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GABRIELA LENA FRANK: La Centinela y la Paloma (The Keeper and the Dove)
STRAVINSKY: Firebird (1919)
SAINT-SAËNS: Violin Concerto No. 3 in B minor, op. 61
The daughter of an American Jew of Lithuanian heritage and a Peruvian of Chinese descent, Gabriela Lena Frank says, her “music can be seen as a by-product of my always trying to figure out how Latina I am and how gringa I am.” The four-song cycle La Centinela y la Paloma was inspired by Mexico’s Day of the Dead festival and by Mexican artist Frida Kahlo. It was premiered in 2011 by Dawn Upshaw and the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra. Celebrated by the San Francisco Chronicle for her “effortless precision and tonal luster,” Jessica Rivera gave the premiere of Gabriela Lena Frank’s Requiem in 2017 and performed with the Colorado Symphony Orchestra last February.
Stravinsky’s beloved Firebird (1919) draws on Russian folklore and depicts the downfall of a powerful, ogre-like figure of evil, through the intervention of a beautiful rare bird. The Firebird’s score blends the orchestral techniques Stravinsky had learned as a student of Rimsky-Korsakov with the energy of Russian folk music to yield a dazzling, evocative atmosphere.
This summer’s Violin Competition Winner will be showcased in the lyrical and virtuosic Saint-Saëns Third Violin Concerto, written for the Spanish violinist and composer Pablo de Sarasate, and the most popular of Saint-Saëns’s three violin concerti.