Dvořák, Higdon & Rouse

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Dvořák, Higdon & Rouse

Sunday, Feb 13, 2022 / 4:00 pm

Join The Symphony for a musical encounter featuring the ethereal blue cathedral by acclaimed composer Jennifer Higdon and Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Christopher Rouse’s explosive and passionate Flute Concerto, featuring The Symphony’s very own Principal Flutist Jesse Tatum. Dvořák’s Eighth Symphony rounds out the program.

The Santa Fe Symphony
Guillermo Figueroa, Principal Conductor





blue cathedral


Flute Concerto

Jesse Tatum, Principal Flute


Symphony No. 8 in G Major, op.88

Allegro con brio


Allegretto grazioso — Molto vivace

Allegro ma non troppo


Watch Jesse Tatum now performing George Philipp Telemann’s “Paris” Quartet No. 6
with David Felberg, Concertmaster; James Holland, Cello; and Luke Gullickson, Harpsichord at Meow Wolf Santa Fe.

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Sunday, Feb 13, 2022 / 4:00 pm


Sunday, Feb 13, 2022
4:00 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

“Blue–like the sky. Where all possibilities soar. Cathedrals–a place of thought, growth, spiritual expression, serving as a symbolic doorway into and out of this world. Blue represents all potential and the progression of journeys. Cathedrals represent a place of beginnings, endings, solitude, fellowship, contemplation, knowledge and growth. As I was writing this piece, I found myself imagining a journey through a glass cathedral in the sky.” —Jennifer Higdon

Christopher Rouse stated in his Program Note for the Flute Concerto that only isolated, individual tragedies serve to sensitize us to the potential harm man can do to his fellow man. He references the abduction and brutal murder of the two-year old English boy James Bulger at the hands of a pair of ten-year old boys. He followed that case closely during the time he was composing his concerto, and ultimately made the central movement an elegy dedicated to Bulger’s memory and senseless death.

“Melodies pour out of me,” Dvořák wrote to a friend in the summer of 1889. “If only one could write them down straight away!” In this case, he did―it took the composer only 16 days to compose the Eighth Symphony.

Jesse Tatum, Flute

Jesse Tatum currently serves as Principal Flute of The Santa Fe Symphony. They are also Principal Flute of the Opera Southwest Orchestra and a Principal Player at Chatter, an innovative Albuquerque-based chamber ensemble. Additionally, Jesse has performed with numerous other musical organizations including The Santa Fe Opera, Performance Santa Fe and the New Mexico Philharmonic.

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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 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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Program Notes

Composer Christophe Rouse said that "although no universal credence for the Jungian concept of 'genetic memory' exists, for me it seems a profoundly viable notion. Although both of my parents’ families immigrated to America well before the Revolutionary War, I nonetheless still feel a deep ... "…

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