Caroline Shaw Entr’acte
Stravinsky Concerto for Strings in D Major
Bach Concerto for Violin in E Major
Copland Appalachian Spring
Benjamin Beilman violin / director
Violinist and LCO friend Benjamin Beilman returns for an evening showcasing his mastery of the violin. We invited Ben to choose the music for this concert, and it highlights the rich, luscious sound of the string sections in the orchestra. Continuing LCO’s tradition of embracing old with new, Caroline Shaw’s Entr’acte (written 2011) was inspired by the classical string quartet writing of Haydn. Stravinsky’s Appalachian Spring, originally a ballet about a newly-married couple in America who were gifted a farm, takes us on a journey through open landscapes and countryside in 8 clear sections. Listen for the traditional shaker song ‘Simple Gifts’ which weaves its way through the music, as we are transported to the vast plains of rural Pennsylvania. The music is so evocative that you might feel you are immersed in a daydream.