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Santa Fe Symphony Orchestra to present Mahler 7 this Sunday

11 Apr 2014 10:25 AM
Santa Fe Symphony to present Mahler 7 this Sunday

As one of the most culturally vibrant metropolitan areas in the Southwest, Santa Fe has long been home to a large community of art lovers.

The final resting place of the celebrated painter Georgia O'Keefe, the City Different has become well known for its many museums that house innumerable works fine art. However, Santa Fe also boasts a considerable amount of accomplished musicians. For instance, the Santa Fe Symphony Orchestra is slated to perform Gustav Mahler's Seventh Symphony for local music lovers on Sunday, April 13, in the Lensic Performing Arts Center. If you consider yourself an enthusiast of orchestral music, and are interested in enjoying an evening of upscale entertainment, you can benefit from attending this upcoming event, as it is expected to be a sophisticated social gathering among the city's elite.

Performance to feature respected conductor, talented instrumentalists
Featuring five magnificent and massive movements, the upcoming presentation of Mahler's Symphony No. 7 is sure to a memorable experience for all audience members. Sponsored by the ALH Foundation, and in part by Los Alamos National Bank, this Sunday's performance will be led by maestro Steven Smith and serves to highlight the honed talents of the musicians who comprise the Santa Fe Symphony Orchestra. 

Following its premiere on Sept. 19, 1908, in Prague, Mahler's Seventh Symphony has enjoyed much critical acclaim. Its timeless qualities has helped it remain a popular piece of music, as it continues to draw sizable crowds to concert halls across the world. The composer reportedly described the opening movement as an arrangement that is "dominated by a tragic and elemental power, that of Death," according to program notes by Eric Bromberger. As one of the strongest portions this sets the tone for the performance, which evolves into a spirited celebration of life in the fifth movement. 

A free pre-concert lecture will be held at 3 p.m. on April 13, affording all those who are interested in gaining deeper insight into the life and work of Mahler the chance to do so. Smith - who is also music director for the Richmond Symphony and Cleveland Chamber Symphony - will lead the discussion, providing attendees with detailed information regarding the life of Mahler, as well as the unique reasons why the Santa Fe Symphony Orchestra chose to feature the piece. 

This weekend's highly anticipated performance is planned to begin an hour later, at 4 p.m. Those individuals hoping to attend can purchase tickets by calling the Lensic Performing Arts Center at 505-988-1234, the Symphony Box Office at 505-983-1414 or online through the official event website. As a wide variety of seating is available, admission prices range from $22 to $76. 

Symphony celebrates 30-year anniversary in 2014
The upcoming performance is undoubtedly special, not only because of the subject matter, but because the Santa Fe Symphony Orchestra & Chorus is celebrating three decades of musical excellence.

In the past 30 years, countless beloved masterworks have been presented for the local community, periodically featuring outstanding gold medalists and first prize winning soloists. The organization has cultivated a sterling reputation during this time, largely thanks to its undying focus on performing orchestral masterpieces that excite the senses and nourish the soul. In addition to its regular shows, the symphony leads a Music Education Committee, whose mission is to create experimental learning opportunities for children and adult audiences. Members of the chorus, orchestra and contributing music scholars alike all take part in the educational offerings. 

If you're interested in doing more than just listening, the symphony is currently holding auditions for principal horn, viola, violin I and II, as well as bass. For more information, visit www.santafesymphony.org.