Elgar’s Enigma Variations
Saturday, November 05, 2016, 7:30 pm
Diane Wittry, Music Director/Conductor
SIBELIUS Karelia Overture
SCHUMANN Cello Concerto in A minor, Op. 129
with ALEXANDER HERSH, cello soloist, 2016 Schadt String Competition Winner
Local Composer Competition Winners:
STEVE REISTETER Variations on a Theme by Elgar (World Premiere) arr. LARRY LIPKIS
ELGAR Enigma Variations
ASO 2016 ELGAR COMPOSER COMPETITION
The competition was open to all residents of the Greater Lehigh Valley who have an interest in composing classical music. Applicants wrote their own short variation, between 30 seconds and 2 minutes in length, using the theme from Elgar's Enigma Variations. Elgar's Enigma Variations includes fourteen variations on an original theme with each variation reflecting the personality of one of his close friends or acquaintances. Just as Elgar did for his work, applicants were to write a variation on Elgar's original theme to reflect the personality of one of their own friends or acquaintances.
With over 25 submissions, Judges Larry Lipkis, Moravian College, Kirk O'Riordan, Lafayette College, and Diane Wittry, ASO Music Director/Conductor judged the works based upon their originality, use of the theme, and the ability to capture and express the personality traits of a person. The winners of this year's competition are
K-8 Category Winner:
Yash Pazhianur from Lambertville, NJ. Yash just completed 7th grade and was recently admitted into Julliard Precollege to major in Composition for the 2016-17 academic year.
High School and College Category Winners:
Christopher Lazzaro from Zionsville, PA. Christopher is currently a composition student at Temple University.
Griffin Woodard from Bethlehem, PA. A 2016 graduate of Lehigh Valley Charter High School for the Arts, Griffin will be attending Oberlin Conservatory this fall to major in Music Composition.
Adult—Advanced Musician Category Winner:
Steve Reisteter from Bethlehem, PA. An accomplished music educator, composer, arranger, and clarinetist, Steve performs regularly as a member of the Allentown Band and Allentown Symphony Orchestra.
Winning variations will be combined into a larger work by local composer and Moravian College professor, Larry Lipkis, and premiered by the Allentown Symphony Orchestra during its November Classical Series Concerts