Passport to Passion: Vaughan Williams, Saint-Saëns, Dvořák
Sunday, April 13, 2014, 7:00 p.m.
Pick-Staiger Hall, 50 Arts Circle Drive
Leif Bjaland, Conductor; Marguerite Lynn Williams, Harp
Bjaland takes you to England where Ralph Vaughan Williams’ Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallismakes your heart soar with its warm string sonorities. Next, Lyric Opera’s Principal Harpist Marguerite Lynn Williams is your guide to France, transporting you with her mastery on Camille Saint-Saëns Morceau de Concert. Finally we arrive in Bohemia where the Czech Romantic master Antonín Dvořák reigns supreme. His Seventh Symphony takes you on an emotional journey through the human spirit. Pensive, exuberant, melancholy, reflective, celebratory… All of these feelings are encompassed in this soaring work. As a special bonus, Art Historian Jeff Nigro of the Art Institute of Chicago takes us on an illustrated journey through paintings evocative of the lush Romantic music on this program.