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Greenville, SC (Violin Concerto No.1)
Lee Mills, Conductor
Simone Porter, Violinist
Mary D. Watkins: Soul of Remembrance
Philip Glass: Violin Concerto No. 1
Robert Schumann: Symphony No. 2
Philip Glass and Robert Schumann are composers separated by two centuries. One, an American from Baltimore whose music defies genre: it’s two parts driving rhythm and one part rich string texture. You could even say it’s got a hint of rock n’ roll. Add a true rockstar of the violin, the one and only Simone Porter, and the fear of missing out factor is on another level.
Robert Schumann, best friend of Johannes Brahms and husband of the legendary Clara Schumann was a musical celebrity in 19th century Germany who struggled with mental illness. He found relief and sanctuary in music and the result is some of the most complex and fascinating compositions of the German Romantic period. Despite the composer’s depression, this symphony cuts through the darkness and leaves us feeling hopeful and uplifted. This energetic and elegant second symphony turns the traditional structure on its head by opening with a quiet first movement. Don’t take it from us—come hear this revolutionary and redemptive work for yourself.