Join us for an evening of compelling and important symphonic variations.
20th century composer Margaret Bonds, known for blending classical, folk, and African American music in innovative ways, showcases her influence in the 1964 piece, "The Montgomery Variations," which draws from the civil rights anthem "Oh, Freedom" and the Montgomery Bus Boycott.
Tchaikovsky's Variation on a Rococo Theme melds 18th-century Rococo with Romantic elements, spotlighting the cello's expressiveness. Cellist Saeunn Thorsteinsdottir, praised for her emotional intensity, will perform this piece.
Edward Elgar's "Enigma Variations," Op. 36, is a renowned orchestral work from the British composer. Each variation is linked to a person in Elgar's life, and a hidden, cryptic theme adds intrigue, sparking speculation and enhancing the composition's mystique.
Margaret Bonds - The Montgomery Variations (1964)
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky - Variations on a Rococo Theme, Op 33
Edward Elgar: Enigma Variations, Op. 36