Symphor!a Returns!


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A week from this Sunday at 3 p.m. in Wellin Hall, Conductor Lawrence Loh and violinist Elina Va¨ha¨la¨ will be performing Corigiliano’s The Red Violin Concerto, Mackey’s Readline Tango, Barber’s Symphony No. 1 and Gershwin’s An American in Paris.

The Oscar-winning score by John Corigliano mesmerized audiences from its first appearance in the 1938 film The Red Violin, directed by Francois Girard. Corigliano created a number of complementary works of the score for violin solo, piano, piano and violin and violin and orchestra. Va¨ha¨la¨ will be playing a violin concerto based off of another expansion on that original theme that Corigiliano produced in 2003. According to the program notes for the performance, this concerto has become something of a signature piece for Va¨ha¨la¨.

Another work that will be performed, Redline Tango (2003) by contemporary composer John Mackey, is a somewhat more light-hearted piece and is opening the performance. George Gershwin’s An American in Paris, a jazz-influenced symphony composed in 1928 will be closing the performance on a high note.

Check out the show at 3 p.m. on February 19 in Wellin Hall.

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