2017-2018 SEASON!


Hungarian Genius

Liszt Missa Choralis
Eric Whitacre Sleep
Kodaly Laudes Organi

Sunday, October 15, 2017, 3:00 p.m.,
First United Methodist Church

Liszt’s Missa Choralis has the tonality shifts and dynamic contrasts of the Romantic style, but still allows us the beauty of being caught up in something sublime. The warm harmonies in Whitacre’s modern-day Sleep are a setting from Silvestri’s original, magnificent poem. The work is also inspired by Robert Frost’s poetry. Kodaly’s vivid Laudes Organi, his last published work – celebrates the organ as the “king of instruments”- brilliantly integrating the chorus in a passionate variety of moods.

Hope for the Holidays!

The New Mexico Symphonic Chorus and the New Mexico Philharmonic including the
New Mexico Symphonic Youth Choruses

Pinkham Christmas Cantata
Biebl Ave Maria
Jason Robert Brown Chanukah Suite
Vivaldi Gloria, RV 589

Sunday, December 10, 2017, 3:00 p.m.,
First United Methodist Church

The Chorus, NMPhil and Youth Choruses celebrate the season with musical gifts for all! Pinkham’s treasured Christmas Cantata combines traditional and contemporary styles with wondrous results. Hear the angels sing! Ave Maria, Franz Biebl’s soaring best known work – will transport you to an ethereal realm. Jason Robert Brown calls his Chanukah Suite “…powerful (and) soul-stirring.” And Vivaldi’s magnificent, sunny Gloria will warm up the coldest winter day!

Mozart: Requiem

(As Special Guests of the New Mexico Philharmonic)
Saturday, January 27, 2018, 6:00 p.m.,
Popejoy Hall

Maestro Roger Melone conducts the New Mexico Philharmonic and New Mexico Symphonic Chorus in Mozart’s epic, enigmatic, mythical, and legendary work, intertwined with the composer’s own demise. Also – Mozart’s extraordinarily glorious Piano Concerto No. 21 in C Major, featuring Olga Kern International Piano Competition 2nd prize winner, Anna Dmytrenko.

Brahms and Fauré

The New Mexico Symphonic Chorus and the New Mexico Philharmonic

Brahms Four Songs, Op. 17, for women’s chorus, two horns and harp
Brahms Schaffe in mir, Op. 29, No. 2
Fauré Requiem, Op. 48
Stephen Lewis, baritone

Sunday, March 4, 2018, 3:00 p.m.,
First United Methodist Church

Brahms wrote his unique and powerful Four Songs in 1859-60 for the Hamburg Women’s Chorus which he co-founded and conducted, drawing from poems including Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night. His other masterwork on this program – Schaffe in mir – weaves through pure homophony, fugue, waltz-like dance and joyful celebration. Fauré’s deeply moving Requiem brings consummate craftsmanship and grace together with intense spirituality to close the concert.

Mystical Vaughan Williams

The New Mexico Symphonic Chorus and the New Mexico Philharmonic

Vaughan Williams Five Mystical Songs
Stephen Lewis, baritone
Vaughan Williams Dona Nobis Pacem
Stephen Lewis, baritone

Sunday, May 6, 2018, 3:00 p.m.,
First United Methodist Church

Considered by many to be England’s greatest 20th Century composer, Vaughan Williams was a lover of folksongs, ultimately defining the genre of English song. His visionary Five Mystical Songs are based on the poetry of George Herbert, which uses mystical metaphors in devotional verses. Dona Nobis Pacem (Grant Us Peace) brings shifting moods and musical imagery with the crucial message of shared goodwill and survival through the horrific bloodshed of war.