First among first sym­phonies: Mahler

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Con­duc­tor Guillermo Figueroa be­came well known to lo­cal au­di­ences through his ten­ure as mu­sic di­rec­tor of the New Mex­ico Sym­phony Orches­tra, which he led for 11 years un­til its demise in 2011. He also spent a decade as con­cert­mas­ter of New York City Bal­let and was a found­ing mem­ber of the Or­pheus Cham­ber Orches­tra and the Emer­son String Quar­tet. This week­end he ap­pears as guest con­duc­tor with the Santa Fe Sym­phony. The au­di­ence will be treated to Vi­valdi’s Con­certo for Two Cel­los, spot­light­ing orches­tra mem­bers Dana Wino­grad and Joel Beck­tell, and the bal­let mu­sic from Mozart’s opera Idome­neo. Those charmed works share the pro­gram with a later, more tow­er­ing mas­ter­work, Mahler’s Sym­phony No. 1, pos­si­bly the most ex­tra­or­di­nary “first sym­phony” ever un­veiled by a com­poser (or at least ri­valed in that re­gard only by Ber­lioz). The con­cert takes place Sun­day, Jan. 18, at 4 p.m., at the Len­sic Per­form­ing Arts Cen­ter ( 211 W. San Francisco St.). Tick­ets ($ 22 to $ 76) are avail­able by call­ing 505-988-1234 or vis­it­ing www.tick­etssantafe.org).

— James M. Keller

Guillermo Figueroa

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