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FRIDAY, OCTOBER 25, 2019
7:30 PM · Singletary Center for the Arts
Deep Summer Music
Harp Concerto, op. 25
Allegra Lilly, harp
Symphony No. 7 in A Major
Ginastera broke the mold with his Harp Concerto, commissioned by the very first female musician in the Philadelphia Orchestra, Edna Phillips. Allegra Lilly, Principal Harp of the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra, joins LexPhil as soloist to bring the full color of this versatile instrument to life.
The evening opens with Grammy-award winning composer Libby Larsen’s Deep Summer Music, inspired by the languid last days of summer in her home state of Minnesota. Beethoven’s Symphony No. 7 brings the evening to a joyous and boisterous close.
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WHAT’S INTERESTING ABOUT THIS CONCERT:
THE MINNESOTA CONNECTION: Libby Larsen's Deep Summer Music, the piece that opens this concert, was inspired by the last days of summer in her home state of Minnesota. Akiko Fujimoto, our Conductor Finalist for this concert, is currently the Associate Conductor of the Minnesota Orchestra!
WOMEN WHO BROKE THE MOLD: Ginastera's Harp Concerto was written for Edna Phillips, the very first female musician in the Philadelphia Orchestra. Just as female representation was uncommon in orchestras when this piece was written in 1950 (and still can be), harp concertos are also very uncommon.
LOCAL CONNECTIONS: Allegra Lilly last played in Lexington as part of the Chamber Music Festival in 2014.
AN INSTANT CLASSIC: The second movement of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 7—the Allegretto—has captivated listeners since the symphony’s 1813 premiere, when it was so popular that the orchestra used it as an encore.
ABOUT THE ARTIST
ALLEGRA LILLY, HARP
Allegra Lilly joined the St. Louis Symphony as Principal Harp in 2013. She has appeared as Guest Principal Harp with the Chicago, Houston, Toronto and Charlotte symphonies, Boston Pops, and St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, and has also performed with the New York Philharmonic, Pittsburgh Symphony, and All-Star Orchestra.
A frequent substitute with the Boston Symphony, she acted as Guest Principal Harp for the BSO’s 2015 Tanglewood season and European tour, and she has earned the unique distinction of appearing as Principal Harp on back-to-back albums that won the GRAMMY Award for Best Orchestral Performance: the SLSO’s City Noir in 2015 and the BSO’s Shostakovich: Under Stalin’s Shadow in 2016.
Since making her solo debut at the age of twelve with the Detroit Symphony, Lilly has appeared as soloist with the St. Louis Symphony, Juilliard Orchestra, National Repertory Orchestra, and numerous ensembles in New York and in her home state of Michigan. She has also taken prizes at the Concours International de Harpe in Nice, the American Harp Society’s Anne Adams Awards, and the American String Teachers Association National Solo Competition.
In addition to holding the harp faculty position at Brevard Music Center, Lilly has given masterclasses at Northwestern University, Tanglewood Music Center, Boston University, and the University of Ottawa. Born in Detroit, Lilly began her own study of the harp with Ruth Myers at age seven. She went on to join the studio of New York Philharmonic Principal Harpist Nancy Allen at The Juilliard School, where she earned Bachelor and Master of Music degrees.