MAY 23, 2013
Maxine Thevenot, organist and choral director at St. John’s Episcopal Cathedral in Albuquerque, played the nearly 100-year-old McNary pipe organ, which was donated to the museum in the 1930s. She is also a lecturer at the University of New Mexico. Featured vocal soloists included Edmund Connolly, Andre Garcia-Nuthmann, Sarah Ihlefeld, Carol Leitner, Lina Ramos, Kathlene Ritch and Tim Willson.
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.
The concert included a French connection: Robb was greatly influenced by Nadia Boulanger, a French composer, conductor and teacher who taught many of the leading composers of the 20th Century, including Robb. Gounod, a Frenchman, completed the highly acclaimed St. Cecilia Mass in 1854, when he was 36. The piece established him as a noteworthy composer.
The UNM John Donald Robb Trust contributed partial underwriting to the Santa Fe concert. Support also came from Friends of The New Mexico Performing Arts Society, the Santa Fe Symphony and Richard Kurman.
Linda Marianiello discusses the Requiem with Spencer Beckwith on KUNM, 89.9FM
Albuquerque Journal article highlights Santa Fe concert