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In Honor of Memorial Day

Wednesday, May 26, 2021 / 7:00 pm


The Santa Fe Symphony Chamber Ensemble—featuring some of your favorite musicians from the Orchestra—plus over 80 choristers from The Symphony Chorus unite to honor the lives of those who served at the Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi. Led by Choral Director Carmen Florez-Mansi, this inspirational and comforting program is FREE for the entire family. No tickets are required. All ages welcome. Just pay what you wish! Doors open at 6:15 pm

The Symphony Chamber Ensemble
The Symphony Chorus
Carmen Flórez-Mansi, Choral Director

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Wednesday, May 26, 2021
7:00 pm—8:30 pm
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Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi
131 Cathedral Pl.


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

Vaughan Williams composed The Lark Ascending in 1914, in the early days of World War I, when a pastoral scene of a singing bird on the wing seemed far removed from reality.

The war so occupied public attention that the premiere of The Lark Ascending was delayed seven years, until the violinist Marie Hall, for whom the piece had been written, gave the first performance of the orchestral version.

A direct contemporary of Bach and Handel, Rameau was perhaps the most eminent French musician of his day. His considerable body of works ranges from very short exercises for keyboard to full-blown operas such as Castor and Pollux. For their day, many of these works were rather progressive, for which Rameau evidently drew the criticism that has always been leveled at composers who pushed the envelope.

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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