Celebrating Stravinsky

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Celebrating Stravinsky

Thursday, Apr 29, 2021 / 7:00 pm
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Don’t miss this brilliant re-creation of Igor Stravinsky’s concert at the Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi—conducted on July 17, 1960! This spectacular performance features four Santa Fe Symphony principals and the full Symphony Orchestra and Chorus.

The Santa Fe Symphony Orchestra & Chorus
Guillermo Figueroa, principal conductor
Carrmen Flórez-Mansi, choral director

Joseph Haydn

Sinfonia concertante in B-flat Major, Hob. I/105, op.84, K.364 (320d)

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Symphony No. 38 in D Major, K.504, “Prague”

Igor Stravinsky

Symphony of Psalms

David Felberg, violin
Dana Winograd, cello
Elaine Heltman, oboe
Stefanie Przybylska, bassoon


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Thursday, Apr 29, 2021 / 7:00 pm


April 29, 2021
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm


Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi
131 Cathedral Pl.
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Parking is available in the lot adjacent to the Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi.

Of Note

Stravinsky made some unusual decisions about instrumentation for Symphony of Psalms. First, he eliminates violins, violas, and clarinets from the orchestra, and the absence of the bright upper strings and the smooth sonority of clarinets helps intensify the music’s consciously “archaic” sound. Second, Stravinsky includes two pianos and a harp in the orchestra and uses them percussively.

Joseph Haydn’a Sinfonia Concertante in B flat major was composed in London between February and March 1792. The work is a sinfonia concertante with four instruments in the solo group: violin, cello, oboe and bassoon. It is believed to be a response to similar works composed by Ignaz Pleyel, a former student of Haydn’s who London newspapers were promoting as a ‘rival’ to Haydn.

Mozart lived tin Prague, and his Prague Symphony and Don Giovanni were first performed in the city. In addition, the lyric music of the great Czech composers Bedřich Smetana, Antonín Dvořák, and Leoš Janáček is commemorated each year in a spring music festival.

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.

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Carmen Flórez-Mansi, choral director

Carmen Flórez-Mansi, a native of New Mexico, currently serves as the Pastoral Associate for Music at the Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi. Since 1989, she has performed as a vocal artist, choral conductor, vocal instructor, and liturgy specialist throughout the Southwest, including solo appearances with the Santa Fe Desert Chorale and The Santa Fe Symphony Orchestra & Chorus.

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David Felberg, concertmaster

Praised by The Santa Fe New Mexican for his “fluid phrases, rich focused tone, rhythmic precision, and spot-on intonation,” Violinist David Felberg, an Albuquerque native, is Concertmaster of The Santa Fe Symphony, Associate Concertmaster of the New Mexico Philharmonic, and performs with Santa Fe Pro Musica. He is also the Artistic Director and Co-Founder of Chatter, a groundbreaking series exploring both new and old music, and producing over 60 performances per year.

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Dana Winograd, principal cello

Originally from Los Angeles, cellist Dana Winograd received her Bachelor and Master of Music Performance degrees from the Juilliard School in New York, where she studied with Harvey Shapiro and Channing Robbins, as well as members of the Juilliard String Quartet for chamber music. After graduation, Winograd led an active freelance career in New York City

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Elaine Heltman, principal oboe

Elaine Heltman hails from Saddle Brook, New Jersey, and graduated from Ithaca College School of Music. While leading a high school marching band in New Jersey, she also studied with Joseph Robinson, former Principal Oboe of the New York Philharmonic. In 1981, Heltman’s career as a professional oboist was ignited when she was appointed to the Filarmónica de Caracas, Venezuela. Greg Heltman joined her there on Valentine’s Day, 1981; they married in 1988 and have been inseparable ever since.

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Stefanie Przybylska, bassoon

Principal bassoonist, Stefanie Przybylska, has appeared as a featured soloist in works by Mozart and John Williams. In addition to her role with The Symphony, Stefanie has performed with the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival, Music in the Mountains (in Durango, Colorado) and with Chatter Sunday in Albuquerque. She co-founded and directed the Bosque Bassoon Band, a group composed of both amateur and professional bassoonists, dedicated to performing chamber music written for bassoon ensemble ...

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Program Notes

Stravinsky composed the Symphony of Psalms for the Boston Symphony Orchestra’s fiftieth anniversary in 1930. For the Symphony of Psalms, Stravinsky turned to the Old Testament, taking excerpts from two Psalms (Nos. 39 and 40) and using one (No. 150) complete; the text is sung in Latin. The title “s…

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