Handel’s Messiah

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Handel’s Messiah

Saturday, Nov 21, 2020 / 7:00 pm
Sunday, Nov 22, 2020 / 4:00 pm
from $22

Don’t miss The Symphony’s acclaimed annual performance of Handel’s Messiah, led by Principal Conductor Guillermo Figueroa, and featuring the full Santa Fe Symphony Orchestra & Chorus, with Choral Director Carmen Flórez-Mansi.

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

HANDEL

Messiah

Mary-Hollis Hundley, soprano
Ann McMahon Quintero, mezzo-soprano
Alex Richardson, tenor
Evan Bravos, baritone

 

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Saturday, Nov 21, 2020 / 7:00 pm

Sunday, Nov 22, 2020 / 4:00 pm

Details

Date:
November 21
Time:
7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Cost:
$22

Venue

The Lensic
211 W. San Francisco Street
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Parking

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

First performed in 1742, this musical masterpiece by George Frideric Handel has become one of the world’s most beloved musical works and a musical rite of the holiday season.

He was the Kapellmeister (person in charge of music) for George, Elector of Hanover. This ‘George’ became George I, King of England. So Handel became the official composer for the King.

A bizarre incident in 1704 might have seen Handel’s composing career cut tragically short after a set-to with fellow composer Johann Mattheson. For reasons apparently unknown, the two had a fierce quarrel in which Mattheson almost killed Handel with his sword, which fortunately struck a button on Handel’s chest rather than the chest itself.

Mary-Hollis Hundley, soprano

Mary-Hollis Hundley, soprano, recently won first place in the Brava! James M. Collier Vocal Competition and received an Encouragement Award from the Wagner Society of New York. She has received awards from the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, George London Foundation, Gerda Lissner Young Artist Institute, the Richard Gadded Fund at the Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, and Sarasota Opera Guild.

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Ann McMahon Quintero, mezzo-soprano

A true singing actor, Ann McMahon Quintero has never known a life without an audience to entertain. From her early days as a an instrumentalist, chorister and dancer, she has evolved into a mezzo-soprano who enjoys a career on the operatic and concert stage where her rich voice has been praised the Baltimore Sun for her "fully nuanced" portrayals of characters ranging from Verdi's Amneris, Azucena and Mistress Quickly to the Old Lady In Candide.

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Alex Richardson, baritone

Originally from Las Cruces, New Mexico, Mr. Richardson holds degrees from the University of Colorado at Boulder and Manhattan School of Music. He participated in young artist programs at Central City Opera, The Santa Fe Opera (two seasons), and Tanglewood Music Center under the direction of James Levine (two seasons).

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Evan Bravos, baritone

Greek-American Baritone Evan Bravos has been praised for his strong singing and acting and marked as “a young talent to watch” by the Chicago Tribune. He has received international acclaim for his expressivity, standout stage presence and artful interpretations of opera, oratorio and art song repertoire.

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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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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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Program Notes

Throughout most of the 1730s, George Frideric Handel was London’s most prominent and successful musician. Renowned for his string of hit Italian operas, he enjoyed royal patronage and public acclaim. By the end of the decade, however, the popularity of Italian opera in…

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