Saturday, March 24, 2018 at 7:30 pm
Sunday, March 25, 2018 at 2:30 pm
Hemmens Cultural Center
Andrew Grams, conductor
Thomas Mesa, cello
Brahms Haydn Variations
Elgar Cello Concerto
Elgar Enigma Variations
This program features Elgar’s Cello Concerto, arguably the most exquisite concerto ever written for cello, performed by the 2016 Sphinx Competition winner, Thomas Mesa. These concerts also explore the theme and variation form in two works: Brahms’ Haydn Variations and Elgar’s Enigma Variations. In both of these pieces, at the beginning a musical theme is presented and then changed many times in various ways. The Haydn Variations holds eight different permutations of the theme. The Elgar Engima Variations has 14 different sections, each reflecting the personality or essence of the composer’s family and friends.
Cheryl Wendt, Chief Development Officer: This concert is special to me because it showcases a talented, up-and-coming young performer from the Sphinx Competition, a national organization dedicated to transforming lives through the power of diversity in the arts. Through our development efforts, we are able to sponsor a variety of events around his performance, including a free masterclass for students, open to the public, at the Gail Borden Library.
This program is partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council Agency.