Elgar’s Enigma Variations

Sat, Oct 29, 2016, 8 PM & Sun, Oct 30, 2016, 2 PM
Part of the series TŌN at the Fisher Center

at The Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts at Bard College, Sosnoff Theater
in Annandale-on-Hudson, NY

  • Works by Mahler, Britten, Elgar, and Walton
  • TŌN performs a suite, part of a symphony, a cello concerto, and a set of variations
  • Conducted by Leon Botstein; “relentlessly innovative” –The New York Times
  • Harold Farberman, founder and artistic director of Bard's Conductors Institute, conducts the Mahler Adagio
  • With cellist John Belk, a winner of Bard Conservatory's 2016 Concerto Competition

The Music

Britten: Four Sea Interludes from Peter Grimes
Alluring yet foreboding. Britten modified these opera interludes to be performed as concert pieces.

Mahler: Adagio from Symphony No. 10 (Harold Farberman, conductor)
Impassioned and sprawling. Mahler peppered the symphony’s manuscript with tormented phrases—“To live for you! To die for you!”

Walton: Cello Concerto
Brittle and introspective. This concerto was written for Russian-born cellist Gregor Piatigorsky, who smuggled himself into Europe and then settled in the U.S.

Elgar: Enigma Variations
Absorbing and deeply-felt. Each variation represents a musical sketch of one of Elgar’s acquaintances.

The Artists

LEON BOTSTEIN, conductor
HAROLD FARBERMANconductor (Mahler)
JOHN BELK ‘17cello