The Tchaikovsky Festival kicks off with the vibrant Polonaise from one of the composer’s most famous operas. Then, Olga Kern in the dramatic and intense Piano Concerto No. 1. The first festival concert ends with a musical excursion through the forces of fate, with blazing brass, bassoons, and sumptuous strings in Symphony No. 4.
Tchaikovsky Ballet Selections
Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 5
From the gracefulness of some of the most beloved movements from Tchaikovsky’s Ballets to the fate-infused Symphony No. 5 full of passion and intensity, enjoy an afternoon of sublime themes and orchestral sound with your New Mexico Philharmonic.
The Olga Kern International Piano Competition (OKIPC) provides New Mexico Philharmonic audiences the opportunity to see developing world-class pianists at the beginning of their professional careers. The finalists and winners of the Competition will go on to long and acclaimed careers performing before diverse audiences on every continent, and New Mexico Philharmonic audiences will always remember that their careers began here. The Competition takes place every three years in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and is open to pianists 18 to 32 years old.
A master of the bandoneón, Argentinian-born Richard Scofano is the descendant of three generations of bandoneónists who grew up in the center of the folk traditions and culture of Northeast Argentina in a home constantly filled with musicians and singers. His performance of Piazzolla as well as his own La Tierra Sin Mal will leave you astonished! The program also includes Ginastera’s Four Dances from Estancia and the dynamic, unforgettable Las noches de los mayas by Mexican composer Silvestre Revueltas.
The greatest music of the silver screen comes alive as the New Mexico Philharmonic goes to the movies! Larger than life—this is the soundtrack of movie favorites! Gladiator, Apollo 13, Mission Impossible, The Magnificent Seven, and more. Enjoy these favorites and many more Hollywood hits in an amazing night of musical movie magic! Music Director Roberto Minczuk conducts.
Love, seduction, death, and survival are all encompassed in Richard Strauss’s tone poem Don Juan. This musical tour de force leaves the narrative of the classic story to the listener and features amazing musicians from the New Mexico Philharmonic in some of the most beautiful orchestral solos ever written. Then, the romantic Ballade written by Samuel Coleridge-Taylor, a British composer known for his rich orchestral works and brilliant instrumental writing. The concert concludes with the shimmering music evocative of the legend of Scheherazade, the wife who fended off her certain death by telling amazing stories for a thousand and one nights.
Beethoven’s almost 200-year-old Symphony No. 9 in d minor remains an astonishing landmark in the history of music as perhaps the greatest, best loved, and most well-known classical work of all time. The concert starts with a work co-comissioned by the NMPhil, in conjunction with the Seattle Symphony Orchestra, by contemporary Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Ellen Reid.
It's a night of Nouveau Flamenco! The New Mexico Philharmonic, welcomes New Mexico’s own “million-fingered” guitar virtuoso! Experience a flamenco-driven fusion of styles and genres in an amazing evening of music. With 38 Gold and Platinum Records, the music of Ottmar Liebert will wrap you in rhythm all night!
Romanian cellist Andrei Ioniță, winner of the 2015 International Tchaikovsky Competition, is soloist in Dvořák’s sublime and passionate Cello Concerto. Then, it’s Maurice Ravel’s joyful and impassioned Suites from Daphnis et Chloé, a visceral experience through the rich sound tapestry of what Ravel called a “choreographic symphony.”
Phil Collins’s one-of-a-kind drum work and songwriting have left an enduring mark on music. With the megaband Genesis and his numerous solo hits, Phil Collins—along with bandmates Tony Banks and Mike Rutherford—penned unforgettable hits that changed the landscape of rock and pop music. This symphonic tribute features two vocalists and the set list includes hits such as “Follow You Follow Me,” “Abacab,” “I Missed Again,” “Turn It on Again,” “Sussudio,” “One More Night,” “Take Me Home,” “Two Hearts,” and the iconic “In the Air Tonight.” Stuart Chafetz conducts.
Violin virtuoso Jennifer Frautschi is soloist in Mozart’s Violin Concerto No. 5, one of the most loved violin concertos in the repertoire and nicknamed “Turkish.” Then, from gallantry to misfortune—austerity to intricacy—misery to serenity, experience the many ways that massive chunks of sound transform in Gustav Mahler’s exceptional Symphony No. 1. Hear and see your NMPhil play “The Titan” in all of its glory!