“You think when you’ve played with someone for over 25 years that you would get used to it,” bassist Christian McBride says about the veteran jazz pianist Chick Corea. “But playing with Chick I never cease to be amazed, and I’m still starstruck.” McBride and drummer Brian Blade join Corea for a performance at the Lensic.

The Canadian icon has always been a politically engaged musician, focusing on First Nations and Native American issues, ecology, and anti-violence. She plays a fundraiser concert for Indigenous Solutions, Tewa Women United, and the Friendship.

    The Seventh Annual Albuquerque Film & Music Experience (AFMX) features appearances by two stars of the music world: Dave Grusin and Neil Giraldo. For a schedule of film screenings and tickets, visit abqfilmx.com or call 505-265-7866. 

    Piano and vocal recitals. Chamber works. Operas, new and historic. Symphonic pieces of all sizes. And some notable performers. Fall in Santa Fe brings with it the start of a new classical music season. This year, nine performance organizations within The City Different present a smorgasbord of offerings — from Bach and Beethoven to Philip Glass and George Gershwin. 

    Drummer Loren Bienvenu’s Tonic Backline Band plays its last two gigs on Friday, Aug. 30, and Saturday, Aug. 31, at Tonic, 103 E. Water Street. The culmination of the quartet’s summer house-band residency, these will be live recording sessions, featuring all original material. 

    Albuquerque’s Chatter ensemble is getting a jump start on celebrating the 250th anniversary of Beethoven's birth by performing one of his 16 string quartets each month, in the order of composition, from September through December 2020. The first concert is 10:30 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 1, at the Las Puertas Event Center, 1512 1st St. NW in Albuquerque. 

    The Santa Fe Traditional Music Festival, or TradFest, runs Friday through Sunday, Aug. 23 to 25, at Camp Stoney, near the edge of the Santa Fe National Forest. Now in its third consecutive year, headliners include Chris Jones and the Night Drivers, the South Carolina Broadcasters, and Cedric Watson.

    From 1 to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 25, Felix y Los Gatos bring their Latin beats, blues, Tejano, outlaw country, and zydeco to Santa Fe Brewing Eldorado Taphouse.

    The world premiere of A Shattered Vessel for String Quintet by the American composer Richard Danielpour is a featured event in Music from Angel Fire’s opening-night concert at 6 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 16. 

    The legendary funkster George Clinton is on his final tour with Parliament-Funkadelic and appears at Taos Vortex before his imminent retirement. 

    For the Santa Fe Opera 2019 season, 42 apprentice singers get a chance to shine during the opera’s Apprentice Showcase Scenes on two days in August. The singers perform scenes from the SFO’s repertoire in the Crosby Theatre beginning at 8 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 11 and Aug. 18. 

    The final weekend of the 2019 Santa Fe Bandstand program on The Plaza begins Friday, Aug. 9, with a Native-music double-header. First up, from 6 to 7 p.m., is a mighty Native drum circle. Then Grammy-winning flutist Robert Mirabal has the stage for an hour and a half, beginning at 7:15. 

    The appropriately named FLUX Quartet performs world premieres of three string quartets during its Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival concert on Friday, Aug. 2. at 6 p.m. at St. Francis Auditorium, with a pre-performance talk by the composers at 5 p.m. 

    The Santa Fe Desert Chorale’s “In the Court of the Sun King” offers a cross section of sacred music by French Baroque-era composers, including the stellar figures Marc-Antoine Charpentier, François Couperin, and Jean-Philippe Rameau.  The next performances are 4 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 4 (pre-concert talk 2:30 p.m.) and 8 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 8 (pre-concert talk 6:30 p.m.) at the Immaculate Heart of Mary Chapel. 

    Stanley Clarke, the colorfully virtuosic bassist best known as a co-founder of the groundbreaking fusion band Return to Forever, is the final Santa Fe act of the 2019 New Mexico Jazz Festival, at the Lensic Performing Arts Center, 7:30 p.m. Saturday, July 27.

    Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival hosts a free summertime Youth Concerts series at 10 a.m. on Monday, July 29, with Dvoˇrák Piano Quintet in A Major, Op. 81, and at 10 a.m. on Aug. 5 with selections by Bach and Schubert. Concerts are held at the New Mexico Museum of Art.

    Mixed Media

    Solid Korngold

    Erich Wolfgang Korngold isn’t exactly a household name. But if you’re a fan of Errol Flynn, you’ve certainly heard his music.

    The Colombian virtuoso harpist Edmar Castañeda is featured in a free New Mexico Jazz Festival concert Tuesday, July 23, at 6 p.m. on the Santa Fe Plaza.

    The Santa Fe Desert Chorale opens its 37th annual summer season this weekend with two chamber concerts at The Church of the Holy Faith, one at 2 p.m. Friday, July 19 and the second, at 4 p.m. Saturday, July 20; the latter is followed by a post-concert dinner at La Posada de Santa Fe. 

    The Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival continues on at 6 p.m. Wednesday, July 24, with a concert featuring Brahms’ Piano Quartet in G minor and noted pianist Kirill Gerstein, at the New Mexico Museum of Art.

    The colorful brass band/Mardi Gras Indian group Cha Wa plays Music on the Hill in Santa Fe at St. John’s College, 6 p.m. Wednesday, July 17, and at Albuquerque’s Outpost Performance Space at 8 p.m. Thursday, July 18.

    Joseph Johnson steps outside his orchestra roles this weekend in a pair of solo concerts that will test his instrumental voice: 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, July 13, at SITE Santa Fe and 10:30 a.m. on Sunday, July 14, at Las Puertas Event Center in Albuquerque.

    The Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival launches its 2019 season Sunday, July 14 with a concert highlighted by the New Mexico premiere of IF, a monodrama for soprano and ensemble by Pulitzer Prize-winning composer John Harbison.  Beethoven, Mendelssohn, and Schubert are also on the program, which will be repeated on Monday, July 15.

    It’s not your imagination. The catchy Guster song that you’ve been hearing on the radio, “Overexcited,” does sound remarkably like the 1982 Madness hit “Our House.” And Guster front man Ryan Miller really is singing in a British accent as he narrates a neighborhood walk.

    AMP coordinated the 4th of July Music Weekend Getaway in Taos’ Kit Carson Park, where Lake Street Dive plays on Friday, July 5. The band is part of a multi-day lineup that kicked off with WAR and Ozomatli on July 4 and finishes on Saturday, July 6, with The Mavericks and Los Lobos.

    David Berkeley plays at 5:30 p.m. on Friday, July 5, as part of the Sunset in the Garden concert series at Santa Fe Botanical Garden.

    Canadian-Portugese musician Awna Teixiera plays Gig Performance Space at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, July 5. 

    Random Acts

    Marks the spot

    At 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, July 3, the original lineup of X plays at The Bridge Patio at Santa Fe Brewing Co. This is a 21-and-older event.