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Inspired by the atmosphere of his home country, a composer forges an original style highlighting the characters of each instrument.

February 13, 2022 | 3pm

Carolina Theatre of Durham

The Program

von Suppe

Poet and Peasant Overture


Piano Concerto No.24


Variaciones Concertantes

What You'll Hear

About This Program

The setting is Upper Bavaria and Theophil von Salbenstein, a rich landowner, is in love with Hermine von Meyen. The only problem is that Hermine has feelings for the poet Fedinand Romer, who is in turn writing love poems to Lieschen Berner. Franz von Suppe's Poet and Peasant Overture sets the stage for this delightfully messy love story.

While Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's Piano Concertos Nos. 20-24 tend to dominate today's concert stages, it was the Concerto No.26, nicknamed "Coronation"  that was most popular during the 19th century. 

Having studied with Aaron Copland at Tanglewood in the summer of 1941, Alberto Ginastera would go on to become the musical voice of his nation, similar to his American counterpart. Employing original thematic and rhythmic elements, and showing off the individual prowess of the orchestra's members, Variaciones Concertantes takes on a subjective Argentinian character. This work is sure to have you bopping in your seat.

Guest Artists

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