Laura Jackson, Conductor
Daniel Hsu, Piano
The colorful Concertino Cusqueño by American composer Gabriela Lena Frank is a perfect curtain raiser. The work’s folkloric melodies and dance rhythms are inspired by the composer’s own Peruvian heritage and her admiration for British composer Benjamin Britten.
The Rachmaninoff second Piano Concerto is one of the greatest, most recognizable works of all time. Daniel Hsu’s passionate performance will bring the house down!
The Sibelius No. 2 evokes the rugged landscape and fierce independence of Sibelius’ homeland with its sweeping melodies and powerful rhythms.
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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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MRS. NANCY TRAYLOR
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.