Go behind the music with Richmond Symphony Music Director & Lewis T. Booker Music Director Chair Steven Smith as he discusses the enchanting story of Don Quixote reflected in this weekend's concert!
Steven Smith, Conductor
Neal Cary, Cello
Molly Sharp, Viola
Soloist Sponsor: Thomas P. Bryan, Jr.
Excerpts from Lohengrin
Prelude to Act I
“Elsa’s Procession to the Cathedral”
Prelude to Act III
Foils for Orchestra: Hommage à Saint George
Don Quixote (Fantastic Variations on a Theme of Knightly
Character), Opus 35
BEHIND THE MUSIC: The theme of swords is carried throughout this program. The enchanting story of Don Quixote and Sancho Panza as they ‘tilt at windmills’ is a virtual journey of sound as Strauss portrays the characters with solo cello (Don Q) and solo viola (Sancho). George Walker’s “Foils for Orchestra” is a nod to two famous sword-wielding heroes: the legendary St. George of Dragon-slaying fame and the 18th-century composer and champion fencer Chevalier de St. George.
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