Michael Francis, conductor
Augustin Hadelich, violin
Lalo: Symphonie Espagnole
Debussy/Matthews: The Sunken Cathedral
Saint-Saëns: Symphony No. 3, “Organ Symphony”
Michael Francis explores the cathedral inside and out, with French composer Saint-Saens’ Symphony No. 3, “Organ Symphony,” and Debussy/Matthews’ The Sunken Cathedral (TFO premiere). Interestingly, despite being called the “Organ Symphony,” it is not a symphony for organ. In fact, organ is used in only two of the four movements, though the dramatic ending is a showstopper. Also on the program is Grammy Award winner and returning violinist Augustin Hadelich on Lalo’s Symphonie espagnole; and Shepherd’s Magiya (TFO premiere), influenced by the great tradition of the Russian overtures and a Russian sense of magic—or magiya.
Sponsored by Dr. Robert Wharton.