Composers and their Journeys
Composers and their Journeys

On January 25 and 26 in the Lensic, Pro Musica presents its Orchestra Series IV concerts titled Journeys. For this program, we focus on the various journeys made by the composers and the music that resulted from their experiences. Their journeys were all different: from obscurity to celebrity, across continents, across centuries, and into the inner recesses of the human soul.

The program opens with Melinda Wagner’s Little Moonhead (2009), which was inspired by J. S. Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No. 4 (1721).  Bach’s concerto features a virtuoso solo violin part, two florid flute parts, plus string orchestra. Wagner utilizes Bach’s instrumentation, and with a nod toward his rhythmic and melodic gestures, she has created a distinctly modern version. Her journey working with Bach took her back almost three centuries.

As most wealthy young gentlemen of his age, Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1847) was privileged to experience a three-year Grand Tour, leaving his home in Hamburg, Germany and visiting the capital cities and expansive landscapes of Europe. It was in Italy where he was inspired to write his Piano Concerto No. 1. Mendelssohn’s journey was across the European continent.

A journey can also be an inner experience. Robert Schumann (1810-1856) journeyed from emotional stability into the darkness of mental illness.  His music became for him a vessel into which he poured the jagged extremes of his emotional life. On this program, you will hear his last work for piano, Concert Allegro with Introduction, Op. 134. This work can be viewed as a window onto his private battlefield where he was thrown around amongst utter despair, tender acceptance, and glorious triumph.

Joseph Haydn’s life (1732-1809) represents multiple journeys: across a lifetime, across the European continent, and across social classes. Haydn began life as the son of a wheelwright and ended it celebrated as the world’s most famous composer. He was born in a country village on the Austro-Hungarian border, but became the Music Director for the wealthy Esterházy family at their lavish estate. Over the course of his life he traveled from rural Hungary to the teeming cities of Vienna and London. On this concert we will play his last symphony, No. 104, “London.” This piece represents his last foray into symphonic writing, and the end of a journey.


Meet the Music

To learn more about the music, join us one hour before each Pro Musica Lensic concert and hear informative conversations with Music Director Tom O’Connor and the guest artists. Free to ticket holders.

Meet Melinda Wagner

Pro Musica is delighted to announce that the Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Melinda Wagner will be in Santa Fe for these concerts! You can hear her at each Meet the Music before that evening’s concert at the Lensic (free to ticket holders). She will also be attending the Artist Dinner following Sunday’s concert (reservations required). And she will be the featured guest at the January 27th Coda Circle event (membership required). For more information about the Artist Dinner and Coda Circle, please contact Lydia at (505) 373-2338


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Orchestra Series IV


Lensic Performing Arts Center

Saturday, January 25 at 4 PM

Sunday, January 26 at 3 PM


Pro Musica Orchestra

Thomas O’Connor, conductor

Jeremy Denk, piano


MELINDA WAGNER Little Moonhead     

FELIX MENDELSSOHN Piano Concerto No. 1 in G Minor, Op. 25

ROBERT SCHUMANN Concert Allegro with Introduction, Op. 134

JOSEPH HAYDN Symphony No. 104 in D Major, “London,” Hob I:104

After Sunday’s concert, join our guest artists Jeremy Denk and Melinda Wagner, Pro Musica musicians, and members of the board at one of our signature Artist Dinners, featuring a delicious 3-course dinner with fine wines. $95 per person ($40 tax-deductible), reservations required through the Pro Musica Box Office, 505-988-4640.

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