January 27 @ 8pm
Daniel Meyer conductor
Pablo Sáinz Villegas guitar
Britten Four Sea Interludes
Rodrigo Fantasía para un gentilhombre
Inspired by tales and impressions of the sea, our January program begins with English composer Benjamin Britten’s Four Sea Interludes. Originally designed to be performed between the acts of his opera Peter Grimes, this music churls and sprays with tempestuous force and holds its own as a stand-alone work. Then Spanish guitar virtuoso Pablo Villegas makes his Erie Philharmonic debut in the music of one of the previous century’s premier composers for the acoustic guitar. Steeped in rich Spanish musical tradition, Rodrigo’s Fantasia par un gentilhombre is an imaginative and richly-woven musical tale that could come from no other part of the world. To finish this evening of musical storytelling, we present Rimsky-Korsakov’s famous Scheherazade. Inspired by tales from the Arabian Nights, the famous Sultana is represented by a solo violin, and she avoids execution at the hands of her vengeful husband by weaving tales of infinite color and imagination. Our own concertmaster Ken Johnston will take the virtuosic solo violin role, as the members of the Philharmonic bring Rimsky-Korsakov’s score to life in technicolor extravagance.
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