Elissa Lee Koljonen, violin
Aaron Copland: Fanfare for the Common Man (1942)
William Grant Still: In Memoriam: The Colored Soldiers Who Died for Democracy (1943)
Bob Lowden: Armed Forces Salute
Samuel Barber: Violin Concerto, Op. 14 (1939)
Richard Strauss: Death and Transfiguration, Op. 24
Brilliant world-class violinist and cancer survivor, Elissa Lee Koljonen’s musical journey is a story of courage and triumph. She’ll be the perfect advocate for one of the great American violin concertos: the lush, tuneful and romantic Concerto composed by Samuel Barber, written shortly after his inimitable Adagio for Strings. Another great American composer active in the World War II era was William Grant Still — “the Dean of Afro-American Composers,” whose work is only now receiving its due in the wake of the 125th anniversary of his birth. Richard Strauss’ magnificent tone poem from 1889 brings together an evening in which we remember many heroic journeys — from the heroism of our veterans, to the millions of heroes and lost loved ones from the coronavirus pandemic.
Guest Artist: Elissa Lee Koljonen