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Season Finale

Sunday, May 15, 2022 / 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! 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. The Unanswered Question by American composer Charles Ives and Brahms’s monumental Second Symphony bring our Season Finale to a rousing close. 

The Santa Fe Symphony Orchestra
Guillermo Figueroa, Principal Conductor

PROGRAM

FELIX MENDELSSOHN

Violin Concerto in E Minor, op.64

Rubén Rengel, Violin

CHARLES IVES

The Unanswered Question

JOHANNES BRAHMS

Symphony No. 2 in D Major, op.73


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Sunday, May 15, 2022 / 4:00 pm

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Date:
May 15, 2022
Time:
4:00 pm
Cost:
$22
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Venue

The Lensic
211 W. San Francisco Street
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Parking

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

Charles Ives’ conceived The Unanswered Question on three separate musical planes. It is written to be 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.

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

Brahms was haunted by the example of Beethoven’s nine symphonies. He worked on his First Symphony for nearly 20 years before he was ready to take it before audiences, and he conducted the work 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.

Rubén Rengel, Violin

Venezuelan violinist Rubén Rengel is quickly gaining recognition as one of the most gifted emerging concert violinists, continuously captivating audiences with a rich, singing tone and charismatic virtuosity.

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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

We do not normally think of Mendelssohn as an innovator, but his Violin Concerto is as remarkable for its originality as for its endless beauty. So over-familiar has this music become that it is easy to miss its many innovations.…

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