Enigma Variations


Saturday, September 22, 2018 8:00PM
Powell Hall

Enigma Variations
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Gemma New, conductor
Behzod Abduraimov, piano

SMITH The Star Spangled Banner
SIBELIUS Finlandia
GRIEG Piano Concerto
KERNIS Musica celestis
ELGAR Enigma Variations

Resident Conductor Gemma New leads Opening Weekend with the musical puzzle, Elgar’s Enigma Variations, and Grieg’s Piano Concerto featuring pianist Behzod Abduraimov in his SLSO debut. Join us in the Wightman Grand Foyer at intermission for a champagne toast to the new season!

  • Resident Conductor Gemma New takes the podium to lead the SLSO this Opening Weekend.
  • Created by the composer as a musical puzzle, Elgar’s Enigma Variations will astonish and delight with its unforgettable melodies including the famously noble “Nimrod.”
  • Pianist Behzod Abduraimov makes his Powell Hall debut performing Grieg’s sweeping Piano Concerto. The New York Times acclaims the international sensation for his “fluid finger work, lots of dash and appeal.”
  • "Elgar's Enigma Variations is a sincere and personal musical diary. Dedicated to Elgar's friends, we certainly meet some humorous, mysterious and colorful personalities along the way." - Resident Conductor Gemma New