Thursday, May 23

The French Connection: An Evening of Choral Masterpieces

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General Admission: $55-$20

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A newly orchestrated version of John Donald Robb’s Requiem will be performed by the New Mexico Bach Society. The rarely performed St. Cecilia Mass by Charles Gounod also will be on the program.

The performances will be presented by the New Mexico Performing Arts Society and will feature top-tier professional musicians now living in New Mexico. Franz Vote, a celebrated conductor who spent years with the Metropolitan Opera, will be conducting both pieces.

The Requiem was completed in 1985 when Robb, former dean of the UNM College of Fine Arts and a prolific composer, was 93. It was his last major composition and was written, “In Memory of Mother, Father, and Eight Brothers & Sisters”. It originally had been scored for a large orchestra and chorus, but for the Santa Fe concert has been re-scored for a smaller orchestra. Gounod, a French composer, completed the highly acclaimed St. Cecilia Mass in 1854, when he was 36. The piece established him as a noteworthy composer.

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