Pro music orchestra. Photo by Peter Norby
SANTA FE – David Felberg conducts the Pro Musica Orchestra in a concert by Mozart and Mendelssohn, along with the live premiere of The History of Red, 7 p.m. Saturday 29 January and 3 p.m. Sunday 30 January at The Lensic.
The History of Red is a joint project of the soprano Kathryn Mueller under the direction of Santa Fe Pro Musica and among them the River Oaks Chamber Orchestra (Houston), Orlando Philharmonic (Florida) and The Knights (New York City).
It contains music by Reena Esmail about a text by the Chickasaw poet Linda Hogan and investigates the association with the color red Life, death and the will to survive. “Red is probably the most exciting of all colors and stands for different extremes. From prehistoric cave paintings to modern medicine, the vibrant hue has it a significant story in the existence of mankind ”(Lawrence Elizabeth Knox, Houston Chronicle, 2021).
Read more about the piece on composer Reena Esmail’s website.
Santa Fe Pro Musica presents pianist Anne-Marie McDermott with Mozarts Concerto in B flat major for piano and orchestra KV 450 and the Pro Musica Orchestra Performances of The History of Red as part of the Women of Distinction Initiative.
WHAT: Winter orchestra concert
Santa Fe Pro music orchestra
David Felberg, conductor
Anne-Marie McDermott, piano
Kathryn Müller, soprano
IF: 7 p.m. Saturday, January 29th
3 p.m. Sunday January 30th
WHERE: Lensic Performing Arts Center
211 W. San Francisco, Santa Fe, NM 87501
REENA ESMAIL PROGRAM The story of Red
MOZART Concerto in B flat major for piano and orchestra KV 450
MENDELSSOHN Symphony No. 4 in A major, Op. 90, “Italian”
TICKETS $ 20- $ 85
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About the pianist and Artistic Director of Pro Musica Anne-Marie McDermott:
McDermott is an accomplished artist who balances an eclectic career as a performer Artist and art administrator. She gives over 100 concerts a year at music festivals (Santa Fe, Mostly Mozart, La Jolla, Caramoor, Aspen, others), chamber music series (Lincoln Center, others) and is performed in concerts with most of the major American orchestras. She is the artistic one 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 (Curacao). She graduated from the Manhattan School of Music and was the winner of both the Young Concert Artists and Avery Fisher Career Grant competitions.
About the composer Reena Esmail:
Esmail is an Indian-American composer who weaves together the worlds of Indian and Western classical music. She is currently the Los Angeles Masters Artist-in-residence for Chorale. Other awards and positions are those of the Seattle Symphony Composer-in-Residence, United States Artist Fellow, Kennedy Center Citizen Artist Fellow, and the Hinrichsen Prize of the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Include commissions 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 the Juilliard School, the 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, in recitals, and chamber music Orchestral concerts. He is praised for his “fluid phrases, his rich, focused tone, his rhythmic precision, and precise intonation ”(Santa Fe New Mexican). He is artistic director, co-founder, Violinist, violist and conductor of Chatter (Albuquerque), concertmaster of the Santa Fe Symphony, assistant concertmaster of the New Mexico Philharmonic, and is a member of the Santa Fe Pro Musica Orchestra and Baroque Ensemble. Felberg, a native of Albuquerque, received a Bachelor of Arts in History (University of Arizona) and a Master of Music in Conducting (University of New Mexico).
About the poet and writer Linda Hogan:
Hogan (Chickasaw) is the author of poetry, fiction and essays relating to the environment and Indigenous problems. She was previously at the University of’s Institute for American Indian Arts Colorado and was the writer-in-residence for the Chickasaw Nation. She was a finalist for the Pulitzer 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’s Scholarships Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Guggenheim Foundation. she is honored in the Chickasaw Nation Hall of Fame and currently resides in Colorado.
About the soprano Kathryn Mueller:
Recognized for her “beautiful tone and easy agility” (San Francisco Classical Voice) has Mueller three GRAMMY nominations and appearances 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 Soloists (San Francisco), Portland Baroque Orchestra and Symphony Orchestra in the US She is a longtime Collaboration with Santa Fe Pro Musica, with many appearances for our Baroque Christmas and Holy Week concerts in the Loretto Chapel. She is the initiator of Pro Musica’s The History of Red Project.
Via the Women of Distinction initiative
Santa Fe Pro Musica have been co-founders since 1980 Thomas O’Connor and Carol Redman have presented the informally but consistently Works by women composers, initially through their organization The Ensemble of Santa Fe and then later through his reincarnation as Santa Fe Pro Musica. In 2013 Pro Musica initiated his “Women Composers Project” and formalized its efforts to bring women composers into the Mainstream classical music programs. In 2018 Pro Musica expanded this program female conductors, and with generous underwriting from Sallie Bingham has this become our “Women of Distinction Initiative”. So far, Pro Musica has presented 54 concerts Programs that presented 43 works by women composers and brought in eight women Head to the lens.