Sat, Jan 28, 8 pm
Mahaffey Theater

Sun, Jan 29, 7:30 pm
Ruth Eckerd Hall


Maestro Francis leads two stunningly beautiful works joined by returning fan favorites. The masterpiece that has started many a love affair with Mahler’s work, his Symphony No. 4, paints a touching view of heaven through a child’s eye, featuring the lush voice of Madison Leonard in the symphony’s finale. Maximilian Hornung returns for Elgar’s very personal Cello Concerto, a haunting reflection of his life in his last major work.

Sir Edward Elgar
Concerto for Violoncello in E minor, Op. 85
I. Adagio
II. Lento
III. Adagio
IV. Allegro
Maximilian Hornung, cello

– Intermission –

Gustav Mahler
Symphony No. 4 in G major ♫
I. Bedächtig; nicht eilen
II. In gemächlicher Bewegung; ohne Hast
III. Ruhevoll
IV. Sehr behaglich
Madison Leonard, soprano

♫ Music represented by European American Music Distributors Corporation

Program Notes

Author Kurt Loft, freelance writer and former music critic for The Tampa Tribune, provides detailed and informative program notes about the pieces on this program. Click here to read online.

Printable Program Notes

Click here for a printable version of the repertoire and program notes.

Audio Program Notes

Listen to the audio version of the program notes, with music excerpts.

On the Blog: Q&A with Maximilian Hornung

In a Q&A, this weekend’s cellist Maximilian Hornung talks about the unexpected benefits of flying with a cello, the “deep honesty” of Elgar’s Cello Concerto, and how weather can make performing tricky. Click here to read.

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Sat, Jan 28, 8 pm
Mahaffey Theater

Sun, Jan 29, 7:30 pm
Ruth Eckerd Hall

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