Christmas Treasures

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Christmas Treasures

Sunday, Dec 13, 2020 / 4:00 pm
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Our annual Christmas Pops concert features something for everyone! Enjoy holiday favorites such as excerpts from Tchaikovsky’s Suite from The Nutcracker, Anderson’s Sleigh Ride, Berlin’s White Christmas, and much more. Plus, the Santa Fe Youth Symphony—under the direction of SFYS Conductor William Waag—joins us again for a special side-by-side performance. Fun for the entire family!

The Santa Fe Symphony
The Santa Fe Youth Symphony
Guillermo Figueroa, principal conductor
William Waag, conductor


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December 13
4:00 pm - 6:00 pm


The Lensic
211 W. San Francisco Street
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Paid public parking is available at the Sandoval Municipal Garage, 216 West San Francisco Street (across the street from The Lensic). Additional metered parking is available throughout the downtown area.

Of Note

Now in its 21st Season, the Santa Fe Youth Symhony trains young northern New Mexico musicians in ensemble settings that include string and symphony orchestras, and jazz and mariachi ensembles. SFYSA also provides group lessons and instruments to violin, viola and cello students through its Elementary Strings program.

Some 60 years after Leroy Anderson created Sleigh Ride, the composition is still ranked as one of the 10 most popular pieces of Christmas music worldwide. This is in spite of the fact that the word “Christmas” is never mentioned in the lyrics which Mitchell Parish wrote several years after Anderson finished the composition.

In a letter to a friend about the Nutcracker Suite, Tchaikovsky himself remarked, “Apparently the opera gave pleasure, but the ballet not really; and, as a matter of fact, in spite of all the sumptuousness it did turn out to be rather boring.” He thought little of it, describing it as “infinitely worse than Sleeping Beauty.” The reference was to the second of his three ballets; the first had been Swan Lake.

William Waag, conductor

William Reece Waag is the Conductor of the Santa Fe Youth Symphony. A passionate music educator, he also works as a guest clinician, a Santa Fe Symphony mentor and support in the music classrooms across Northern NM. He hails from Anchorage, Alaska, and his teaching experience ranges from elementary, secondary schools, and colleges, in both public and private sectors. He has held teaching and conducting positions in four states throughout the western US.

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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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Program Notes

In 1865, Tchaikovsky graduated from the St. Petersburg Conservatory and took the only steady job he ever had in music.The Rubinstein brothers–composer Nikolay and pianist Anton–invited him to join the faculty of the Moscow Conservatory, which they were just establishing, and Tchaikovsky move…

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