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Season Opener

Sunday, Sep 13, 2020 / 4:00 pm
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We kick off our exciting 37th Season with a powerful program featuring brilliant works by Mendelssohn, Dvořák, Christopher Theofanidis, and Rimsky-Korsakov. Recipient of a Borletti-Buitoni Trust Award and an Avery Fisher Career Grant, violinist Alexi Kenney was named “a talent to watch” by The New York Times. He has earned wide-spread acclaim across the globe and returns once again to Santa Fe this fall to join the full Symphony Orchestra for Dvořák’s ravishingly romantic Violin Concerto.

The Santa Fe Symphony Orchestra
Guillermo Figueroa, principal conductor
Alexi Kenney, violin

Felix Mendelssohn

Overture to A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Antonin Dvořák

Violin Concerto in A Minor, op.53,

Christopher Theofanidis

Rainbow Body

Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov

Capriccio espagnol, op.34


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September 13
4:00 pm


The Lensic
211 W. San Francisco Street
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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

Between the ages of 12 and 14, Mendelssohn wrote 12 string symphonies influenced by Bach, Beethoven and Mozart. His first published work, a piano quartet, was written by the time he was 13. At 15 he composed his first symphony.

Christopher Theofanidis orchestral work, Rainbow Body, has been one of the most performed new orchestral works of the new millennium, having been performed by over 150 orchestras internationally.

It was Brahms who introduced Dvořák to violinist-composer-conductor Joseph Joachim, who encouraged Dvořák to write the very violin concerto we are presenting for our opener. Joachim gave the premiere of Brahms’s violin concerto on the first day of 1879, shortly before Dvořák started to compose his.

Alexi Kenney, violin

The recipient of a 2016 Avery Fisher Career Grant and a 2020 Borletti-Buitoni Trust Award, violinist Alexi Kenney has been named "a talent to watch" by The New York Times, which also noted his "architect's eye for structure and space and a tone that ranges from the achingly fragile to full-bodied robustness.” Born in Palo Alto, CA, Alexi is a graduate of the New England Conservatory in Boston, where he received his Artist Diploma and BM.

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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

One of the Mendelssohn family’s recreations was reading Shakespeare’s plays together in the recent Schlegel-Tieck translation into German. Each member of the family would take different parts as they read, and Fanny Me…

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