STAMFORD, Conn. – The Stamford Symphony will present a program of reflections with cellist Julie Albers Saturday, April 16 at 8 p.m. and Sunday, April 17 at 3 p.m. at the Palace Theatre.
Albers will perform Edward Elgar’s “Cello Concerto in E minor,” Golijov’s “Sidereus” and Dvořák’s “Symphony No. 8 in G Major” with the Stamford Symphony. She began to study cello in Colorado at age 4, and moved to Cleveland in high school to study at the Cleveland Institute of Music. She made her orchestral debut with the Cleveland Orchestra in 1998, and has since performed in recital, in chamber music festivals and with orchestras worldwide. She is recognized for her “superlative artistry, her charismatic and radiant performing style and her intense musicianship.”
“Cello Concerto in E minor” was Elgar’s last notable work. Originally, this piece was called “War Requiem,” reflecting upon WWI and the end of civilization. The iconic cello concerto is described as “contemplative and elegiac,” introspective and sad. Elgar laments a lost way of life after the death of his wife. It was not widely received at its premiere. The recording of this work in the 1960s not only made highly talented cellist Jacqueline Du Pré famous, but her most expressive and tonal interpretation also made this work widely popular to the public.
Living composer Oswaldo Golijov has been the Loyola professor of music at the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Massachusetts since 1991. “Sidereus” is a celestial piece, referring to Galileo’s invention of the telescope and his discoveries about the surface of the moon and the moons of Jupiter.
Dvořák felt most content when he worked in a simple rural environment, reflecting upon Czech folklore. Symphony No. 8 in G Major is joyful, melodic and lyrical, drawing its inspiration from Bohemian folk music. The Symphony is dedicated to Emperor Franz Joseph, in thanks for Dvorak’s admission to Prague Academy.
Ticket prices range from $22 to $73. Click here to purchase tickets or call the box office at 203-325-4466.
The Palace Theatre is located at 61 Atlantic St., Stamford.
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