Pro Music Orchestra. Photo by Peter Norby
SANTA FE — David Felberg conducts the Pro Musica Orchestra in a concert of Mozart and Mendelssohn, along with the live premiere of The History of Red, 7 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 29 and 3 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 30 at The Lensic.
The History of Red is a co-commissioned project initiated by soprano Kathryn Mueller, led by Santa Fe Pro Musica, and including the River Oaks Chamber Orchestra (Houston), Orlando Philharmonic (Florida), and The Knights (New York City).
It features music written by Reena Esmail on a text by Chickasaw poet Linda Hogan, and explores the color red’s association with life, death, and the will to survive. “Arguably the most stirring of colors, red is symbolic of various extremes. From prehistoric cave paintings to modern-day medicine, the vibrant hue has a significant history within the existence of humankind” (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, performing Mozart’s Concerto in B-Flat Major for Piano and Orchestra, K. 450, and the Pro Musica Orchestra’s 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, Jan. 29
3 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 30
WHERE: Lensic Performing Arts Center
211 W. San Francisco, Santa Fe, NM 87501
PROGRAM REENA ESMAIL 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 pianist and Pro Musica artistic director Anne-Marie McDermott:
McDermott is a consummate artist who balances a versatile career as a performer, recording artist, and arts administrator. She performs 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 featured in concertos with most major American orchestras. She is the artistic director of the famed 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 was a winner of both the Young Concert Artists and Avery Fisher Career Grant competitions.
About 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 Master Chorale’s artist-in-residence. Other awards and positions include Seattle Symphony’s composer-in-residence, United States Artist Fellow, Kennedy Center Citizen Artist Fellow, and the Hinrichsen Award 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 symphonies of Richmond, Albany, Seattle, and Baltimore. She studied at The Juilliard School, the Yale School of Music, and she received a Fulbright-Nehru grant to study Hindustani music in India.
About guest conductor David Felberg:
Felberg performs throughout the Southwest as a soloist, in recitals, chamber music, and orchestral concerts. He is praised for his “fluid phrases, rich focused tone, rhythmic precision, and spot-on intonation” (Santa Fe New Mexican). He is the artistic director, co-founder, violinist, violist, and conductor of Chatter (Albuquerque), concertmaster of the Santa Fe Symphony, associate concertmaster of the New Mexico Philharmonic, and is a member of the Santa Fe Pro Musica Orchestra and Baroque Ensemble. Felberg, an Albuquerque native, 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 environmental and Indigenous issues. She is formerly with the Institute for American Indian Arts, the University of Colorado, and was the Chickasaw Nation’s writer-in-residence. 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, Oklahoma Book Award, Mountains and Plains Book Award, Colorado Book Award, and fellowships from the Lannan 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:
Recognized for her “lovely tone and easy agility” (San Francisco Classical Voice), Mueller has three GRAMMY nominations and performs with Seraphic Fire (Florida), New Trinity Baroque (New York), the 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 orchestras throughout the U.S. She is a long-time collaborator with Santa Fe Pro Musica, with many performances on our Baroque Christmas and Holy Week concerts in Loretto Chapel. She is the initiator of Pro Musica’s The History of Red project.
About Women of Distinction Initiative
Since 1980, Santa Fe Pro Musica co-founders Thomas O’Connor and Carol Redman have been informally but consistently presenting the works of women composers, initially through their organization The Ensemble of Santa Fe and then later through its reincarnation as Santa Fe Pro Musica. In 2013, Pro Musica initiated its “Women Composers Project” and formalized its efforts in bringing women composers into mainstream classical music programming. In 2018, Pro Musica extended this program to include women conductors and leaders, and with generous underwriting from Sallie Bingham, this has become our “Women of Distinction Initiative.” To date, Pro Musica has presented 54 concert programs that have featured 43 works by women composers and brought eight women conductors to the Lensic.