Event Description

MAY 19, 2018 |  7:00 PM
MAY 20, 2018 |  4:00 PM

Hailed “brilliant” by The New York Times and “an artist to be taken seriously” by The Chicago Tribune, Steinway artist Elizabeth Joy Roe helps us bring our season to a spectacular finale with Barber’s Pulitzer Prize-winning and magnificent Concerto for Piano.

Led by Maestro Guillermo Figueroa, this sensational program also features Guest Choral Director Dr. André García-Nuthmann.

BEETHOVEN Overture to Fidelio, op. 72c
BARBER  Concerto for Piano and Orchestra, op.38 featuring Elizabeth Joy Roe
BRAHMS Nänie, op.82, featuring The Symphony Chorus
BRAHMS  Schicksalslied, op.54, featuring The Symphony Chorus
ENESCU Rumanian Rhapsody No. 1 in A Major, op. 11

An avid chamber musician, Ms. Roe has collaborated with an array of esteemed artists, including conductor Leonard Slatkin, violinist Daniel Hope, violist Richard O’Neill, cellist Ralph Kirshbaum, the Parker Quartet, and jazz pianist Shelly Berg; she is also a member of Decoda (Affiliate Ensemble of Carnegie Hall) and Trio Ariadne (ensemble-in-residence at the Green Music Center). Most notably, she co-founded the groundbreaking Anderson & Roe Piano Duo, whose concerts, compositions, and Emmy-nominated music videos (viewed by millions on YouTube) have captivated audiences around the globe.

Committed to arts advocacy, Ms. Roe was one of the inaugural fellows of The Academy—a program of Carnegie Hall, The Juilliard School, and The Weill Music Institute (now under the new appellation of Ensemble Connect). As part of this professional fellowship, she performed regularly at Carnegie Hall with Ensemble ACJW, taught at PS 131Q in Queens, and co-directed the Children’s Music Campaign NYC. In recognition of her educational and leadership endeavors, she was awarded the McGraw-Hill Companies’ Robert Sherman Award for Music Education and Community Outreach.

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Concert Notes

Overture to Fidelio
Born December 16, 1770, Bonn, Germany
Died March 26, 1827, Vienna, Austria

Few of Beethoven’s compositions gave him more trouble than his only opera, Fidelio (titled Leonore in its original form). This tale of marital fidelity and heroic resistance to political tyranny went through three separate versions before the composer quit work on it, and even then many critics (and Beethoven himself) were not wholly satisfied.

Piano Concerto, Opus 38
Born March 9, 1910, West Chester, Pennsylvania
Died January 23, 1981, New York City

Samuel Barber’s opera Vanessa was premiered at The Metropolitan Opera in January 1958, and it had a huge success. It earned the composer a Pulitzer Prize, and that summer it became the first opera by an American to be performed at the Salzburg Festival. In the afterglow of that success, Barber’s publisher—G. Schirmer Inc.—commissioned a piano concerto from the 38-year-old composer.

Nänie, Opus 82
Born May 7, 1833, Hamburg
Died April 3, 1897, Vienna

In the summer of 1867 Brahms met the Austrian painter Anselm Feuerbach, and the two became friends. The handsome, flamboyant Feuerbach and the increasingly-rotund Brahms made a strange pair, and it was not an untroubled relationship (none of Brahms’ friendships was easy).

Schicksalslied, Opus 54
Born May 7, 1833, Hamburg
Died April 3, 1897, Vienna

In the spring of 1868, Brahms joined friends on a vacation trip to the port of Wilhelmshaven. In the course of that trip he came upon a copy of Friedrich Hölderlin’s 1799 novel Hyperion oder Der Eremit in Griechenland, a novel full of longing for the glories of ancient Greece.

Rumanian Rhapsody No. 1, Opus 11
Born August 19, 1881, Liveni Virnav, Romania
Died May 3/4, 1955, Paris, France

Georges Enescu was one of those Promethean musical talents who could do virtually anything. He left Romania at age 7, studied at the Vienna and Paris Conservatories, then launched an international career as a violin virtuoso—his recordings make clear that he was one of the greatest violinists of the twentieth century.


Elizabeth Joy Roe Steinway Artist

A Chicago native, Elizabeth Joe Roe was 13 years old when she won the grand prize at the IBLA International Piano Competition in Italy. Throughout her career she has received honors from the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts, the Music for Youth Foundation, and the National Association for Professional Asian Women. She earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from The Juilliard School as a full scholarship student, graduating with Scholastic Distinction for her thesis on representations of music in the fiction of Thomas Mann, Marcel Proust, and E.M. Forster. A Steinway Artist and Soros Fellow, Ms. Roe’s mission is to connect with others through the inspiration, joy and essential humanity of music.  Read more …

Guillermo Figueroa Principal Conductor

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 Read more …

Dr. André García-Nuthmann Guest Conductor

Dr. André García-Nuthmann started his music career at age four with piano lessons from a local teacher, and at this tender age realized his passion for music, an enthusiasm that never left him. Since, André studied piano and composition Salzburg, Austria, and received his MA in piano accompaniment.

& Musicians


Elizabeth Joy Roe

Principal Conductor

Guillermo Figueroa


The Santa Fe Symphony Chorus

Guest Choral Director

Dr. André García-Nuthmann

Meet The Composers

In Honor of Memorial Day

On Wednesday, May 30, at 7:00 pm, at the beautiful Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi, pay-what-you-wish and join us as we salute those who served with an inspirational program featuring music by The Symphony Chorus under the direction of Guest Choral Director Dr. André García-Nuthmann. Enjoy Vivaldi Kyrie RV587,  Johann Pachelbel Canon In D Major, Gabriel Faure Cantique de Jean Racine, Mozart Missa brevis in F Major K 192. All ages are welcome. Doors open at 6:15 pm.  No tickets required.

In Honor of Memorial Day