Sarah Ioannides, guest conductor
Sharon Isbin, guitar
Elgar In the South
Schwantner From Afar: Fantasy for Guitar and Orchestra
Sibelius Symphony No. 1 in E Minor, op. 39
Multiple GRAMMY Award-winner Sharon Isbin makes her Louisville Orchestra debut in October. Isbin studied with Andrès Segovia and has been hailed as “the pre-eminent guitarist of our time."
While Joseph Schwantner's original work for guitar and orchestra is for a soloist and orchestra, it is not set in a typical concerto form in a classical sense. The piece, as the title informs the listener, is a fantasy. Beginning with a bold orchestral gesture, the guitar enters with a musical figure that is entwined within the orchestra music. The strum of a guitar and its ringing strings, with each note articulated quickly after the note preceding it and sustaining, especially influenced Schwantner's orchestration. In this sense, the orchestra acts as one colossal guitar. Forte strummed guitar chords, virtuosically quick arpeggios, a guitar cadenza, orchestral hits, and shimmering percussion writing are the fundamental musical materials that are used to craft the form of the fantasy.
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