Liturgical concert series wraps up the season

The Albuquerque Youth Symphony will perform at the Lenten Series at the Cathedral of St. John.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — The annual Friends of Cathedral Music Lenten concert series wraps this season of denial in the music of the Baroque, the Renaissance and the 21st century.

The Friday night concerts will take place through March 18.

“These are concerts designed without talking,” said Maxine Thévenot, cathedral music director and organist. “It’s 60 minutes of music.”

The opening concert features the flute duo of Esther Frederickson and Joy Zalkind on Friday, Feb. 12. Frederickson plays with the Santa Fe Symphony, Chatter and the Las Cruces Symphony. Zalkind performs with the Las Cruces Symphony. The pair will play music by Mendelssohn and “Peace in the Shape of a Square” by Philip Glass.

On Feb. 19, the Duquesa Piano Trio will perform music by Rachmaninov, Schumann and Shoenfeld in the cathedral sanctuary. The trio is Debra Terry on violin; Lisa Collins on cello and Jiu-Ling Hsu on piano.

On Feb. 26, New Mexico Philharmonic principal oboist Kevin Vigneau will join Thévenot and baritone Edmund Connolly. The trio will play songs by Hugo Wolf and Ralph Vaughan Williams, sonatas by Bach and Vivaldi, “Gabriel’s Oboe” by Morricone from “The Mission” soundtrack and the Bach aria “Moche dich mein Herze rein” from the St. Matthew Passion with guest violinist Kimberly Fredenburgh.

On March 4, a Bach trio will play three suites from solo cello. The musicians include James Holland, Dana Winograd and Joan Zucker.

Twenty-nine musicians from the Albuquerque Youth Symphony will play a variety of major chamber music works on March 11.

Polyphony Voices of New Mexico will sing in the final concert on March 18 under Thévenot’s direction. The program features masterworks from and influenced by the Renaissance. The chorus will perform “Miserere mei (Lord Have Mercy)” by the Scottish composer James MacMillan.

“The overall flavor reflects the season of Lent, so it’s all liturgical music,” she said.

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