Pre-concert conversation at 6:30pm in Reynolds Hall
Donato Cabrera, conductor
TORKE - Sylvan
SCHUMANN - Violin Concerto in D Minor
BEETHOVEN - Symphony No. 7 in A Major, Opus 92
TWILIGHT’S MAGICAL PROPERTIES and bittersweet marking of time resonate in this musical feast. Las Vegas resident and renowned composer Michael Torke’s work returns this season with Sylvan. The piece, inspired by his summers spent in the Adirondacks harkens to the sites, smells and sounds forever imprinted on his memory. Comprised of three movements named in homage to the Eastern White Pine, Yellow Birch, and Red Spruce trees, he was intrigued by the notion that each of the three trees have their own distinct music. Alexi Kenney, who captivated all during a guest appearance in our 2015-16 season, returns to perform Robert Schumann’s only Violin Concerto. Considered a significant composition from the twilight of his career, the concerto was written for acclaimed violinist, Joseph Joachim, and the finale is influenced in part by Schumann’s acquaintance with a young Johannes Brahms. The work remained unknown to most for nearly 80 years. “Of the many great concerti available to violinists, Schumann's is an unjustly neglected jewel. Its intimate lyricism remains even in the most virtuosic passages, and its middle movement is one of the most heartbreakingly beautiful pieces I can think of. I'm so excited to be bringing this wonderful work to life in Las Vegas,” expresses Alexi Kenney. Beethoven’s Symphony No. 7, part of the composer’s late symphonic output closes the performance on a familiar note. The second movement’s theme is widely used in film and commercial productions. His contemporaries considered it one of his more inspirational symphonies and Beethoven agreed, stating it was one of his greatest works.
Listen to Donato’s Spotify Playlist: http://tinyurl.com/lvphilfeb10