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Elgar Enigma Variations

May 8, 2020 - May 10, 2020

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Christopher Dragon, conductor
Simone Porter, violin


BRAHMS Academic Festival Overture, Op. 80
BEETHOVEN Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 61
ELGAR Variations on an Original Theme, Op. 36, “Enigma Variations”


Join Associate Conductor Christopher Dragon in a performance featuring varied moods highlighted by Elgar’s “Enigma Variations,“ wistfully portraying 14 of the composer’s acquaintances, including his wife and friends, while offering a rich emotional experience, taking the audience through melancholy, tenderness, coy reserve, and bluster. Featured soloist Simone Porter lends her lyrical style to Beethoven’s beautifully tranquil Violin Concerto, an incredible piece from the composer’s middle period. The performance begins with a jovial romp through Brahms’ Academic Festival Overture, a joyous medley of student songs overflowing with merriment — a fitting and energetic opener with the Dragon.