Brahms and Elgar Variations

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Saturday, March 24, 2018
Hemmens Cultural Center, 45 Symphony Way, Elgin, IL, 60120

Saturday, March 24, 2018 at 7:30 pm
Sunday, March 25, 2018 at 2:30 pm
Hemmens Cultural Center

Andrew Grams, conductor
Thomas Mesa, cello

Brahms Haydn Variations
Elgar    Cello Concerto
Elgar     Enigma Variations

This program features Elgar’s Cello Concerto, arguably the most exquisite concerto ever written for cello, performed by the 2016 Sphinx Competition winner, Thomas Mesa.  These concerts also explore the theme and variation form in two works: Brahms’ Haydn Variations and Elgar’s Enigma Variations. In both of these pieces, at the beginning a musical theme is presented and then changed many times in various ways. The Haydn Variations holds eight different permutations of the theme.  The Elgar Engima Variations has 14 different sections, each reflecting the personality or essence of the composer’s family and friends.

Brahms and Elgar Variations