New & Levin Digital Concert
May 31 | 2021
AVAILABLE TO STREAM OCTOBER 2, 2020 - MAY 31, 2021.
GEMMA NEW CONDUCTS
EMILY LEVIN HARP- Elisa von Seggern Chair
GEORGE WALKER Lyric for Strings
GINASTERA Harp Concerto
MOZART Symphony No. 38 “Prague”
Recorded September 24-27, 2020, as part of the Texas Instruments Classical Series
George Walker was the first African-American to win the Pulitzer Prize for Music. Composed when Walker was only 24 years of age and inspired by Samuel Barber’s popular Adagio for Strings (they were classmates at the Curtis Institute for Music), Lyric for Strings was born from the slow movement of his first string quartet and is a serene lament to Walker’s grandmother. Argentinian-born composer Alberto Ginastera takes you on a wild ride far from the oft-expected lush tones of more traditional harp music. His muscular Concerto with glissandi, runs, sound effects and folk-inspired dance tunes features the DSO’s very own Emily Levin, Principal Harp, center stage. The program concludes with Mozart’s exuberant Symphony No. 38, an upbeat orchestral showpiece written during his visit to Prague.
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