We are thrilled to bring to life 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; followed by Giuseppe Verdi’s dramatic and romantic Overture to La Forza del Destino. 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
Symphony No. 1 in E Minor
La Forza del Destino
Cello Concerto in B Minor, op.104
Mark Kosower, Cello
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.
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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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....…