Kenneth Knight directs the Canticum Novum Chamber Orchestra & Chorus in the first concert of its 10th season. Knight describes the focus of his programming as “works that ought to be better known than they are, often by composers who ought to be better known than they are,” and indeed the concerts typically include pieces more often encountered on recordings than in live performance. The concert’s opening work, however, is a famous one: a Magnificat that Canticum Novum is offering as the work of Giovanni Battista Pergolesi — a misattribution promulgated a century ago by the Italian scholar Giuseppe Radiciotti, to whom various musicological myths can be traced. The piece is in fact by Francesco Durante (1684-1755), a Neapolitan contemporary of Johann Sebastian Bach. The concert continues with Mendelssohn’s Sinfonia No. 12 in G Minor, an Ave Maria setting by Donizetti, John Ireland’s A Downland Suite (an English pastoral piece composed in 1932 for brass band and later arranged for string orchestra), and “Everyone Sang” by the contemporary but conservative British composer Antony le Fleming. The performances take place at 4 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 5 and. 6, at the Scottish Rite Center (463 Paseo de Peralta) with pre-concert lectures at 3 p.m. Tickets ($25 and $35, with discounts available) may be purchased from Tickets Santa Fe at the Lensic (505-988-1234, www.ticketssantafe.org).
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