Santa Fe Pro Musica presents a winter orchestral concert
Professional music orchestra. Photo by Peter Norby
SANTA FE – David Felberg conducts the Pro Musica Orchestra in a Mozart concert and Mendelssohn, as well as the live premiere of The History of Red, at 7 p.m. on Saturday, January 29 and 3 p.m. on Sunday, January 30 at the Lensic.
The History of Red is a co-commissioned project initiated by soprano Kathryn Mueller, conducted by Santa Fe Pro Musica, and including the River Oaks Chamber Orchestra (Houston), Orlando Philharmonic (Florida) and The Knights (New York City).
It contains music written by Reena Esmail on a text by the poet Chickasaw Linda Hogan, and explores the association of the color red with life, death and the will to survive. “Undoubtedly the most moving of colors, red is symbolic of various extremes. From prehistoric cave paintings to modern medicine, the vibrant hue has a significant history in the existence of mankind ”(Lawrence Elizabeth Knox, Houston Chronicle, 2021).
Learn more about the piece on composer Reena Esmail’s website.
Santa Fe Pro Musica presents pianist Anne-Marie McDermott, performing Mozart’s Concerto in B flat major for piano and orchestra, K. 450, and the Pro Musica Orchestra performances of The History of Red as part of its Women of Distinction initiative.
WHAT: Winter Orchestra Concert
Santa Fe Pro Musica Orchestra
David Felberg, conductor
Anne-Marie McDermott, piano
Kathryn Mueller, soprano
WHEN: 7 p.m. Saturday 29 January
3 p.m. Sunday, January 30
OR: Lensic Performing Arts Center
211 W. San Francisco, Santa Fe, NM 87501
REENA ESMAIL PROGRAM The history of red
MOZART Concerto in B flat major for piano and orchestra, K. 450
MENDELSSOHN Symphony No.4 in A major, op. 90, “Italian”
TICKETS $ 20 – $ 85
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About Pro Musica pianist and artistic director Anne-Marie McDermott:
McDermott is an accomplished artist who balances a versatile career as a performer, recording artist and arts administrator. She gives more than 100 concerts a year in music festivals (Santa Fe, Mostly Mozart, La Jolla, Caramoor, Aspen, others), chamber music series (Lincoln Center, others), and is presented in concertos with most of the major American orchestras. She is the artist director of the famous Bravo! Vail Music Festival, the Ocean Reef chamber music festival (Florida), the McKnight Chamber Music Festival (Oklahoma) and the Avila Chamber Music Celebration (Curaçao). She studied at the Manhattan School of Music and won both the Young Concert Artists and Avery Fisher Career Grant competitions.
About composer Reena Esmail:
Esmail is an Indo-American composer who weaves Indian and Western classical music worlds. She is currently the Los Angeles Master Choral Artist in Residence. Other awards and positions include the Seattle Symphony Composer in Residence, United States Artist Fellow, Kennedy Center Citizen Artist Fellow, and the Hinrichsen Prize from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Commissions include Kronos Quartet, Imani Winds, Santa Fe Desert Chorale, Conspirare, Chicago Sinfonietta, River Oaks Chamber Orchestra and the Richmond, Albany, Seattle and Baltimore Symphonies. She studied at Juilliard School, Yale School of Music, and received a Fulbright-Nehru scholarship to study Hindustani music in India.
About Guest Conductor David Felberg:
Felberg performs throughout the Southwest as a soloist, recital, chamber music and orchestral concerts. He is praised for his “fluid phrases, his rich and focused sound, his rhythmic precision, and a right intonation ”(Santa Fe New Mexican). He is artistic director, co-founder, violinist, violist and conductor of Chatter (Albuquerque), first violin of Santa Fe Symphony, Associate Principal Violin of the New Mexico Philharmonic, and is a member of the Baroque orchestra and ensemble of Santa Fe Pro Musica. Felberg, originally from Albuquerque, received a Bachelor of Arts in History (University of Arizona) and a Master of Music in Conducting (University of New Mexico).
About poet and writer Linda Hogan:
Hogan (Chickasaw) is a writer of poetry, fiction and essays that illuminate the environment and Indigenous issues. She worked at the Institute for American Indian Arts, University of Colorado, and was the writer in residence of the Chickasaw Nation. She was a Pulitzer finalist Prize, the International Impact Award (Ireland) and the National Book Critics Circle Award. Hogan has won numerous awards including the Thoreau Prize, the Oklahoma Book Award, Mountains and Plains Book Award, Colorado Book Award and Lannan scholarships Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts and the Guggenheim Foundation. She is honored in the Chickasaw Nation Hall of Fame and currently lives in Colorado.
About soprano Kathryn Mueller:
Known for her “charming tone and easy agility” (San Francisco Classical Voice), Mueller has three GRAMMY nominations and performs with Seraphic Fire (Florida), New Trinity Baroque (New York), Santa Fe Desert Chorale, Tucson Chamber Artists, Arizona Opera, Bach Collegium San Diego, Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, American Bach Solists (San Francisco), Portland Baroque Orchestra and Symphony Orchestras across the United States collaborator with Santa Fe Pro Musica, with numerous performances on our baroque Christmas and Holy Week concerts at the Loretto Chapel. She is the initiator of The History of Red by Pro Musica project.
About the Women of Distinction Initiative
Since 1980, the co-founders of Santa Fe Pro Musica Thomas O’Connor and Carol Redman informally but consistently presented the works by women composers, first through their organization L’Ensemble de Santa Fe and then later by his reincarnation as Santa Fe Pro Musica. In 2013, Pro Musica launched its “Women Composers Project” and formalized its efforts to involve women composers programming of classical music for the general public. In 2018, Pro Musica extended this program to women conductors and leaders, and with a generous subscription from Sallie Bingham, this has become our “Women of Distinction Initiative”. To date, Pro Musica has presented 54 concerts programs that presented 43 works by female composers and brought together eight women drivers at Lensic.