Welcome to Kachina Concerts! We exist to present classical music in Santa Fe, featuring artists that may not be so well-known in this city, although they may be well-known elsewhere. Santa Fe has a long history and tradition of classical music and we hope to make a contribution to that.
Our first presentation was a concert on Sunday March 11, 2018, at 3:00pm, at First Presbyterian Church in Santa Fe. We welcomed Alexander Paley, a virtuoso Russian (Moldovan) pianist on his first visit to Santa Fe. Alexander Paley is widely acclaimed for his dazzling technical prowess, his exceptionally broad and extensive repertoire of concerti, solo piano works and chamber music, and the depth of his unique and personal interpretations.
Alexander Paley’s first visit to Santa Fe was a whirlwind of music, as well as trips to churches and museums and scenic drives. His private gallery concert featured Schubert Impromptus and the complete Schumann Carnaval. Sitting so close to such an explosive performer, the sixty listeners were astonished at the heightened emotional response they felt.
His public concert on March 11th contained some of the masterpieces of the Russian Romantic and late romantic repertoire. Paley comes onto stage with purpose and eagerness, and his first touch on the keys brings a glorious smile to his face. He loves toperform and says he would do it every evening if he could. Tchaikovsky’s Seasons, which includes several pieces that student pianists encounter in anthologies, was lovingly presented. After the intermission Scriabin’s Sonata No. 2, Medtner’s Sonata Reminiscenza, and Prokofiev’s 3rd Sonata were a tour through 25 years of brilliant music that seemed to be written for the towering pianists who graduated from Russia’s best conservatories. Explosive chords made the front row listeners jump. Others spoke of how wonderful it was to watch Paley’s face, expressing every bit of what his fingers draw from the piano. Mr. Paley fell in love with Santa Fe and hopes to return with his wife, pianist Pei-wen Chen.
Many audience members said how lucky they felt to have heard this concert, how they hadn’t heard piano playing like this in a long time, and how amazed they were that such a pianist was performing in Santa Fe.
“WOW! I’m so glad I got to hear Alexander Paley’s concert.” — Nancy Scheer
“The recital was a once in a lifetime event. Wow!! It was amazing to hear a Russian play Russian music. There was an intrinsic, feeling-it-to-the core quality to his playing that is not often heard in music making of any sort…the audience was enraptured with him and with his playing, as I’m sure you could tell . . . I can’t believe the beautiful legato he gets and the sonorous lush tones while playing softly. His fortissimo is brilliant and he gets his body all up in that piano. What I want to know is, how and where did you find this man?” — Ephraim Herrera
“It was my pleasure, as well as my deep and emotional reaction to this wonderful concert, that made me so happy to attend; thank you for this concert.” — Ariane Josef