Scott Seaton, Conductor
Sterling Elliott, Cello
Michael Torke’s Ash is a unique and intriguing fusion of classical and pop music — Beethovenesque, but with a vibrant, contemporary sound.
Tchaikovsky’s graceful and popular Rococo Variations will showcase Sterling Elliott’s ability to play long, lyrical melodies and leap through virtuosic cadenzas, trills, and double stops. At age 19, Elliott was a first prize winner of the 2019 Sphinx Competition, aimed at the development and recognition of high school and college talent in the black and Latino communities.
Beethoven’s dynamic Fourth Symphony is fresh and spontaneous and contains themes that served as inspiration for other composers.
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Michelle Merrill, Conductor
Richard Lin, Violin
Following the sparkling Magic Flute Overture, we continue our tradition of presenting winners of the International Violin Competition of Indianapolis. Gifted violinist Richard Lin performs the unforgettable Mendelssohn Violin Concerto.
Aaron Copland’s quintessential American masterpiece, Appalachian Spring, perfectly captures the feeling of vast open spaces, hope, and the possibility of country life in an ideal America. The work popularized the Shaker folk song, “Simple Gifts.”
Concert Romanesc is a fine example of Ligeti’s folk style, drawing inspiration from memories of his Romainian Childhood and transforming the orchestra into a gigantic village band.
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Charles Latshaw, Conductor
Alan Snow, Violin & Graham Cullen, Cello
Danzón No. 2 is a Mexican classic inspired by Cuban dance rhythms. The work even played a key role in an episode of the Amazon series “Mozart in the Jungle.”
Brahms’ majestic “Double” Concerto is lyrically rich and romantic and the perfect work to show off the remarkable talents of our own concertmaster and principal cellist.
Tchaikovsky’s lush Fifth Symphony is a favorite among concertgoers worldwide. Full of yearning melodies that express the composer’s passion, this masterpiece begins in deathly sadness but ends in triumph.
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Roger Kalia, Conductor
Meng Su, Guitar
A famous gypsy band once made such a strong impression on Kodály that he was inspired to write his exotic Galanta Dances.
Superstar Meng Su performs the piece that won her the gold medal and the distinction of being the first female guitarist to win the Parkening Competition. The extraordinarily beautiful Adagio makes the Concierto de Aranjuez one of the most popular of all time.
The picturesque Symphony No. 3, inspired by Mendelssohn’s memorable trip to Scotland, incorporates flavors of Scottish dance and folk music.
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