ALBUQUERQUE ― For the first concert of its 2016-17 season, the New Mexico Symphonic Chorus will celebrate autumn with beautiful and exuberant music from composers Bartók, Effinger, Pinkham, Ginastera and Thompson in the “Choral Colors – Fall Festival” concert.
The 70-member Chorus is led by Roger Melone at 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 16, at the First United Methodist Church in Albuquerque. Also on the program is a guest chorus, the award-winning Eldorado High School Concert Choir directed by Megan Rader.
“This concert program will bring joy to our audience. The music is wonderful, and so is the talent of our Chorus members,” said Melone, Chorus executive director and music director. “Also, we’re thrilled that the Eldorado High School Concert Choir will be performing both with us and on their own in this special concert.”
Immediately following the concert will be a gala fundraiser for the Chorus at the Artichoke Café. Cost is $95 for a four-course gourmet dinner with wine pairings. Advance reservations are required and may be placed by calling the Chorus office at 505.247.0181.
Concert: Choral Colors – Fall Festival:
- Bartók’s Four Slovak Folk Songs – New Mexico Symphonic Chorus (NMSC)
- Effinger’s Set of Three – NMSC
- Pinkham’s Wedding Cantata – NMSC
- Ginastera’s The Lamentations of Jeremiah – NMSC
- Thompson’s Choose Something Like a Star – NMSC and Eldorado High School Concert Choir
- Selections by Eldorado High Concert Choir
Who: New Mexico Symphonic Chorus, conducted by Roger Melone, with pianist Daniel Cummings Eldorado High School Concert Choir, conducted by Megan Rader, with pianist Mike Boring.
When/Where: Sunday, Oct. 16, 3 p.m.
First United Methodist Church, in downtown Albuquerque with ample, convenient, free parking nearby – 314 Lead Ave. SW (Lead and 4th St.)
Ticket Info: Tickets at $25 for regular and $45 for premium general admission at NMSChorus.org and from Brown Paper Tickets, open 24 hours a day, at 800.838.3006. Student tickets at $15. Discount of 20 percent for groups of 15 or more.
About the Music
Béla Bartók (1881-1945) – Hungarian-born Bartók’s short, traditional folk songs in Four Slovak Folk Songs are splendid examples of his lighter style.
Cecil Effinger (1914-1990) – Colorado native Effinger’s beautiful and understated Set of Three helps set the autumn mood.
Daniel Pinkham (1923-2006) – American composer Pinkham’s Wedding Cantata offers sparkling harmonies and exuberant melodies.
Alberto Ginastera (1916-1983) – Considered “the Copland of Argentina,” Ginastera wrote The Lamentations of Jeremiah, which is both dramatic and exhilarating.
Randall Thompson (1899-1984) – American composer Thompson’s heavenly Choose Something Like a Star is based on a Robert Frost poem.