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On a Friday afternoon in June, the cast rehearsal taking place at Gaddes Hall on the Santa Fe Opera campus is decidedly low-tech. An acoustic piano supports the naturally amplified singers in the small open-air amphitheater, and the sun alone provides a spotlight. This could be mistaken for a rehearsal leading up to SFO’s first season, rather than its 61st. Until composer Mason Bates begins triggering audio effects on his MacBook.
In mid-December, Loren Bienvenu was busy working on a trestle table in a Second Street woodshop. Many Santa Feans may be more familiar with this soft-spoken, good-natured guy as a musician and freelance writer, but he has also been creating in wood for about six years.
Sascha T. Scott can read a painting the way other scholars might read a book. A professor of American art at Syracuse University, she combines deep knowledge with insight in her recent publication, A Strange Mixture: The Art and Politics of Painting Pueblo Indians.