Orchestra Lumos: Enigmatic Elgar
- Tony Siqi Yun, piano
Sergei Rachmaninoff — Piano Concerto No. 2 in C minor, Op. 18 (Tony Siqi Yun, piano)
Edward Elgar — Variations on an Original Theme, Op. 36 "Enigma Variations"
One of the greatest pianists and composers of his generation, Sergei Rachmaninoff was on the verge of collapse after the poor reception of his first Symphony, and spiraled into depression. Inconsolable, he was unable to write any music for three years, until his therapist help him to begin work on his magnificent Piano Concerto No. 2. It saved his career and most probably his life. Hearing this work performed live is an overwhelming experience of nostalgic passion, soaring melody, and uncontrollable excitement.
To bring the program to an exuberant close in Edward Elgar's hidden portraits of his friends, immortalized in his "Enigma Variations." The hidden theme is never revealed; some have guessed it to be derived from Home Sweet Home and Auld Lang Syne, but Elgar took the secret to his grave. But he left us with music of incredible imagination, creativity, and beauty.
This program will receive 2 performances: Saturday, November 11, and Sunday, November 12 at The Palace Theatre.
About Orchestra Lumos
Orchestra Lumos unites the passion and energy of the region's most talented musicians to create exhilarating experiences for audiences from all walks of life. Formerly known as Stamford Symphony, we’re expanding in multiple dimensions – bringing you more of the music you love throughout Fairfield County.http://orchestralumos.org