11-09 Land of Enchantment II: Santa Fe Desert Chorale

Welcome to America’s Music Festivals three-part mini-series from the Land of Enchantment.

The Santa Fe Desert Chorale opens this, the second of three programs, devoted to the music of New Mexico, Land of Enchantment.  Plus we pay a visit to the Taos School of Music and Chamber Music Albuquerque.

Santa Fe is exactly mid-way between Albuquerque and Taos along the ancient trade route that led from Mexico City to Taos. In 1598 explorer Juan de Oñate named the route after King Philip of Spain, “The Royal Road,” or Camino Real. New Mexicans still travel the Camino Real, now known as Interstate 25, for lots of reasons, among them music.

One of the best places to hear music is at the St. Francis Cathedral. The Cathedral stands on the spot of the original 1610 church, and has been rebuilt three times. In the 1880s a European style basilica was constructed around the old adobe church. Then the old church was carted out piece by piece through the front door, except for a small adobe chapel that still remains inside.

Often performing inside this Cathedral are the members of the Santa Fe Desert Chorale. The Desert Chorale mainly performs a cappella (without accompaniment) and is renowned for its rich sound, seamless blend and wide-ranging programming, having performed more than 2,000 compositions by some 500 composers, spanning nine centuries of music. Founder Lawrence Bandfield (1933-2009) conducted the first season in 1983 and continued as Music Director until 1998.

For more information visit http://www.desertchorale.org/


Santa Fe Desert Chorale
Benjamin Britten: Hymn to St. Cecilia
Giuseppe Sarti: Nine Sili Nebesniya
Michael McGlynn: Christus Resurgens
Jaako Mäntyjärvi: Lullaby
Jaako Mäntyjärvi: Double Double Toil and Trouble
Ralph Vaughan Williams: Full Fathom Five
Ralph Vaughan Williams: Over Hill, Over Dale
Alan Murray: O Mistress Mine

Taos School of Music
Faure Piano Quartet: II and IV (performed by students)
Bruckner: String Quintet No. 1 in F: II, III, and IV (Borromeo Quartet)

Shanghai Quartet, from Chamber Music Albuqureque
Debussy: String Quartet in G Minor

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Joshua Habermann, Director of Santa Fe Desert Chorale – Joshua Habermann assumed the position of music director of the Santa Fe Desert Chorale during Summer Festival 2009. He is Director of Choral Studies at the University of Miami Frost School of Music and the music directorship of the Master Chorale of South Florida, a 125-voice chorus dedicated to performing major choral-orchestral works.From 1996-2008 Habermann was professor of music at San Francisco State University, where he directed the choral program, and taught choral literature, conducting, lyric diction, and voice. Under his direction the SFSU Chamber Singers were invited to appear in several international and national conferences and festivals including an appearance at the American Choral Director’s Association in 2008. More

Santa Fe Desert Chorale – 2010 marks the 28th consecutive year of performances in northern New Mexico by the Santa Fe Desert Chorale, one of the premier professional chamber choirs in the United States, and the debut of the Chorale’s fourth music director Joshua Habermann. Each summer, and again during the December holiday season, some of the finest singers from around the country come to Santa Fe to perform works from the rich choral tradition. Our audience consists of a mix of New Mexico residents as well as national and international visitors. Each year we present to nearly 10,000 adults and children – 70 percent of which are New Mexicans. More

Robert McDonald, Artistic Director of Taos School of Music, Pianist – McDonald has performed internationally as a solo recitalist and as a recital partner to Midori and Isaac Stern. He has appeared with the San Francisco, Baltimore, Milwaukee, and Curtis symphony orchestras, as well as with the Orquestra Sinfonica Nacional in Costa Rica, and the Orchestra Sinfonica Haydn di Bolzano e Trento in Italy.  He has performed with the Juilliard, Takacs, American, Muir, and Brentano string quartets. More

Taos School of Music – Founded in 1963, and the subject of many feature stories including those on NBC’s “Today Show” and National Public Radio’s “Morning Edition,” Taos School of Music is one of the oldest and most respected summer chamber music programs in the country. Its alumni have served as members of such award winning chamber groups as the Alexander, Brentano, Chester, Lark, Muir, Shanghai and St. Lawrence quartets, the Eroica Trio, and Musicians from Marlboro. They have become principal players and members of the major orchestras  in the United States: Boston, Chicago, Cleveland, Detroit, Los Angeles, Metropolitan Opera, Milwaukee, National, New York, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, St. Louis, St. Lawrence, and San Francisco. More

Chamber Music Albuquerque – CMA reaches out to the diverse residents of central New Mexico. Accordingly, CMA serves close to 10,000 people annually, ranging in age from high school students to senior citizens. CMA’s artistic profile provides an opportunity for intellectual and culturally relevant discovery. It provides an opportunity to understand how chamber music has evolved throughout history while offering new insights into the thinking of living artists and how they interpret and struggle with the process of musical creation and interpretation. More

Borromeo String Quartet

Yeesun Kim, Cello
Nicholas Kitchen, Violin
Mai Motobuchi, Viola
Kristopher Tong, Violin

Considered “Simply the best there is” by the Boston Globe, the critically acclaimed Borromeo String Quartet is one of the most sought after string quartets in the world, each season performing over 100 concerts. Audiences and critics alike have praised the Borromeo’s revealing explorations of Beethoven, Brahms, Bartok, Schoenberg, Shostakovich, and Ligeti, and its affinity for making challenging repertoire approachable.

The quartet’s musicians serve as artists-in-residence at the New England Conservatory of Music, and the Borromeo continues long-standing residencies at the Isabella Stuart Gardner Museum in Boston, the Tenri Cultural Institute in New York, and the Dai-Ichi Semei Hall in Tokyo. Awards include Lincoln Center’s Martin E. Segal Award and Chamber Music America’s Cleveland Quartet Award, as well as top prizes at the International String Quartet Competition in Evian, France. In 2006 the Aaron Copland House honored the Borromeo’s commitment to contemporary music by creating the Borromeo Quartet Award, an annual initiative that premieres the work of important young composers. More

Mathilde Geismar, Viola – Violist Mathilde Geismar gave her first solo performance with orchestra at the age of 10, playing the double Telemann concerto with the Mouth Orchestra in Pontarlier, France.  At the age of 16, she was invited to play chamber music concerts with teachers from the Paris and Boulogne conservatories in the “Chateau de Canisy”, France.  When she was 18, she was accepted to the Yale School of Music with full scholarship and fellowship and she graduated with a Certificate in Performance in 2010. As a baroque violist, Mathilde was invited to play with the Yale Collegium led by Simon Carrington and Robert Mealy. With them, she toured in China and Korea. She is also very interested in modern music which she studied with Kim Kashkashian during a 20th century music workshop. In 2010 she played the USA premiere of “Poeme” by Maxence Grimbert Barre. More

Lavena Johanson, Cello – Lavena McCall Johanson is an 18-year-old senior at Roosevelt High School. She has been studying the cello since age six, and is a student of Raymond Davis, Principal Cello Emeritus of the Seattle Symphony. With scholarships offered from San Francisco Conservatory of Music, Oberlin Conservatory, Eastman School of Music, Peabody Institute at Johns Hopkins, New England Conservatory, and DePaul University, Lavena has accepted a full scholarship to the Robert McDuffie Center for Strings at Mercer University in Atlanta/Macon, Georgia.  Summer study has included Yellow Barn Young Artist Program (Amherst, Massachusetts); Garth Newel Summer Chamber Music Fellowship Program (Warm Springs, Virginia); the Robert McDuffie Fall Festival for Strings (Mercer University); Bowdoin International Summer Music Festival (Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine); and Marrowstone Summer Music Festival (Bellingham, Washington). This summer she has been invited to participate in The Rome Chamber Music Festival headed by violinist Robert McDuffie. More

Eunice Kim, Violin – Violinist Eunice Kim, age 15, is a Morris Stulshaft Scholarship recipient and a violin student of Wei He at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. She became interested in studying the violin at the age of 6. She made her first concerto debut in Seoul, Korea at the age of seven with the KBS symphony. She also performed as a concerto soloist with the Fremont Symphony Orchestra and the Oakland East Bay Symphony under the baton of Micheal Morgan and Sergiu Commissiona. Along with that, she played with the Aspen Festival Orchestra in a concert in memory of Dorothy Delay. Her first solo recital took place at the Herbst Theater in San Francisco at the age of eleven. When she was 12 years old, she was broadcasted on the radio program From the Top in Jordan Hall, Boston. At a gala concert for the San Francisco Conservatory, she performed with the host as singer Frederica von Stade. More

Jeffrey LaDeur, Piano – Jeffery LaDeur enjoys an increasingly busy career as a concerto soloist, recitalist and chamer musician. He has concertized throughout the United States an d Canada including performances in Chicago, New York, San Francisco and as an artist-in-residence at the Nanff Center. Jeffrey was a guest artist at the 2009 Dakota Sky International Piano Festival where his recital was wencast worldwide. A graduate of the Eastman School of Music, Jeffrey won the concerto competition as a freshman, resulting in a performance of Franck’s Symphonic Variations with the Eastman Philharmoina and Maestro Neil Varon. More

Shanghai Quartet – The Shanghai Quartet is renowned for its passionate musicality, impressive technique, and multicultural innovations. Its elegant style of melding the delicacy of Eastern music with the emotional breadth of Western repertoire allows it to traverse musical genres, from traditional Chinese folk music and masterpieces of Western music, to cutting edge contemporary works. The quartet is ensemble-in-residence at Montclair State University and holds the esteemed title of visiting guest professors of the Shanghai Conservatory and the Central Conservatory in China. More

Michael Tree, Viola – Violist Michael Tree, who made his Carnegie Hall debut in 1954, was a scholarship student at the Curtis Institute of Music where he studied with Efrem Zimbalist, Veda Reynolds, and Lea Luboshutz. He has appeared as violin and viola soloist with the Philadelphia, Los Angeles, Baltimore, New Jersey, and other major orchestras, and has also participated in leading music festivals, including Marlboro, Tanglewood, Casals, Spoleto and Israel. More