Sunday, April 21, 2024
4:00 PM—The Lensic
From $25

In Celebration of Earth Day, Oceana presents Native American composer Jerod Tate’s Chokfi’ (Rabbit)—Sarcasm for String Orchestra and Percussion, Handel’s Water Music, and Tchaikovsky’s Variations on a Rococo Theme, introducing cellist Gabriel Martins, 2020 Sphinx Competition First Prize winner. Rounding out the program is Stella Sung’s Oceana featuring compelling multimedia visuals by filmmaker Annie Crowley.

The Santa Fe Symphony Orchestra
Guillermo Figueroa, Music Director
Gabriel Martins, Cello


Water Music Suite in D Major

Chokfi’ (Rabbit) — Sarcasm for String Orchestra and Percussion

Variations on a Rococo Theme
    Gabriel Martins, Cello


Tickets start as low as $25. Contact The Symphony Box Office today at 505.983.1414. Half-priced tickets for children 6 to 14 years of age can also be purchased by phone. Join us for a FREE 30-minute preview talk about the performance presented from The Lensic stage by Maestro Guillermo Figueroa at 3:00 PM.


The Lensic
211 W San Francisco St.
Santa Fe, NM 87501

Of Note

  • Tchaikovsky’s Variations on a Rococo Theme is seldom performed in its original version. Cellist and composer Wilhelm Fitzenhagen, who commissioned the piece, altered it significantly: removing one variation, changing the order, and rewriting some of the cello part. One of Fitzenhagen’s students wrote that when he visited Tchaikovksy, “I found him very upset, looking as though he was ill. When I asked: ‘What’s the matter with you?’ Pyotr Ilyich, pointing to the writing desk, said: ‘Fitzenhagen’s been here. Look what he’s done with my composition—everything’s been changed!’ When I asked what action he was going to take… Pyotr Ilyich replied: ‘The Devil take it! Let it stand as it is!’ ”
  • Chokfi’ is the Chickasaw word for rabbit, an important symbol in Southeast American Indian cultures. The Rabbit Trickster is generally a lighthearted character featured in many children’s stories, according to the nonprofit group Native Languages of the Americas. However, like most tricksters, he is prone to humorously inappropriate behavior, particularly gluttony, carelessness, and an overinflated ego.
  • Stella Sung wrote Oceana to draw attention to the ocean’s ecosystems, and their importance to both marine and human life. The piece incorporates a variety of sounds, including whales, dolphins, and seals. The work is accompanied by images filmed by Annie Crawley, who specializes in underwater photography.

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Guillermo Figueroa, Music Director

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.


Gabriel Martins, Cello

Gabriel Martins has established himself as one of the world’s most compelling young musicians. His artistry has already been recognized through an extensive list of accolades including the Concert Artists Guild/Young Classical Artists Trust Grand Prize, 2021 Sphinx Competition Gold Medal, David Popper International Cello Competition Gold Medal, International Tchaikovsky Competition for Young Musicians Silver Medal, Schadt String Competition Gold Medal, Orford Music Award, and the Prague Spring Czech Music Fund Prize.