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Guitar Serenade

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March 2, 2019 at 7:30 pm
March 3, 2019 at 2:30 pm
Hemmens Cultural Center

Teddy Abrams, conductor
Jason Vieaux, guitar

Smetana   The Moldau
Villa-Lobos   Concerto for Guitar & Small Orchestra
Corigliano   Troubadours
Tchaikovsky   Francesca da Rimini

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NOTEworthy Concert Facts

Composer Bedřick Smetana was determined to become the first original Czech composer and create a Czech musical identity.  He achieved this through his collection of tone poems, Má Vlast (My Homeland) of which The Moldau is the most well-known. The piece musically depicts a trip down the famous river, from its mountain source to the city of Prague.

Brazilian composer Heitor Villa-Lobos is arguably the most famous South American composer.  He was self-taught, and when young, he absorbed the music of his country’s indigenous cultures. As he matured and mingled with composers like Darius Milhaud, his music synthesized both Brazilian folk music and European styles. Concerto for Guitar & Small Orchestra, written for guitarist Andres Segovia, is a great example of his “melting-pot” imagination.

Troubadours for guitar and chamber orchestra was written by American composer John Corigliano. Composed in 1993, it is a series of variations on an original Troubadour melody.

Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky composed Francesca da Rimini in three weeks after seeing a music drama by Richard Wagner. It’s a symphonic poem that tells the gothic tragedy of the heroine and her lover, doomed to a tormented after-life in the second circle of hell.

An unusually versatile musician, Guest Conductor Teddy Abrams is the Music Director of the Louisville Orchestra and Music Director and Conductor of the Britt Orchestra. He is also an established pianist, clarinetist, and composer.

Grammy-winner Jason Vieaux, “among the elite of today’s classical guitarists” (Gramophone), is the guitarist that goes beyond the classical. NPR describes Vieaux as, “perhaps the most precise and soulful classical guitarist of his generation.” His most recent solo album, Play, won the 2015 Grammy Award for Best Classical Instrumental Solo.

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