Robert Tweten is a versatile musician who started his career as an award-winning pianist and has developed into a well-respected conductor.
The newly-appointed music director of the New England Conservatory’s opera department and the head of the music staff at the Santa Fe Opera for more than a quarter century, Tweten assumes the role of conductor of the Santa Fe Symphony’s “Chabrier, Haydn & Schumann” concert on April 23.
“I value the community experience of making music with the symphony,” says Tweten. “I really enjoy the collaboration.”
Tweten is delighted with the symphony’s spring program, which features “Suite Pastorale” by Emmanuel Chabrier, “Horn Concerto No. 1” by Joseph Haydn and “Symphony No. 2” by Robert Schumann.
“The work by Chabrier is an orchestration of some of the composer’s piano pieces,” explains Tweten. “I’ve never played his piano music, so conducting this orchestrated version of them has given me an opportunity to study more about Chabrier.”
Haydn’s horn concerto is believed to date from the summer of 1762 when Haydn wrote a concerto for horn player Joseph Leutgeb as a gift honoring the birth of Leutgeb’s daughter. Composed early in Haydn’s career, it was written for an orchestra of strings and two oboes.
Although Schumann’s second symphony was written at a time when the composer was recovering from acute depression, the music is upbeat and radiant. After energetic opening movements and a very expressive slow movement, the symphony closes with a triumphant finale.
The Santa Fe Symphony is delighted to showcase the talents of principal horn player Nathan Ukens in Haydn’s Horn Concerto No.1.