Richardson Symphony Presents Stars of the Future



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Eisemann Center for Performing Arts
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Richardson, Texas 75082

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ELGAR: Enigma Variations 
TBD*: Piano Concerto
         *Winner of the Ann & Charles Eisemann International Young Artist Competition


Edward Elgar’s Enigma, Variations on an Original Theme, Op. 36 are a set of fourteen musical portraits, each derived from and dedicated to different friends or acquaintances of Elgar, including his wife, musical colleagues, and even a dog named Dan. What makes these variations truly unique is the mysterious “enigma” that Elgar embedded within the music. Though he never revealed the true nature of this puzzle, it has sparked endless speculation and interpretation among scholars and listeners alike. From the majestic opening theme to the tender intimacy of the Nimrod variation, Elgar’s work takes us on a journey through a kaleidoscope of emotions. In the stirring crescendos and gentle whispers of the music, we glimpse the complexities of human relationships – the joy of friendship, the sorrow of loss, and the excitement of new beginnings. 

But perhaps the true magic of the Enigma Variations lies in Elgar’s masterful use of orchestration and his ability to speak to the universal human experience. In its soaring melodies and poignant harmonies, we find echoes of our own joys and sorrows, our triumphs, and struggles. It is a testament to the power of music to transcend time and space, to touch the deepest recesses of our souls and remind us of our shared humanity. As we prepare to bring Elgar’s Enigma Variations to life on the stage, we invite you to join us on this musical journey. Let the beauty of the music wash over you and let its melodies stir your heart and soul. For in the timeless notes of the Enigma Variations, we discover the essence of what it means to be human – for music has the power to unite us all. 

To conclude the “enigma” of this concert lies a mystery waiting to be revealed—the featured Piano Concerto Winner and the emerging soloist are yet to be determined. The answer to this question is provided courtesy of the prestigious Ann & Charles Eisemann International Young Artist Competition, where aspiring pianists from across the globe vie for the spotlight and a significant cash prize. Who will emerge triumphant? What piano concerto will be performed with the symphony? Only time will tell us who the champion will be and you won’t want to miss the musical debut of today’s top piano virtuoso. 

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