The world of classical music is so vast, even experts like Wilmington Symphony Orchestra conductor Steven Errante stumble upon new pieces all the time. One piece that recently came into Errante's purview is by Cuban composer, conductor, and guitarist, Leo Brouwer (born in 1939 in Havana). The piece is Brouwer's Concerto #3, Elegiaco. Julian Bream (for whom the piece was written) premiered the piece in London in 1986. Errante invited guitarist Justin Hoke to join WSO to perform this piece for the Season Finale concert on Saturday, April 22nd at the Wilson Center. The concert begins at 7:30 and includes Smetena's Moldau and Shostakovich's The Gadfly as well. Here are program notes for the concert.
Brouwer is known widely in popular culture for the music he composed for the film Like Water For Chocolate. Listen above to hear Errante and Hoke talk about Elegiaco, and hear snippets from the premiere recording performed by Julian Bream. Tickets for the concert are available here.
NPR recently featured Leo Brouwer on All Things Considered, 4/11/17.