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Romantic Legacies

Sunday, Mar 20, 2022 / 4:00 pm

We are thrilled to bring to life Giuseppe Verdi’s dramatic and romantic Overture to La Forza del Destino; followed by the extraordinary Symphony No. 1 by Florence Beatrice Price, the first female African-American to be recognized as a symphonic composer, and the first to have a composition played by a major orchestra. For the finale, acclaimed cellist Mark Kosower performs Antonín Dvořák’s magnificent Cello Concerto in B Minor, op.104.

The Santa Fe Symphony Orchestra
Guillermo Figueroa, Principal Conductor



Overture to La Forza del Destino


Symphony No. 1 in E Minor

Allegro ma non troppo

Largo, maestoso

Juba Dance



Cello Concerto in B Minor, op.104


Adagio, ma non troppo

Finale: Allegro moderato — Andante — Allegro vivo

Mark Kosower, Cello

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Sunday, Mar 20, 2022 / 4:00 pm


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Most of Florence Price’s 300 works, including symphonies, concertos and a large number of choral pieces remain unpublished, and while some of her works have been recorded, Price’s music is only now being discovered by audiences.

Among all cello concertos, Dvořák’s has been called “supreme, “the greatest” and the “king.” It has been recorded by nearly every well-known cellist, including Yo-Yo Ma, who recorded it three times; Mstislav Rostropovich, who made four recordings; Pablo Casals, Emanuel Feuermann and Jacqueline du Pré.

Mark Kosower, Cello

A modern player with a “signature sound” and distinctive style of playing, cellist Mark Kosower embodies the concept of the complete musician performing as concerto soloist with symphony orchestras.

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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 and 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

Florence 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....…

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