Romantic Legacies

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Romantic Legacies

Sunday, Mar 20, 2022 / 4:00 pm
from $22

We are thrilled to bring to life the extraordinary Symphony No. 1. by Florence Beatrice Price, the first female African-American woman to be recognized as a symphonic composer, and the first to have a composition played by a major orchestra. Next, performing a cornerstone of the solo cello repertoire, Sir Edward Elgar’s intimate Cello Concerto in E Minor, is Zlatomir Fung, Gold Medalist of the XVI International Tchaikovsky Competition and the first U.S. cellist in over four decades to win the top prize in the cello division at the International Tchaikovsky Competition. For the 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




Symphony No. 1 in E Minor


Cello Concerto in E Minor, op.85

Zlatomir Fung, Cello


La Forza del Destino



Tickets for this event will go on sale July 6 at 10am.


March 20, 2022
4:00 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Most of Florence Price’s 300 works, including symphonies, concertos and a large number of choral pieces remain unpublished, and while some of her works have been recorded, Price’s music is only now being discovered by audiences.

Many people consider the late Jacqueline du Pré to be not only the greatest cellist of her generation, but the finest interpreter of Elgar’s Cello Concerto. Her four versions of the piece are her most popular recordings, including one with the London Symphony Orchestra that brought her international fame and became a benchmark for the work. du Pré’s career was tragically cut short when she developed multiple sclerosis at the age of 28.

Zlatomir Fung, cello

The first American in four decades and youngest musician ever to win First Prize at the International Tchaikovsky Competition Cello Division, Zlatomir Fung is poised to become one of the preeminent cellists of our time. Astounding audiences with his boundless virtuosity and exquisite sensitivity, the 22-year-old has already proven himself to be a star among the next generation of world-class musicians.

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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

Price composed her Symphony No. 1 in E Minor in 1931-32 while recovering from a broken foot. That misfortune turned out to be a blessing in disguise, because it gave her time to work. To a friend she wrote: “I found it possible to snatch a few precious days in the month of January in which to write.…

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