What’s Interesting About This Concert
- Waste not, want not: The rarely performed Overture, Scherzo and Finale was originally going to be Schumann’s second symphony but he repurposed the material to create this piece instead.
- Price was the first African American woman to achieve national recognition as a symphonic composer. After her death, she quickly faded into obscurity until dozens of her works—including this violin concerto—were recently discovered in Price’s dilapidated former summer house.
- Orchestras regularly program Vaughan Williams’ shorter works (and audiences love them), but it’s rare to hear his symphonies performed in the United States. The achingly beautiful, soul-soothing Symphony No.5 conjures images of pastoral scenes and idyllic, English country landscapes.
SchumannOverture, Scherzo, and Finale
PriceViolin Concerto No. 2
Vaughan WilliamsSymphony No. 5
De Ann Letourneau, violin