Janis McKay
Janis McKay
Bassoonist • Educator • Author

Las Vegas Philharmonic: Sounds from Twilight

  • The Smith Center 361 Symphony Park Avenue Las Vegas, NV, 89106 United States

TWILIGHT’S MAGICAL PROPERTIES and marking of time resonate in this musical feast. Las Vegas resident and renowned composer Michael Torke’s work returns with Sylvan. The piece, inspired by his summers spent in the Adirondacks harkens to the sites, smells and sounds forever imprinted on his memory. Comprised of three movements named in homage to the Eastern White Pine, Yellow Birch, and Red Spruce trees, he was intrigued by the notion that each of the three trees have their own distinct music. Alexi Kenney, who captivated all during a guest appearance in our 2015-16 season, is back to perform Robert Schumann’s only Violin Concerto. Considered a significant composition from the twilight of his career, the concerto was written for acclaimed violinist, Joseph Joachim, and the finale is influenced in part by Schumann’s acquaintance with a young Johannes Brahms. The work remained unknown to most for nearly 80 years. “Of the many great concerti available to violinists, Schumann’s is an unjustly neglected jewel. Its intimate lyricism remains even in the most virtuosic passages, and its middle movement is one of the most heartbreakingly beautiful pieces I can think of. I’m so excited to be bringing this wonderful work to life in Las Vegas,” expresses Kenney. Beethoven’s Symphony No. 7, part of the composer’s late symphonic output closes the performance. His contemporaries considered it one of his more inspirational symphonies and Beethoven agreed, stating it was one of his greatest works.

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  • TORKE Sylvan
  • SCHUMANN Violin Concerto in D Minor
  • BEETHOVEN Symphony No. 7 in A Major, Opus 92