Finding Mozart – Beginning April 1
Join us for a month-long deep dive into the life and genius of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart beginning April 1. The blog series will feature commentary, videos, articles and performances that bring the illustrious composer to life. The “Finding Mozart” journey culminates with a trip through Salzburg, the city that shaped a young composer, and Vienna, the city that made him famous.
Mozart Requiem | August 7, 9 and 10
The Desert Chorale presents this masterwork along with Mozart arias and choral works with members of the Santa Fe Symphony and world-renowned Mezzo Soprano Susan Graham. Mozart never finished the Requiem, and some scholars argue that he even realized it foretold his own demise. A student, Franz Xaver Süssmayr, completed the Mass and delivered it to the anonymous commissioner of the piece, Count Franz von Walsegg, soon after Mozart’s death. Music Director Joshua Habermann will lead the chorus, orchestra and soloists in a modern completion and realization of the work by Robert D. Levin in a period-inspired performance with a chamber choir and players. Don’t miss this breathtaking performance of Mozart’s haunting last work in both Santa Fe and Albuquerque.
In collaboration with the Santa Fe Symphony. Underwritten by the Aceves-London Family Fund and the Mammel Foundation (Esperanza del Corazon Fund) through the Santa Fe Community Foundation.
About the Desert Chorale
As one of the nation’s premiere professional ensembles comprising 24 singers from across North America, critics have lauded the Santa Fe Desert Chorale as a “first-class ensemble of excellence” in choral music. Currently under the baton of music director Joshua Habermann, the Chorale has gathered in New Mexico for more than 31 years to perform repertoire spanning seven centuries, from Medieval polyphony to contemporary and Avant Garde works.
During its 2014 Summer Festival, the Chorale will perform four unique and challenging programs. The ensemble returns in December to perform seven concerts of its popular holiday program, “Carols and Lullabies.” As part of our Pop Series, we welcome Voasis back to Santa Fe for four performances of “Soaking up the Summer.” The eight-member ensemble of talented vocal a cappella specialists will perform jazz and pop classics.
The New World: Music of the Americas
This stellar program will transport audiences throughout the United States and southward through Central and South America in a selection of choice choral works ranging from traditional spirituals to interpretations of Spanish language classics. Arrangements and works by noted Americans Samuel Barber and Joseph Jennings mingle with new works from composers from throughout the Americas. The concert will feature performances of Jennings’ “Po’ Pilgrim Medley,” Barber’s “The Coolin” from “Reincarnations,” and an arrangement of the traditional Cuban song, “Guantanamera” by Electo Silva.
A spectacular offering of choral works from the Renaissance and beyond will open the Spanish Market in Santa Fe with music of Spanish master composers exploring the theme of mysticism. Spain has been Europe’s most exotic locale – home of Cervantes’ Don Quixote, Teresa of Avila and El Greco – and provides a rich backdrop for mystical expression in the arts. The works of Tomás Luís de Victoria, Spain’s greatest Renaissance composer, are a mainstay in the fabric of sacred repertoire. As an added treat, the Desert Chorale will partner with guitarist and lutenist Richard Savino in this program that traces the mysticism of the composers, theologians and artists of Spain’s golden age to today.
A Romantic Evening with Brahms
Brahms is one of history’s “thinking man’s composers,” equally adept in the intimate subtlety of chamber music, art song, symphonic works and choral compositions. This “Romantic Evening” explores Brahms’ delicious works for chorus and piano. Romantic longing dances in an interplay with the Gypsy music that inspired the composer, intertwining with the rich harmonies and evocative melodies that are Brahms’ signatures. Come celebrate this Germanic titan to help put audience members in a romantic, summertime mood for the evening of sumptuous choral masterpieces from one of history’s greatest composers.
Soaking up the Summer
Voasis returns for a summer run in “Soaking up the Summer” at Warehouse 21. Lauded by audience-goers in December for their unique blend, snazzy stage presence and fine-tuned arrangements of popular hits and jazz standards, the group will perform four special concerts in August to celebrate summer fun. Don’t miss another program of top-notch vocal pyrotechnics to close out your summer concert season. Produced by Deke Sharon from NBC’s The Sing Off and the film Pitch Perfect.