|Event Name:||Live Music: Lara Plays Lalo|
|Event Description:||Sir Edward Elgar (1857-1934) was the son of a music store proprietor in Broadheath, England, from whom he acquired an early fascination and talent for music. Mostly self-taught, he was admittedly not an original
composer, and derived much of his music from Schumann and Wagner. However, his musical language was, at its best, one of great beauty which cannot fail to charm. He was knighted in 1904, and received the Order of the Merit in 1911.
In 1899 Elgar produced his work called "Enigma." It was an immediate success, which brought him out of obscurity to fame. The work established Elgar's reputation as an important composer in and out of England. The work is comprised of fourteen variations on an original theme, with each variation a musical description of a dear acquaintance, known to Elgar. The title "Enigma" was given by Elgar because he refused to disclose who those individuals were, however he noted their initials on the score of the work.
Edouard Lalo (1823-1892) studied at the Paris Conservatory, winning the second Prix de Rome in 1847. For many years he earned his living as a teacher and playing in a string quartet. The "Symphonie Espagnole" was popular in his day as Paris was awash in all things Spanish. The work is written in five movements. It has been described as "highly melodious, picturesquely atmospheric, and gratifyingly featuring the virtuosity of the soloist." Tchaikovsky called it, "the greatest pleasure ? it is so delightfully fresh and light, with piquant rhythms and beautifully harmonized melodies."
Our soloist, Lara St. John, has performed as a soloist with major symphony orchestras in the United States, South America, Europe and Asia. She is a graduate of the renowned Curtis Institute in Philadelphia.
|Contact Person or Organization:||Aiken Symphony Orchestra|
|Start Date/Time:||4/29/2021 7:30 PM|
|Directions:||The Etherredge Center
340 Scholar Loop
Aiken, SC 29801