Christmas Treasures

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Christmas Treasures

Sunday, Dec 13, 2020 / 4:00 pm
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Virtual Concert Series @ Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi
PRICE:
$20 PER HOUSEHOLD—THIS VIRTUAL CONCERT PREMIERES DECEMBER 13 @ 4:00 PM WITH ONLINE ACCESS UNTIL JANUARY 13. A PASSWORD AND DIRECT LINK TO THE PERFORMANCE WILL BE EMAILED ON CONCERT DAY.

 

Ring in the holiday season with The Santa Fe Symphony at one of our city’s most iconic destinations—the Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi in historic downtown Santa Fe!

Enjoy a chamber orchestra presentation of Corelli’s Christmas Concerto, conducted by our very own Maestro Guillermo Figueroa, as well as holiday favorites from The Santa Fe Symphony brass, strings, and more! Christmas Treasures premieres December 13 at 4:00 pm but will be available to view for 30 days. 

Sponsored by Century Bank with additional support by Christus St. Vincent

PROGRAM

GEORGE FRIDERIC HANDEL

Messiah Overture

Messiah Pastorale

Kerri Lay, Violin; Gabriela da Silva Fogo, Violin; Alan Mar, Violin; Carol Swift, Violin; Barbara Morris, Violin; Gloria Velasco, Violin; Anne Karlstrom, Violin; Valerie Turner, Violin; Christine Rancier, Viola; Joel Becktell, Cell; Lisa DiCarlo, Cello; Lisa Collins, Cello, Frank Murray, Bass; Terri Reck, Harpsichord

J.S. BACH

Cello Suite #1 in G Major, BWV 1007

Prelude

Menuets I & II

Gigue

Joel Becktell, Cello

IRVING BERLIN

White Christmas, arr. by Alan Civil

Jeffrey Rogers, Horn; Katelyn Benedict, Horn; Peter Erb, Horn; and Allison Tutton, Horn

CONSUELO VELASQUEZ

Besame Mucho, arr. by Arturo Pantaleon/Gabriel Soto

Jeffrey Rogers, Horn; Katelyn Benedict, Horn; Peter Erb, Horn; and Allison Tutton, Horn

GEORGE PHILIPP TELEMANN

6 Canonic Sonatas – Sonata No. 2

I. Spiritoso

II. Larghetto

III. Allegro Assai

Gabriela da Silva Fogo, Violin and Kerri Lay, Violin

TRADITIONAL CHRISTMAS CAROL

Jingle Bells, arr. by Lowell Shaw

Jeffrey Rogers, Horn; Katelyn Benedict, Horn; Peter Erb, Horn; and Allison Tutton, Horn

ARCANGELO CORELLI

Christmas Concerto in G Minor

Soloists: Kerri Lay, Violin; Gabriela da Silva Fogo, Violin; Joel Becktell, Cello

Alan Mar, Violin;  Carol Swift, Violin; Barbara Morris, Violin; Gloria Velasco, Violin;  Anne Karlstrom, Violin;  Valerie Turner, Violin; Christine Rancier, Viola ;  Lisa DiCarlo, Cello; Lisa Collins, Cello;  Frank Murry, Bass; Terri Reck, Harpsichord

RALPH VAUGHAN WILLIAMS

Fantasia on Greensleeves, arranged by FCM

Kerri Lay, Violin;  Gabriela da Silva Fogo, Violin ; Joel Becktell, Cello; Alan Mar, Violin;  Carol Swift, Violin; Barbara Morris, Violin; Gloria Velasco, Violin;  Anne Karlstrom, Violin;  Valerie Turner, Violin; Christine Rancier, Viola ;  Lisa DiCarlo, Cello; Lisa Collins, Cello;  Frank Murry, Bass; Terri Reck, Harpsichord

TRADITIONAL CHRISTMAS CAROL

Eight Carols for Horn Quartet, arranged by Craig Levesque:

I Saw Three Ships

The Angel Gabriel

The First Noel

Joy to the World

O come, o come, Emmanuel

Hark! The Herald Angels Sing

The Huron Carol

Jeffrey Rogers, Horn; Katelyn Benedict, Horn; Peter Erb, Horn; and Allison Tutton, Horn

 


If you have already subscribed or purchased tickets for any of the fall 2020 concerts, don’t worry! Whatever funds you have on account with us can be easily applied to our Virtual Concert Series. Or, if preferred, these funds can also be applied to next year’s subscription, converted into a tax-deductible gift, or fully refunded.

As for our originally-planned fall 2020 programming—these live concerts (Sep through Dec 2020) will move one year forward to the fall of 2021, with identical soloists and programming. You won’t miss a thing. Any changes regarding the spring schedule (Jan through May of 2021) will be announced at a later date.


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Sunday, Dec 13, 2020 / 4:00 pm

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Of Note

The music of Arcangelo Corelli (b. Fusignano, Italy, 1653; d. Rome, 1713) was key in the development of the modern genres of sonata and concerto, in establishing the preeminence of the violin, and as the first coalescing of modern tonality and functional harmony. His compositions for violin mark an epoch in the history of chamber music. His influence was not confined to his own country: Bach studied his works and based his organ fugue BWV 579 on Corelli’s Opus 3 of 1689. And Handel’s Opus 6 Concerti Grossi are modeled on Corelli’s Opus 6 Concerti.

Consuelo Velásquez (b. Mexico, 1916; d. Mexico, 2005) was only 16 when she wrote her enduring 1940s-era standard Bésame Mucho. The song became so popular that it was covered by hundreds of performers, including The Beatles, Nat “King” Cole, Plácido Domingo, Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jr., Xavier Cugat, The Ventures, Andrea Bocelli, José Carreras, and Diana Krall. Although known primarily for this song, Velásquez was the songwriter and lyricist of many Spanish tunes, such as Amar y Vivir, Verdad Amarga, Franquez, Que Seas Feliz, Abuela Abuela, Cachito, and Enamorada.

The traditional Greensleeves melody from the late 16th century is put to masterful use in this orchestral miniature by Ralph Vaughan Williams (b. Gloucestershire, England, 1872; d. London, 1958). This arrangement was initially used in the third act of the composer’s Shakespeare-inspired opera Sir John in Love (his only opera). In this delightful piece, he manages to capture the very essence of England in music. The serene, pastoral sounds evoke images of bucolic bliss, with lyrical string writing and particularly descriptive flute passages.

Program Notes

Christmas Treasures–December 13, 2020MessiahGeorge Frideric Handel(1685-1750)OverturePastoraleMessiah was commissioned by the Lord Lieutenant of Dublin and was an enormous success at its premiere performance in 1742, but it fell flat the same year in London. …

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