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Season Finale

Sunday, May 16, 2021 / 4:00 pm
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Our 37th Season is brought to a spectacular close with a program that will keep you on the edge of your seat! The Unanswered Question by American composer Charles Ives sets a lovely warm tone for a piece that is the cornerstone of solo cello repertoire, Sir Edward Elgar’s intimate Cello Concerto in E Minor. Performing this highly-concentrated work is Zlatomir Fung, Gold Medalist of the XVI International Tchaikovsky Competition and the the first U.S. cellist, in over four decades, to win the top prize in the cello division at the International Tchaikovsky Competition. Bringing our Season Finale to a rousing close is Brahms’s monumental Second Symphony.

The Santa Fe Symphony Orchestra
Guillermo Figueroa, principal conductor
Zlatomir Fung, cello


The Unanswered Question


Cello Concerto in E Minor, op.85
Zlatomir Fung, cello


Symphony No. 2 in D Major, op.73


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Sunday, May 16, 2021 / 4:00 pm


May 16, 2021
4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
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Of Note

In 1906, the 32-year-old Ives sketched out a piece he called The Unanswered Question. This is visionary music. Ives conceived it on three separate musical planes–it is performed by three different groups of instruments that are separated physically, play entirely different music, and seem at first to have nothing to do with each other.

Legend has it that at age four, the late cellist Jacqueline du Prédu Pré heard a cello on the radio and asked her mother for one. She won the Gold Medal of the Guildhall School of Music and Drama at 15. In 1961, she made her formal debut at the age of 16 at London’s Wigmore Hall. The next year was her debut at the Royal Festival Hall playing the Elgar Cello Concerto with the BBC Symphony Orchestra.

Brahms was haunted by the example of Beethoven’s nine symphonies. He worked on his own First Symphony for nearly twenty years before he was ready to take it before audiences. Brahms himself conducted the his first symphony throughout Europe. With the stress of that tour behind him, he spent the summer of 1877 writing  another symphony. Brahms’ First Symphony may have taken two decades, but his Second was done in four months.

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 21-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

Elgar completed his Cello Concerto in1919 at a time of great personal distress brought on by his wife’s illness and by the impact of World War I. His Cello Concerto is a work of great beauty and great contradiction. Some of these contradictions rise from the sharp differences of style within the mus…

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