Conductor Ruth Reinhardt comes to town during the first weekend in November to lead the Santa Fe Pro Music Orchestra in a concert featuring three works by Felix Mendelssohn.
It’s the first time that Reinhardt, who served as the assistant conductor of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra for two seasons under Jaap van Zweden, conducts in Santa Fe.
“My approach to working with an orchestra for the first time is to be very open-minded and receptive,” explains Reinhardt, who earned her master’s degree in conducting from The Juilliard School in 2015.
“I get right down to the music and try to be as perceptive with the orchestra as possible.”
Santa Fe Pro Musica’s concerts on November 3 and 4 include “The Hebrides Overture, Op. 26,” “Violin Concerto in E Minor, Op. 64” and “Symphony No. 3 in A Minor, Op. 56.” Prize-winning violinist Ariel Horowitz, who studied at The Juilliard School with Itzhak Perlman and Catherine Cho, is the concert’s guest violinist.
While at The Juilliard School, Reinhardt studied with Alan Gilbert, who was the music director of the Santa Fe Opera from 2003 through 2006. “He always said that your beat has to be where the orchestra expects it, but the true skill of a conductor is being able to manage the orchestra’s expectations while fulfilling them,” Reinhardt adds.
Born in Saarbrücken, Germany, Reinhardt studied the violin and sang in a children’s chorus during childhood. She attended Zurich’s University of the Arts where she studied violin with Rudolf Koelman and began conducting studies with Constantin Trinks.
“I realized early on that I couldn’t live with just one of my musical interests expressed,” says Reinhardt, who also composes music and plays the oboe. “Conducting combines all my different interests. A big part of what I do is take a score and figure out the recipe, the message that the composer is trying to communicate.”