Event Description

The Symphony Orchestra will share the stage with brilliant violinist Jinjoo Cho, recent winner of the Gold Medal at the International Violin Competition of Indianapolis. Her technical talents will be shown to perfection in Glazunov’s infamously challenging Violin Concerto, once again led by The Symphony’s new Principal Conductor Guillermo Figueroa. Another Romantic-era piece with a reaching scope will conclude the evening, Mahler’s Fifth Symphony, a majestic and transformational work.

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Concert Notes

SUNDAY, MARCH 19, 2017, AT 4:00 PM

Violin Concerto
Alexander Glazunov

Alexander Glazunov is one of those composers who have virtually disappeared in the sharp division between nineteenth- and twentieth-century music. As a young man, Glazunov was friends with Borodin, Balakirev, and Tchaikovsky, he studied with Rimsky-Korsakov, and he was taken to meet Liszt in Weimar. He became director of the St. Petersburg Conservatory in 1905 and lived well into the twentieth century, struggling to maintain standards at the Conservatory during the strange new era of communist rule. If Glazunov’s world was transformed politically during his lifetime, it was turned on its head musically. Glazunov had achieved an international reputation as a young composer, but his nineteenth-century idiom was regarded as hopelessly conservative by Prokofiev, Shostakovich, and other young Russian composers, and he found himself almost irrelevant in the strange new century. On a long tour of Western Europe, he took an apartment in Paris in 1928 and never returned to Russia. He was virtually forgotten at the time of his death in 1936, though in 1972 his remains were exhumed and returned to Russia, where they were buried with honor.

Symphony No. 5
Gustav Mahler

In the summer of 1901 Mahler retreated to the new chalet he had built at Maiernigg, on the southern shore of the Wörthersee in central Austria. At age forty-one, he was ready for new directions, and now, looking out over that sunny lake, he turned away from the manner of his first four symphonies, which had been inspired by the Wunderhorn folk-legends and based on the music of his own songs. That summer Mahler composed a single movement, a huge symphonic scherzo, and he himself seemed stunned by what he had created. To a friend he wrote that this was music of “unparalleled strength” showing “man in the full light of day who has reached the summit of his existence.” He went on to describe it as “totally unlike anything I have written before . . . Each note in it is profoundly alive, and the whole thing spins like a whirlwind or a comet’s tail.” Yet this movement was not part of a preconceived symphonic plan, and Mahler faced the task of creating a symphony that incorporated this movement.

Violinist Jinjoo Cho Gold Medalist at the International Violin Competition of Indianapolis

Critically acclaimed violinist Jinjoo Cho has established herself as one of the most vibrant, engaging, and charismatic violinists of her generation. Read more!

& Musicians

Principal Conductor

Guillermo Figueroa


Jinjoo Cho


The Santa Fe Symphony Orchestra

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