Olympia Symphony Orchestra: Mosaic for Heaven’s Floor
Join us for Alexandra Arrieche’s first subscription concert at the Washington Center for the Performing Arts as the Olympia Symphony’s new Music Director! The first woman to ever conduct the Olympia Symphony, Alexandra will take you on a journey to imagine our world “beyond the firsts.”
EVE’S LAMENT “Oh Flowers, That Never Will Grow” – Lera Auerbach (2019)
This piece was composed for Alexandra’s mentor, Marin Alsop, for her debut concert as conductor of the Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra. Auerbach dedicates this piece to the many women who cannot fulfill their talents in current society. Bittersweet and touching, it spotlights solos from unexpected places in the orchestra.
SYMPHONY NO. 5 in E-flat major, Op. 82 – Jean Sibelius (1919)
“It is as if God Almighty had thrown down pieces of a mosaic for heaven’s floor and asked me to find out what was the original pattern,” wrote Jean Sibelius in a 1915 personal diary entry during the composition of his 5th Symphony. Each with our unique shapes, colors, edges, and brokenness, we unite to create the mosaic of our community — the bigger picture of which we all are a part.
PIANO CONCERTO NO. 2 in C minor, Op. 18 SERGEI RACHMANINOFF (1901)
Rachmaninoff’s Second Piano Concerto was dedicated to Dr. Nicolai Dahl, the neurologist and therapist credited with enabling Rachmaninoff to resume composing following a period of deep depression. The freedom to be open about issues of mental health continues to be a challenge in our current society. Our performance, with Alexandra’s longtime friend and colleague, pianist Michael Sheppard (https://www.sheppardarts.com), celebrates that freedom and looks toward a future of increasing openness, honesty, and support during life’s challenges.