Handel’s Messiah

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Handel’s Messiah

Sunday, Nov 21, 2021 / 4:00 pm

Handel’s Messiah, with its soaring arias, memorable choruses, and hallmark Baroque flourish, is perhaps music’s most enduring message of hope. This annual performance is a Santa Fe tradition and a musical rite of the holiday season.

The Santa Fe Symphony Orchestra & Chorus

Gary Thor Wedow, Guest Conductor
Carmen Flórez-Mansi, Choral Director

Mary-Hollis Hundley, Soprano
Ann McMahon Quintero, Mezzo-Soprano
Alex Richardson, Tenor
Evan Bravos, Baritone

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Sunday, Nov 21, 2021 / 4:00 pm


November 21, 2021
4:00 pm - 5:30 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

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.

Handel was the Kapellmeister (person in charge of music) for George, Elector of Hanover. When the Elector became George I, King of England, Handel became the official composer for the monarchy.

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 clothing and missed his chest.

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 Gaddes 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 by 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, Alex 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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Gary Thor Wedow, Guest Conductor

Conductor Gary Thor Wedow has established an enviable reputation for dramatically exciting and historically informed performances with opera companies, orchestras, festivals and choral organizations throughout North America. Opera News has hailed him for his “hot music making” and “convincingly elegant period style.”

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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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