June 2022 - EXTRAS: Past & Future: Exhilarating Sounds - Immanuel Presbyterian Church Organ


Music Director, Roberto Minczuk, and organist David Solem
Music Director, Roberto Minczuk, and organist David Solem

The New Mexico Philharmonic proudly announces a special performance featuring the organ at Immanuel Presbyterian Church on July 2 at Immanuel Presbyterian Church in Nob Hill. This special concert celebrates the NMPhil’s past and future partnership with Immanuel Presbyterian Church in a performance featuring the church’s original organ. The organ was built by Casavant Frères in Saint-Hyacinthe, Quebec and installed at Immanuel Presbyterian in 1965. It has 30 stops, and the pipes number more than 2,000! The concert opens with Bach’s Toccata and Fugue in d minor, one of the most recognizable works written for solo organ, featured in movies such as the original Fantasia, Aviator, and more. Then, it’s Saint-Saëns’s Symphony No. 3, titled “Organ Symphony,” as it features the magnificent, grandiose sound of the organ. Music Director, Roberto Minczuk, is joined by organist David Solem.


In 2017, Grammy® Award-winning conductor Roberto Minczuk was appointed Music Director of the New Mexico Philharmonic and the Theatro Municipal Orchestra of São Paulo. He is also Music Director Laureate of the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra (Canada) and Conductor Emeritus of the Orquestra Sinfônica Brasileira (Rio de Janeiro). Highlights of Minczuk’s recent seasons include the complete Mahler Symphony Cycle with the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra; Bach’s St. John Passion, Bruckner’s Symphony No. 7, Beethoven’s Fidelio, Berlioz’s The Damnation of Faust, Mozart’s The Magic Flute, Verdi’s La Traviata, Bernstein’s Mass, and Strauss’s Der Rosenkavalier with the Theatro Municipal Orchestra of São Paulo; debuts with the Cincinnati Opera (Mozart’s Don Giovanni), the Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra, and Daejeon Philharmonic in South Korea; and return engagements with the Orchestre National de Lille and the New York City Ballet. In the 2016/2017 season, he made return visits to the Israel Symphony Orchestra and the Teatro Colón Philharmonic and Orchestra Estable of Buenos Aires.


David Solem has enjoyed a long career in academic, theatrical, orchestral, chamber music, performance, and liturgical settings. He has more than 42 years of experience as a liturgical musician, organist, and choral director. Since 2010, David has been a resident of Santa Fe, New Mexico. He currently serves as Assistant Organist for First Presbyterian Church Santa Fe. Solem serves as the principal keyboard (organ, harpsichord, piano) for Santa Fe Pro Musica, where Solem also serves as the lead keyboard for the Pro Musica Baroque Ensemble. He has held all these positions since 2014. An active performer in the northern New Mexico area, David appeared with the Santa Fe Symphony, the Santa Fe Desert Chorale, and the Santa Fe Women’s Ensemble. He is in frequent demand as a recitalist, accompanist, and chamber musician. David combines his music life with his clinical practice as a diplomate Jungian psychoanalyst.


Single-ticket prices range from $26 to $68. Tickets are available online at nmphil.org. Purchasing online is strongly suggested.


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