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  • Fri, May 17, 8 pm

    Straz Center

  • Sat, May 18, 8 pm

    Mahaffey Theater

  • Sun, May 19, 7:30 pm

    Ruth Eckerd Hall

Elgar’s Enigma Variations: Masterworks

Michael Francis leads a program connected by friendship. In Ravel’s Le Tombeau de Couperin, each movement aims to capture the essence of a friend he lost in World War I. Concertmaster Jeffrey Multer on violin and Principal Cello Yoni Draiblate team up for Brahms’ Double Concerto, composed as a peace offering to a longtime friend. It was Brahms’ final work. In Enigma Variations – including the emotional Nimrod movement — Elgar adapts an original tune into 14 musical caricatures of his friends.

Bonus! For every Masterworks concert, Michael Francis has personally chosen a surprise “mystery piece” to enhance the live experience. What will it be this weekend?

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Variaciones del Enigma de Elgar

Michael Francis dirige un programa conectado por la amistad. En Le Tombeau de Couperin de Ravel, cada movimiento pretende capturar la esencia de un amigo que perdió en la Primera Guerra Mundial. El concertino Jeffrey Multer en violín y el violonchelo principal Yoni Draiblate se unen para el Concierto Doble de Brahms, compuesto como ofrenda de paz a un veterano amigo. Fue el último trabajo de Brahms. En Enigma Variations, incluido el emotivo movimiento Nimrod, Elgar adapta una melodía original en 14 caricaturas musicales de sus amigos.

¡”Prima – Bonus”! Para cada concierto de Masterworks, Michael Francis ha elegido personalmente una “pieza misteriosa” sorpresa para mejorar la experiencia en vivo. ¿Qué será este fin de semana?

Maurice Ravel
Le Tombeau de Couperin

I. Prélude
II. Forlane
III. Menuet
IV. Rigaudon

Johannes Brahms
Double Concerto, Op. 102 in A minor
I. Allegro
II. Andante
III. Vivace non troppo
Jeffrey Multer, violin, & Yoni Draiblate, violoncello

– Intermission –

Sir Edward Elgar
Enigma Variations, Op. 36
Enigma: Andante
Var.I. “C.A.E.” L’istesso tempo
II. “H.D.S.- P.” Allegro
III. “R.B.T.” Allegretto
IV. “W.M.B.” Allegro di molto
V. “R.P.A.” Moderato
VI. “Ysobel” Andantino
VII. “Troyte” Presto
VIII. “W.N.” Allegretto
IX. “Nimrod” Moderato
X. “Dorabella – Intermezzo” Allegretto
XI. “G.R.S.” Allegro di molto
XII. “B.G.N.” Andante
XIII. ” *** – Romanza” Moderato
XIV. “E.D.U.” – Finale

Printable Program

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

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.

On the Blog

This weekend is a rare chance to experience Brahms’ last major orchestra work, his Double Concerto for violin and cello, with TFO’s own Jeffrey Multer and Yoni Draiblate. What is the magic to this often-neglected masterpiece? Click here to read more on TFO’s Blog.

Audio Program Notes

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Pre-Concert Conversations

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  • Fri, May 17, 8 pm

    Straz Center

  • Sat, May 18, 8 pm

    Mahaffey Theater

  • Sun, May 19, 7:30 pm

    Ruth Eckerd Hall

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