Bach on Stage

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Bach on Stage

Sunday, Jun 20, 2021 / 4:00 pm

Spring Virtual Concert Series
Lensic Performing Arts Center

The Santa Fe Symphony is thrilled to return home to the historic Lensic Performing Arts Center—home to our live classical performances—for a royal season finale featuring a chamber orchestra presentation of works by masters Bach, Haydn, Tchaikovsky, Philip Glass, and more. Filmed in high definition on The Lensic stage, this spectacular virtual season finale is not to be missed!

Santa Fe’s 90-year-old Lensic Performing Arts Center hosts more than 200 world-class events each year, including music, theater, dance, comedy, lectures, films, literary discussions, and broadcasts of the Metropolitan Opera and London’s National Theatre. Its arts education programs, from free matinees to technical theater internships, serve more than 16,000 students each year. The theater’s current Lensic Online series brings virtual programming to audiences worldwide. Program details coming soon!

Many thanks to Spring Virtual Concert Season Underwriters

Special thanks to our Full Concert Underwriter:
Ann Neuberger Aceves

This concert will premiere Sunday, June 20 at 4 pm but will be available to view through July 20.
Subscribers receive access to ALL digital content as it is released! You may also purchase each episode of our 2021 Spring Virtual Concert Series individually on demand—now through June.
Please note that all repertoire, filming locations, musicians, and program dates are subject to change due to COVID-19 restrictions and per the State of New Mexico’s current Public Health Order at the time of filming.

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Sunday, Jun 20, 2021 / 4:00 pm


June 20
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm




Of Note

Due to the works’ technical demands and the non-annotated nature of the surviving copies, Bach’s cello suites were little known and rarely performed until they were revived and recorded by Pablo Casals in the early 20th century. Now considered some of Bach’s greatest musical achievements, the suites have since been performed and recorded by many renowned cellists and have been transcribed for numerous other instruments.

Tchaikovsky’s Serenade for Strings in C Major was an homage to one of his idols–Mozart. The title and structure of the piece is taken from his serenades, although Tchaikovsky put his own stamp on it. The second movement, for example, changes the dance movement (which in Mozart’s time was a minuet) to a more “modern” dance form—the waltz.

Philip Glass’ Piece in the Shape of a Square is as much a visual experience as an auditory one. The composition is designed for two musicians: one standing within a square, and the other outside of the square. The sheet music is placed on multiple stands so that the musicians can continue to play as they move around the square in opposite directions.

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