Rescheduled / Romeo & Juliet
Selections from Prokofiev’s Romeo & Juliet Suites—from capricious and playful to powerful and intense. *Postponed from March 21, 2020, rescheduled for October 31, 2020.
Canceled / Only Olga: Piano Supreme
We unfortunately had to cancel this concert because Olga Kern is not available on this date. However, Olga will perform on the first Popejoy Hall Classics concert of next season. Ticket holders can donate their tickets by calling 505-925-5858, option 2, and leaving a voicemail or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org by May 25, 2020. After this date, all tickets that were not donated will be refunded.
Postponed / Song Plays Shostakovich
Elgar & Mahler 7
Romanian cellist Andrei Ioniță, winner of the 2015 International Tchaikovsky Competition is soloist in Elgar’s seminal and passionate Cello Concerto. Then, it’s Mahler’s Symphony No. 7—an epic work that helped reinvent the orchestra. With innovative orchestration (including a guitar and mandolin) and using standard instruments in very different ways, Mahler 7 is a soundscape of unique genius. Pre-concert Talk with KHFM’s Brent Stevens.
Mozart & Beyond
Begin with one of Mozart’s most loved overtures, Overture to The Marriage of Figaro. Then, fingers will fly as guitar great Jason Vieaux is front and center for Jonathan Leshnoff’s tuneful, vividly rhythmic Guitar Concerto followed by Vivaldi’s Guitar Concerto in D Major, RV 93. The night concludes with two of Mozart’s wondrous short symphonies: No. 25—his first “tragic” symphony, and No. 35—the “Haffner”—with its exhilarating last movement often compared to the overture that begins this magnificent night of music.
Magical Mendelssohn. Beautiful Brahms.
Elf-King Oberon comes to the rescue in Weber’s magical Overture to Oberon. There’s more magic ahead, as the NMPhil welcomes 2018 Quadrennial International Violin Competition of Indianapolis First-Prize Winner, Richard Lin, as soloist in Mendelssohn’s shimmering Violin Concerto. Finally, Brahms’s surprising Symphony No. 4 transforms Renaissance and Baroque beauty into sonic splendor. Pre-concert Talk with KHFM’s Brent Stevens.
Tchaikovsky Times Two
Fresh from his Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival debut this summer, Lincoln Center Emerging Artist award winner Paul Huang is soloist, as the NMPhil begins the 2019/20 Popejoy Classics season with Tchaikovsky’s thrilling Violin Concerto. Then, sit back and savor Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 4—a musical excursion through the forces of fate, with blazing brass, bassoons, and sumptuous strings. Pre-concert Talk with KHFM’s Brent Stevens.
Vivaldi: The Seasons
The remarkable violinist Rachel Barton Pine is soloist with your NMPhil for our Classics season finale! Celebrate spring (and the other three seasons) with Vivaldi’s most celebrated and recognizable work, The Four Seasons, written almost 300 years ago. Pre-concert Talk with KHFM’s Brent Stevens.
Verdi Requiem: Benefit Concert
With solemnity only matched by emotional power and sonic brilliance, Giuseppe Verdi’s Requiem stands above other such works by equally great composers. Experience the explosive orchestral and vocal grandeur! NMPhil Music Director Roberto Minczuk conducts the New Mexico Symphonic Chorus and the New Mexico Philharmonic in Verdi’s greatest masterwork. Pre-concert Talk with KHFM’s Brent Stevens.
Olga Kern: Rachmaninoff 3
Enescu’s charming Romanian Rhapsody No. 2 begins this magnificent night of music. Next, a world premiere celebrating the life and music of Leonard Bernstein by young Albuquerque composer Colin Martin. Then, superstar pianist Olga Kern plays one of music’s most unforgettable works—Rachmaninoff’s gorgeous and technically daunting Piano Concerto No. 3. Pre-concert Talk with KHFM’s Brent Stevens.