Holst’s Planets

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Holst’s Planets

Sunday, Feb 14, 2021 / 4:00 pm
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Join The Symphony on Valentine’s Day for an interplanetary musical encounter featuring Gustav Holst’s magnificent, seven-movement orchestral suite, The Planets. Opening the doorway to this outer world experience is the ethereal blue cathedral by acclaimed female 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.

The Santa Fe Symphony
Guillermo Figueroa, conductor

Jennifer Higdon

blue cathedral

Christopher Rouse

Flute Concerto
Jesse Tatum, flute

Gustav Holst

The Planets, op.32

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Sunday, Feb 14, 2021 / 4:00 pm


February 14, 2021
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

“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

When Holst began composing The Planets, Holst was convinced that he would never be able to arrange a performance, so rather than feeling constrained by the limits of a normal symphony orchestra, he added many unusual instruments, writing for an ideal orchestra rather than for the one he thought he might have.

Christopher Rouse stated in his Program Note for his Flute Concerto that only isolated, individual tragedies serve to sensitize us to the potential harm man can do to his fellow. He references the abduction and brutal murder of the two-year old English lad 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 and ultimately made the central movement an elegy dedicated to James Bulger’s memory and senseless death.

Jesse Tatum, Flute

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

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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

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 Americawell before the Revolutionary War, I nonetheless still feel a deep ... "…

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