Santa Fe Pro Musica continues its 36th Season with the Pro Musica Orchestra conducted by Thomas O’Connor and featuring the dynamic young pianist Conrad Tao. The program includes one of Mozart’s last symphonic master works, his radiant Symphony No. 39, Joan Tower’s virtuosic Chamber Dance, and Schumann’s rhapsodic Piano Concerto in A Minor.
Santa Fe Pro Musica Orchestra
Thomas O’Connor, conductor
Conrad Tao, piano
Lensic Performing Arts Center
Saturday, January 27 at 4pm
Sunday, January 28 at 3pm
MOZART Symphony No. 39 in E-Flat Major, K. 543
JOAN TOWER Chamber Dance
SCHUMANN Piano Concerto in A Minor, Op. 54
ABOUT THE MUSIC
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791) wrote 41 symphonies, of which the last three, Nos. 39, 40, and 41, are all considered master works. Symphony 39 is the most unusual of the set as Mozart replaces the brightly colored oboes (which he used in almost all his other symphonies) with the darker-hued clarinets. This symphony covers the spectrum from a grand introduction, through a gracious Andante, a ländler-like Menuetto, and concludes with a dizzying romp full of humor and hijinks.Joan Tower (b. 1938) is a Grammy-winning American composer and was lauded by The New Yorker magazine as “one of the most successful woman composers of all time.” Chamber Dance was written for the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra and premiered in Carnegie Hall in 2006. The work is full of masterful orchestral writing, transparent and luminous textures, and brims with instrumental virtuosity and fireworks.Robert Schumann (1810-1856) wrote his Piano Concerto in A Minor, Op. 54 for his wife Clara, who was considered “one of the most soulful and famous pianists of the day.” This is Schumann’s only piano concerto and is a tribute to his respect and devotion for Clara. With this concerto, he created a work that was not merely a showpiece (“a technical thriller”) but a finely tuned conversation between orchestra and soloist.
MEET THE MUSIC with Music Director Thomas O’Connor
Arrive one hour early to each SFPM Lensic concert and hear a “behind the scenes” discussion of the music being performed.
MEET THE SOLOIST: CONRAD TAO
Look for our next eblast featuring our piano soloist Conrad Tao, “a musician of deep intellectual and emotional means” (Anastasia Tsioulcas, NPR).