All Things Strings

The lush sounds of 188 strings and 88 keys take a turn in the spotlight

The Lesher Center for the Arts

1 hour and 55 minutes, with intermission

COVID-19 Safety Policy

What’s Interesting About This Concert

  • Elgar’s Introduction and Allegro was composed in 1905 to show off the virtuosity of players in the string section of the newly formed London Symphony Orchestra.
  • 20th Century Polish composer and violinist Grażyna Bacewicz showcases each section—violins, violas, cellos and double basses—and makes each the soloist in her Concerto for String Orchestra.
  • Achingly beautiful, Eclogue for Strings by British composer Gerald Finzi was originally intended to be a grand piano concerto. The one-movement piece that emerged instead—never performed during the composer’s lifetime—is played by San Francisco-born Elizabeth Dorman.
  • Dvořák’s talent for melody-making is at the fore in Serenade for Strings, a rich and soulful piece than takes listeners on a journey from its mellow opening, through a graceful waltz, to a jubilant finale.

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The Program

ElgarIntroduction and Allegro

BacewiczConcerto for String Orchestra

FinziEclogue for Strings

DvořákSerenade for Strings

Featured Artists

Music Director, Donato Cabrera

Elizabeth Dorman

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