The Symphony rings in the New Year with the full orchestra under the baton of Maestro Guillermo Figueroa and a spectacular program featuring works by three of our most celebrated composers. Brahms’s shortest symphony, his No. 3, encapsulates Brahms’s motto “Free but happy” with an intricately crafted work one critic called Brahms’s “artistically the most nearly perfect” composition. The programmatic theatricality continues with Grieg’s first Peer Gynt suite, music composed to accompany Ibsen’s masterwork play, combining Norwegian folklore and traditional music with the yearning harmonies of Scandinavian Romanticism. Finally, Liszt’s Les préludes, the first “symphonic poem” ever to be published under that description, which depicts themes as universal as “love” and “victory.”
BRAHMS Symphony No. 3 in F Major, op.90
GRIEG Peer Gynt Suite No. 1, op.46
LISZT Les préludes, Symphonic Poem No. 3, S.97
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One of the most versatile and respected musical artists of his generation—renowned as conductor, violinist, violist, and concertmaster—Guillermo Figueroa is the Principal Conductor of The Santa Fe Symphony Orchestra & Chorus. He also serves as the Music Director of the Music in the Mountains Festival in Colorado, Music Director of the Lynn Philharmonia in Florida, and is the founder of the highly acclaimed Figueroa Music and Arts Project in Albuquerque. Additionally, he was the Music Director of both the New Mexico Symphony and the Puerto Rico Symphony. With this last orchestra, he performed to critical acclaim at Carnegie Hall in 2003, the Kennedy Center in 2004, and Spain read more …