ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — The New Mexico Philharmonic promises a spectacle of octopus arms at Popejoy Hall on Saturday.
Principal timpanist Douglas Cardwell will tackle Johann Karl Christian Fischer’s virtuoso Symphony with Eight Obbligato Timpani, written in 1792.
“The timpani carries the tune,” Cardwell said. “It’s written for eight drums. I will play the original cadenza, and I wrote a new cadenza for the third. People will come away from the concert saying they’ve never seen anything like that.”
The concert will open with “Bachianas brasileiras,” by Hector Villa-Lobos, a series of nine suites combining the styles of both Bach and Brazil with eight cellos.
Santa Fe soprano Ingela Onstad, who has built an international opera career, is the soloist. Onstad has sung at Dresden, the UNM Opera Theatre and the Santa Fe Opera.
Cardwell’s colleague Hovey Corbin will tackle the rhythm of the Eroica.