Event Description

The Symphony welcomes virtuosic violinist Alexi Kenney to The Lensic’s stage once more. Showing his incredible technical range, Kenney will perform not only Haydn’s heroic Violin Concerto in C Major but also Dvorák’s Romance in F Minor, a brief work that ranges from delicate to passionate. Also in F minor, Shostakovich’s First Symphony remains witty and fresh to this day, despite the composer’s youth at its completion. Rounding out the performance will be Berlioz’s swashbuckling concert overture Le Corsaire.

DVORAK Romance for Violin & Orchestra featuring Alexi Kenney, Violin
BERLIOZ  Overture: Le corsaire, op.21
Concerto for Violin in C Major
SHOSTAKOVICH Symphony No. 1, op.10


One week later, Alexi Kenney takes center stage for a special performance with piano accompaniment by Renana Gutman at our first Concert Recital of the new year taking place on Sunday, October 22, at 4:00 pm. Learn more!


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Alexi Kenney Recipient of a 2016 Avery Fisher Career Grant

The recipient of a 2016 Avery Fisher Career Grant, violinist Alexi Kenney has been praised by the New York Times for “immediately drawing listeners in with his beautifully phrased and delicate playing.” His win at the 2013 CAG Victor Elmaleh Competition at the age of nineteen led to a critically acclaimed debut recital at Carnegie Weill Hall. Read more…


Guillermo Figueroa Principal Conductor

Maestro leads us into our thirty-fourth year of bringing great music to Santa Fe in his first full season as Principal Conductor for The Santa Fe Symphony Orchestra & Chorus. 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. Additionally, he was the Music Director of both the New Mexico Symphony and the Puerto Rico Symphony. With this last orchestra, he performed to critical acclaim at Carnegie Hall in 2003, the Kennedy Center in 2004, and Spain in 2005. Learn more …

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Principal Conductor

Guillermo Figueroa


Alexi Kenney

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Concert Recital

One week after Alexi Kenney performs with the full Symphony Orchestra on October 15, don’t miss Alexi as he takes center stage for a very special performance with piano accompaniment by Renana Gutman. Learn more!

Concert Recital: Alexi Kenney

This October, Avery Fisher Career Grant–winning violinist Alexi Kenney returns to The Lensic for this season’s first concert recital. His selections range from the long-beloved E Major Partita by Bach—a technical showstopper for solo violin—to rarer works like Crumb’s Four Nocturnes, a delicate and birdlike meditation, featuring the subtle integration of many of Crumb’s inspired extended techniques, like having the soloist tap the violin as a percussive element. Kenney’s program also features more traditionally emotive works: Schubert’s Fantasy in C Major sets one of the composer’s most romantic art songs for solo violin and piano.