop up delicious nonfiction from PAGE F6 ‘Witches’ recounts persecution from PAGE F6 Santa Fe festival opens with Mozart B Y D AVID S TEINBERG Journal Staff Writer Strange as it may seem, two orchestral concerts open the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival’s summer season next weekend. But it isn’t strange to Marc Neikrug, the festival’s artistic director, who scheduled the Colorado Symphony Orchestra and its music director Jeffrey Kahane. Kahane and the CSO will perform two W.A. Mozart piano concertos in each concert plus an overture from a Mozart opera. Neikrug’s thinking — and then planning — went something like this. This year is the 250th anniversary of Mozart’s birth. Neikrug thinks that Mozart’s piano concertos are the center of his legacy, “and they are different from any piano concertos after and before in that they’re really chamber music — the way he writes for the piano, and with wind instruments particularly, is chamber music.” Piano concertos numbers 21 and 23 are on the July 16 program and numbers 17 and 22 are on the July 17 program. Both are being presented at the Lensic Performing Arts Center. “I wanted somehow to include the really great ones. The strange thing is there are a couple which actually can be played with string quartet,” Neikrug said. At about the same time in the planning process, he said, Kahane landed the job of music director at the Denver- based orchestra. “The instant I heard this I started thinking, ‘How can I have him here because he has always played these concerti conducting from the piano.’ That’s the way it should be done.” Actually, the orchestra will be more chamber-sized — between 36 to 40 musicians. Highlights of the season: ■ The Shanghai Quartet performing a group of Chinese songs July 26 in Los Alamos and July 27 at the Lensic. “The members (of the quartet) have always been very connected to their own culture and have made a CD that’s titled ‘Chinese Songs.’ It’s very traditional music which they transcribed. … It’s pretty striking when you hear it. It’s not made up. It’s the real thing,” Neikrug said. ■ French baritone Laurent Naouri sings Schubert’s “Winterreise” July 28 at St. Francis Auditorium. The work is in the German vocal tradition known as lieder, but they’re more than songs, Neikrug said. “It’s a deeply felt tradition of telling stories with music. … These are very profound kinds of statements,” he said. “Winterreise,” an allegory for death, is the epitome of this art form. ■ The July 30 and 31 premiere of a new work by Magnus Lindberg that the festival commissioned. And there’s an all-Lindberg program on Aug. 4. All three concerts are at St. Francis. “If I was forced to come up with the 10 greatest living composers or the five greatest, Lindberg would be there. If I was forced to come up with the top three, he might be there, too,” Neikrug said. ■ Teenage piano wizard Yuja Wang performs a Robert Schumann piano quintet in paired concerts Aug. 2 in Los Alamos and Aug. 3 at St. Francis. On the same program are works by Mozart and Niklas Sivelov, and other pieces by Schumann. She’s also giving a solo recital at a noon Aug. 3 concert at St. Francis. ■ Mezzo-soprano Anne Sofie von Otter singing Aug. 11 at the Lensic. Among the composers whose works she’ll sing are Schumann, Claude Debussy and Erich Korngold. Von Otter is in town to perform the title role in the Santa Fe Opera production of “Carmen.” ■ The Aug. 14 concert at the Lensic. Neikrug said the concert is kind of the epitome of what makes a good program.” Two of the three Mozart works — his Adagio and Fugue and his Adagio and Rondo — are both nicknamed “Masonic” because of his membership as a Freemason and because these two were especially linked to his Masonic friends, he said. The third Mozart is a String Quintet (K. 515). There’s also Alfred Schnittke’s “Moz-Art,” a small work for two violins, based on fragments of what are in the Mozart style, and F.X. Mozart’s Grand Sonata for Cello and Piano. “A lot of people don’t know it exists. It does, and it’s beautiful,” said Neikrug. ■ The Aug. 15 concert by Wu Man at the Lensic. Wu plays the pipa, an ancient Chinese lute. Though a solo recital, Wu augments her performance with digital video projections of Chinese calligraphy on three screens. ■ The Aug. 16 at the Lensic and Aug. 18 program at St. Francis have Michael Tilson Thomas’ composition “Notturno.” Other compositions are different on each program. “(The Thomas) is not brand new but I think he’s working it. … It’s kind of an Italian serenade,” Neikrug said. It’s for string quartet, flute, harp and base. KAHANE: Will conduct the opening performances of festival ■ Colorado Symphony Orchestra performance to feature piano concertos Chamber event adds Los Alamos dates B Y D AVID S TEINBERG Journal Staff Writer Never in its past 33 years had the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival sponsored a subscription series outside of Santa Fe. Until this summer, that is, its 34th season. The festival is offering a three-concert series at Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church in Los Alamos. The dates are July 19, 26 and Aug. 2. The reasons for the new venue involve wanting to increase its mid-week concert audience and bringing programs to a city with an apparently strong interest in chamber music, said festival executive director Steven Ovitsky. The festival has had paired concerts on the first three Wednesday and Thursday nights of the season, and those Wednesday dates have the lightest attendance, Ovitsky said. “We decided to keep the Thursday program at St. Francis (Auditorium) and take the Wednesdays and move them somewhere else,” Ovitsky said. The decision to try Los Alamos is based on the strength of classical musical presentations from fall to spring in the community, he said. “We’ll see how we do,” Ovitsky said. “We think Los Alamos is a really good community to have concerts in for the three weeks.” The church is located at 3700 Canyon Road. General admission tickets are $25 for one concert or $60 for all three. Tickets are available online at, by calling (505) 982-1890 or toll-free (888) 221-9836 or at the door. If you go WHAT: Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival WHEN: July 16-Aug. 21 WHERE: Lensic Performing Arts Center, 211 W. San Francisco, Santa Fe; St. Francis Auditorium, New Mexico Museum of Fine Arts, 107 W. Palace, Santa Fe; and Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church, Los Alamos HOW MUCH: Prices vary depending on performance. For individual or subscription tickets call (505) 9821890, toll-free (888) 2219836 or online at p 4 - r I t (1” -r - —I & . WWVs ’ FULL HOUSEWINNERS SANDIA RESORT -25 & Tramway • 505-796-7500 • 1-800-526-9366 CASINO san di aresor t an d cas i no corn

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