Event Description

Sunday, March 17, 2019―4:00 pm
The Lensic

The Symphony calls forth the spring with three greats … Mozart, Adams, and Dvořák. Join Maestro Guillermo Figueroa as he takes us through Adams’s “Foxtrot for Orchestra,” a fanciful and profound account of the 1972 visit to China by President Richard Nixon, followed by Mozart’s masterful Piano Concerto No. 21, which among Mozart’s 23 piano concertos has aroused the most reverence and reputation, and features the prodigious 24-year-old pianist Drew Petersen, winner of the 2017 American Pianists Awards and the Christel DeHaan Fellowship of the American Pianists Association. Rounding out the afternoon of great music will be Dvořák’s magnificent Symphony No. 7, what many consider to be the pinnacle of his achievement as a composer.

Program:

ADAMS
The Chairman Dances “Foxtrot for Orchestra”

MOZART
Piano Concerto, No. 21 in C Major, K467
featuring Drew Petersen, 2017 Fellow American Pianists Association

DVORAK
Symphony No. 7 in D Minor, op. 70

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Concert Notes

The Chairman Dances
JOHN ADAMS
Born February 15, 1947, Massachusetts

Richard Nixon’s visit to Beijing in February 1972 and the gradual defrosting of Cold War tensions between the United States and China might seem an unlikely topic for an opera, but John Adams’s Nixon in China—first performed in Houston in 1987—makes it work. While composing the opera, Adams received a commission for an orchestral work, and for that he adapted music he was planning to use in the final act of the opera…

Piano Concerto No. 21 in C Major, K.467
WOLFGANG AMADEUS MOZART
Born January 27, 1756, Salzburg, Austria
Died December 5, 1791, Vienna, Austria

Elvira Madigan, byname of Piano Concerto No. 21 in C Major, K467, is a three-movement concerto for piano and orchestra by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and the best known of his many piano concerti. It was completed on March 9, 1785. Its wide recognition is in large part due to the Swedish film Elvira Madigan (1967), in which its lyrical second movement was featured and from which it derives its byname.

Symphony No. 7 in D Minor, op.70
ANTONIN DVOŘÁK
Born September 8, 1841, Muhlhausen, Bohemia
Died May 1, 1904, Prague

Success came late to Dvořák. After years of obscurity, during which he supported his family by giving music lessons and playing the viola in orchestras, Dvořák achieved almost instant fame at the age of 37 when his first set of Slavonic Dances took his name around the world. Now Dvořák found his music in demand, and one of the most important signs of this new fame came in June 1884 when the Philharmonic Society of London nominated him for membership and invited him to compose a symphony that he would conduct in London. Shortly after beginning work on the score in December 1884, Dvořák wrote to a friend: “Now I am occupied with my new symphony (for London), and wherever I go I have nothing else in mind but my work, which must be such as to shake the world and God grant that it may!” Dvořák completed the symphony on March 17, 1885, and journeyed to London to conduct the premiere on June 22. It was a tremendous success: “The enthusiasm at the close of the work was such as is rarely seen at a Philharmonic concert,” wrote one critic.

 

Pianist Drew Petersen

Acclaimed 24-year-old American pianist Drew Petersen is a sought-after soloist, recitalist, and chamber musician in the United States, Europe, and Asia. Winner of a 2018 Avery Fisher Career Grant, the 2017 American Pianists Awards and the Christel DeHaan Fellow of the American Pianists Association, and also Artist-In-Residence at the University of Indianapolis, he has been praised for his commanding and poetic performances of repertoire ranging from Bach to Zaimont

Principal Conductor Guillermo Figueroa

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 in 2005. Read more …

Conductors
& Musicians

Principal Conductor

Guillermo Figueroa

Pianist

Drew Petersen

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