Celebrating Stravinsky

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Celebrating Stravinsky

Thursday, Apr 28, 2022 / 7:00 pm
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The Santa Fe Symphony Orchestra & Chorus is thrilled to present Celebrating Stravinsky—a recreation of Igor Stravinsky’s masterful Symphony of Psalms originally conducted on July 17, 1960 at the iconic Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi—plus Haydn’s Sinfonia concertante and Mozart’s Symphony No. 38. This brilliant program features four Santa Fe Symphony principals and the full Symphony Orchestra & Chorus under the direction of Maestro Guillermo Figueroa.

The Santa Fe Symphony Orchestra & Chorus
Guillermo Figueroa, Principal Conductor
Carmen Flórez-Mansi, Choral Director

PROGRAM

FRANZ JOSEPH HAYDN

Sinfonia concertante in B-flat Major, op.84, K.364

David Felberg, Concertmaster; Dana Winograd, Principal Cello; Elaine Heltman, Principal Oboe; Stefanie Przybylska, Principal Bassoon

WOLFGANG AMADEUS MOZART

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

IGOR STRAVINSKY

Symphony of Psalms

 


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Thursday, Apr 28, 2022 / 7:00 pm

Details

Date:
April 28, 2022
Time:
7:00 pm
Cost:
$22

Venue

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’s Sinfonia Concertante in B flat major was composed in London between February and March 1792. The work uses 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 whom London newspapers were promoting as a “rival” to Haydn.

Mozart traveled to Prague several times, and his Prague Symphony was first performed in the city, giving rise to the work’s nickname. The lavish use of wind instruments could indicate that this symphony was written specifically with the Prague public in mind: The wind players of Bohemia were famous throughout Europe.

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 and 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 and Associate Concertmaster of the New Mexico Philharmonic. He is also the Artistic Director and Co-Founder of Chatter, a groundbreaking series, exploring both new and old music, that produces more than 60 performances a 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.

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Stefanie Przybylska, principal 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 50th anniversary in 1930. He 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. …

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