A Thousand Nights

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A Thousand Nights

Sunday, Sep 11, 2022 / 4:00 pm

The Santa Fe Symphony Orchestra & Chorus kicks off its exciting 39th Season on September 11 at the iconic Lensic Performing Arts Center with A Thousand Nights! Under the baton of multiple Grammy® Award-winning conductor JoAnn Falletta, this spectacular concert opens with the vibrant and energetic D’un matin de printemps by notable French composer Lili Boulanger. Described by The New York Times as “vigorous and colorful,” violin virtuoso Nikki Chooi takes center stage with The Symphony for Ernest Chausson’s lush and evocative Poème for Violin and Orchestra and Maurice Ravel’s Tzigane for Violin and Orchestra. Complementing this brilliant program is and one of the most popular works in orchestral repertoire, Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov’s Scheherazade, based on the Middle Eastern folk tale “One Thousand and One Nights.”

The Santa Fe Symphony Orchestra
JoAnn Falletta, 
Guest Conductor



D’un matin de printemps (Of a Spring Morning)


Poème for Violin and Orchestra, op. 25

Nikki Chooi, Violin


Tzigane for Violin and Orchestra

Nikki Chooi, Violin



1. The Sea and Sinbad’s Ship
2. The Tale of Prince Kalendar
3. The Young Prince and the Princess
4. The Festival at Bagdad; The Sea; The Ship Goes to
    Pieces on a Rock

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Sunday, Sep 11, 2022 / 4:00 pm


Sunday, Sep 11, 2022
4:00 pm
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Of Note

Based on a story from One Thousand and One Nights, the symphonic suite Scheherazade consists of four movements, each inspired by an episode from the book. The composer wrote that he wanted the listener to “carry away the impression that it is…an oriental narrative of numerous and varied fairy-tale wonders and not merely four pieces played one after the other.”

D’un matin de printemps was one of the last pieces composed by Lili Boulanger. She originally wrote it as a duet for violin and piano, finishing the orchestral version shortly before her untimely death at age 35. Her sister, the famed composer and teacher Nadia Boulanger, made some edits and added dynamics to the final piece.

Ernest Chausson’s Poeme might have remained unknown if not for his friend, the composer Isaac Albéniz, who sent the score to a publisher without telling Chausson. The company thought it was “bizarre” and agreed to publish it only after Albéniz said he would cover the cost. It subsequently became the composer’s best-known work.

JoAnn Falletta, Guest Conductor

Multiple Grammy Award-winning conductor JoAnn Falletta serves as Music Director of the Buffalo Philharmonic, and is the Connie and Marc Jacobson Music Director Laureate of the Virginia Symphony, Principal Guest Conductor of the Brevard Music Center, and Artistic Adviser to the Hawaii Symphony. She was recently named one of the “Fifty Great Conductors,” past and present, by Gramophone Magazine, and is hailed for her work as a conductor, recording artist, audience builder and champion of American

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Nikki Chooi, Violin

Praised for his passionate and poetic performances, internationally acclaimed violinist Nikki Chooi has established himself as an artist of rare versatility. Described as “expressive, enchanting, and transcendent,” Nikki has received prizes at the Queen Elizabeth and Tchaikovsky Competitions, and was 1st Prize Winner of the Montreal Symphony's ManuLife Competition, the Klein International Strings Competition and the Michael Hill International Violin Competition. Nikki has received critical accla

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Program Notes

The younger sister of the great teacher Nadia Boulanger, Lili Boulanger was a musician of extraordinary talent. A student of Fauré, Boulanger was the first woman to win the Prix de Rome, but that promise was cut short by perpetually poor health and by an early death: She was only 24 when she died. S…

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