Santa Fe Symphony principal second violinist Nicolle Maniaci wasn’t happy when she realized that the symphony didn’t have an orchestral concert scheduled in January. She proposed the idea of a chamber music concert to several of her colleagues.
“I wanted the Santa Fe Symphony to have a presence in the community in January,” explains Maniaci, an active orchestral and chamber musician who lives in Albuquerque. “I asked Guillermo (principal conductor and violist Guillermo Figueroa) if he would be in town during the weekend of January 20. When he said he was available, the “Recital: Symphony String Quintet” concert was born.”
Presented at 2 p.m. on January 20 in St. Francis Auditorium, “Recital: Symphony String Quintet” features two string quintets and one string quartet. Symphony members participating in the concert are Maniaci, violinist David Felberg, violists Figueroa and Kimberly Fredenburgh and cellist Dana Winograd.
“Symphony players do chamber music all the time but generally not as public Santa Fe Symphony performances,” Maniaci adds. “Our goal in this concert is to share some spectacular chamber pieces. We also want to have a great musical time together.”
On the program is “Summa, for String Quartet” by Arvo Part, a joyful work with a Baroque sound that was arranged for a string orchestra in 1990.
Also presented is “Quintet for Strings in C Major, K. 515” by Mozart. This work for two violas, two violins and one cello was composed in 1787. It was one of four major works for viola quintet that Mozart wrote during the late 18th century.
Mendelssohn’s “String Quintet No. 2 in B-flat Major, op.87″ is the final work on the program. It’s the composer’s second viola quintet. This work was unpublished during the composer’s lifetime because he felt it was not quite finished. The quintet has taken its place as a mature masterwork in the chamber music repertoire.
“We really hope that young musicians will come to this concert, which we’ve programmed at a time we hope is convenient for young people to attend,” says Maniaci. “We are always interested in giving young musicians as many opportunities to hear live music in Santa Fe as we can.”