Saturday, May 18, 2019―7:00 pm
Sunday, May. 19, 2019―4:00 pm
In honor of the 150 year anniversary of Hector Berlioz, our Season Finale takes on his work in a grand epic of his most celebrated compositions!
This afternoon of great music begins when Maestro Figueroa hands over the baton to Concertmaster David Felberg and takes up his “Figueroa Strad” to perform Berlioz’s masterful Rêverie et Caprice, op.8, for Violin and Orchestra.
Then, mezzo-soprano Rebecca Robinson, praised for her “darkly pretty voice,” joins us for a performance of Berlioz’s lush and dramatic La mort de Cléopâtr
And finlly, Berlioz’s most celebrated work, Symphonie fantastique. Written for large orchestra when he was just 26 years old and already famous, this brilliant piece premiered in Paris on December 5, 1830, and won him a reputation as one of the most progressive composers of the era. Through its movements, it tells the story of an artist’s self-destructive passion for a beautiful woman. The symphony describes his obsession and dreams, tantrums and moments of tenderness, and visions of suicide and murder, ecstasy and despair.
Rêverie et Caprice, op.8 for Violin & Orchestra
Guillermo Figueroa, Violin
La mort de Cléopâtre
Rebecca Robinson, Mezzo Soprano
Symphonie fantastique op. 14
Rebecca Robinson recently completed the Professional Certificate program at the University of Colorado–Boulder where she was seen in Eklund Opera productions as the title role in Rossini’s La Cenerentola (Cinderella), Ottone in Monteverdi’s L’incoronazione di Poppea, and Dorabella in Cosi fan tutte, as well as in recital with the world-renowned Takács Quartet. She was awarded 3rd place in the Denver Lyric Opera Guild competition in 2016, and named a finalist in the Bruce Ekstrand Competition, which recognizes and awards development grants to promising graduate students. After two busy and successful years at CU, Rebecca decided to call these mountains home and is now based in Denver, CO.
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.