Event Description

Principal Conductor Guillermo Figueroa leads The Symphony Orchestra in a series of uplifting and joyous works, including one of the most universally beloved symphonies in the Classical repertoire, Schubert’s so-called “Unfinished” Symphony. Jason Vieaux, recent recipient of the Grammy Award for Best Classical Instrumental Solo Album, will lead the stage in a glorious modern guitar concerto by Joaquin Rodrigo, Fantasia para un Gentilhombre. The performance concludes with Dvořák’s Symphony No. 3, one of his earliest successes.

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Concert Notes

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 19, 2017, AT 4:00 PM

Symphony No. 8 in B Minor (“Unfinished”), D.759
Franz Schubert

Schubert actually wrote a number of unfinished symphonies. Besides the famous one, there are fragments of five other symphonies that he began but abandoned. The one known as the “Unfinished” was written in the fall of 1822, when Schubert was twenty-five. He began work on October 30, and completed two movements in November; he then began a third movement, a scherzo, sketching out 129 measures and fully orchestrating the first nine. And then he stopped. The following year he had the manuscript delivered to his friend Anselm Huttenbrenner, probably as a gesture of appreciation for having been elected a member of the Styrian Music Society of Graz, of which Huttenbrenner was a member. At that point Schubert apparently forgot about this symphony. He never heard it performed.

The Symphony recognizes with thanks our season program notes contributor, Eric Bromberger.

Guitarist Jason Vieaux Winner of the 2015 Grammy Award for Best Classical Instrumental Solo

NPR describes Grammy-winning guitarist Jason Vieaux as “perhaps the most precise and soulful classical guitarist of his generation,” and Gramophone magazine puts him “among the elite of today’s classical guitarists. Read more!

Vieaux will also be featured in his own concert recital on Thursday, February 16 at 7:oo pm—don’t miss this rare opportunity to see two-time Grammy winner perform solo at The Lensic!

Guillermo Figueroa Principal Conductor

As newly appointed Principal Conductor for The Santa Fe Symphony Orchestra & Chorus, Guillermo Figueroa will lead the orchestra into an exciting new chapter in the 2016–2017 Season. Read more!

& Musicians

Principal Conductor

Guillermo Figueroa


Jason Vieaux


The Santa Fe Symphony Orchestra

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