Romantic Legacies

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Romantic Legacies

Sunday, Mar 21, 2021 / 4:00 pm
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We are thrilled to bring to life the extraordinary Symphony No. 1. by Florence Beatrice Price, the first female African American the first African-American woman to be recognized as a symphonic composer, and the first to have a composition played by a major orchestra. Winner of the Robert Frederick Smith Prize at the 2018 Sphinx Competition, Rubén Rengel joins the full Orchestra for Mendelssohn’s brilliant Violin Concerto in E Minor as part of a new three year collaboration with the Sphinx Organization, the Detroit-based national organization dedicated to transforming lives through the power of diversity in the arts. In finale, be swept away by Giuseppe Verdi’s dramatic and romantic Overture to La Forza del Destino.

The Santa Fe Symphony Orchestra
Guillermo Figueroa, principal conductor


Florence Beatrice Price

Symphony No. 1 in E Minor

Felix Mendelssohn

Violin Concerto in E Minor, op.64
Rubén Rengel, violin

Giuseppe Verdi

Overture to La Forza del Destino


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Sunday, Mar 21, 2021 / 4:00 pm


March 21, 2021
4:00 pm - 6:00 pm


The Lensic
211 W. San Francisco Street


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

Verdi wrote a dark and dramatic overture, which he called Sinfonia in the score, in 1869 for the revised version of the opera Overture to La Forza del Destino.

Most of Florence Price’s 300 works, including symphonies, concertos, and a large number of choral pieces remain unpublished, and while some of her works have been recorded, Price’s music is only now being discovered by audiences.

Mendelssohn hated applause between movements, and he tried to guard against it here by tying the first two movements together with a single bassoon note (this has not always stopped audiences, however).

Rubén Rengel, violin

We are honored to present Rubén Rengel as part of a three year collaboration with the Sphinx Organization. Praised as a “excellent soloist” of “great virtuosity” (NY Concert Review), Rubén is quickly gaining recognition as a remarkably gifted artist. He was the winner of the Robert F. Smith Prize at the 2018 Sphinx Competition, the 2014 Cleveland Institute of Music Concerto Competition, recipient of the 2019 Sallie Shepherd Perkins Prize, and more.

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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

“I would like to write you a violin concerto for next winter. One in E minor keeps running through my head, and the opening gives me no peace.” So wrote Mendelssohn to his lifelong friend, violinist Ferdinand David, in 1838, and that opening has given millions of music-lovers no peace ever since ...…

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