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Young Composers Get A Taste Of The Professional World In Santa Fe

The Flux Quartet will work with the young composers and then perform their new works in a Festival concert on August 4.

For the past five years, young composers who are out on their own for the first time and discovering what it means to be professional have found themselves invited to spend a week at the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival.  The seven-day workshop centers on a string quartet that each young composer has written especially for Santa Fe, and also includes rehearsals and discussions with the Flux Quartet and finally performances of the new works in a Festival concert.

The Festival's Artistic Director, composer Marc Neikrug, says the Young Composers String Quartet Project was designed for young people out of the university and halfway into the professional world.  "I'm looking for the ones that have come to a level where they can work with professionals, and quickly, and the ones who show real promise, real talent, real profundity."

Spencer Beckwith reports on the arts for KUNM. For ten years, until March of 2014, Spencer was the producer and host of KUNM's "Performance New Mexico," a weekday morning arts program that included interviews with musicians, writers and performers. Spencer is a graduate of the acting program at the Juilliard School, and, before moving to New Mexico in 2002, was for many years a professional actor based in New York City.
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