Sir Edward Elgar’s longest composition was not a symphony, but the Violin Concerto completed in 1910. The work is dedicated to violinist Fritz Kreisler, but its major influence was Elgar’s muse, Alice Stuart-Wortley, whom Elgar enigmatically referred to as “Windflower.” Canadian violinist Catherine Manoukian joins the Reno Chamber Orchestra with conductor Theodore Kuchar in a rare performance of this impassioned and poetic work.
An early symphony by the Czech composer Antonin Dvorak rounds out the program. The Symphony No. 4 was completed in 1874. Strong influences of Richard Wagner can be found throughout this charming, well crafted symphony including a direct quote from the opera Tannhäuser.
January 28 and 29 at Nightingale Concert Hall.