Rev­o­lu­tion­ar­ies and Ro­man­tics: Santa Fe Pro Mu­sica

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In the open­ing con­cert of Santa Fe Pro Mu­sica’s 35th sea­son, Thomas O’Con­nor con­ducts the or­ches­tra in works by com­posers who, by co­in­ci­dence, have been rep­re­sented in the past three sum­mers at Santa Fe Opera. The pro­gram opens with Beethoven’s Sym­phony No. 4, com­posed in 1806, just a year af­ter the un­suc­cess­ful pre­miere of his Fide­lio (heard in the Opera’s 2014 sea­son). Next up is a group of three short pieces for string or­ches­tra — To the Point, String Lake, and String — by Jen­nifer Higdon, whose opera

Cold Moun­tain was pre­miered here in 2015. To con­clude, Joshua Ro­man ap­pears as the soloist in the Cello Con­certo of Samuel Bar­ber (who com­posed this sum­mer’s

Vanessa). Re­view­ing the con­certo’s pre­miere in 1946, the critic and com­poser Vir­gil Thom­son found that it pos­sessed “a richly ro­man­tic, well-sus­tained struc­ture [that] is mu­si­cal, mas­ter­ful, thought­ful, and not with­out a cer­tain Brahm­s­like grandeur.” Con­certs take place at 4 p.m. on Satur­day, Sept. 17, and 3 p.m. on Sun­day, Sept. 18, at the Len­sic Per­form­ing Arts Cen­ter, 211 W. San Fran­cisco St. Tick­ets ($20$75, less for stu­dents) are avail­able from Pro Mu­sica di­rectly (505-988-4640, ext. 1000; www.santafe­pro­mu­sica.com) or through www.tick­etssantafe.org (505-988-1234). — James M. Keller

Joshua Ro­man

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