PULLMAN, Wash. — The Washington State University Orchestra, conducted by Erich Lear, will present its closing concert of the spring on Tuesday, April 21. The 8 p.m. program is planned for Bryan Hall Auditorium and is open to the public without charge.
The program will feature violinist Matthew McLin, winner of the Mu Phi concerto competition and a WSU freshman, performing Fritz Kreisler’s “Praeludium and Allegro.”
The concert will open with Gioacchino Rossini’s overture to “The Barber of Seville.” Originally publishing the work as an overture to two other operas, Rossini chose to place it in its final version as an opening to his 1816 opera about Seville’s “Barber.” In this form, the overture has become a staple of the concert repertoire as well as in opera houses.
The selection following will be Frederick Delius’ “On Hearing First Cuckoo in Spring.” The music employs an impressionistic combination of melody and harmony similar to that of early works by Debussy, Lear said.
The concert’s closing work is the final movement of Antonin Dvorak’s Symphony Opus 95 in E Minor, “From the New World.” The movement balances Dvorak’s longing for his homeland, his enjoyment of the time he spent in the United States and the tension he felt upon returning home. Quoted in the fourth movement is the “Going Home” melody of the symphony’s famous slow movement.