Date(s) - Oct 05, 2014
Lesher Center for the Arts
1601 Civic Dr., Walnut Creek
Our season opener at the Lesher Center features our soloist, the critically acclaimed pianist Gwendolyn Mok, who will be performing Spanish composer Manuel de Falla’s Nights in the Gardens of Spain, a three-movement nocturne which has been described as “vividly atmospheric” as well as “rich, dark, and mysterious.” Also included in this evening’s performance is another of de Falla’s compositions, “Dance No. 1” from La Vida Breve.
We will also present Béla Bartók’s Hungarian Pictures, which highlight his lifelong interest in authentic folk music, French composer Maurice Ravel’s “Alborada del Gracioso,” heavily influenced by Spanish themes, and Russian composer Anatoly Liadov’s rarely performed work “The Enchanted Lake,” his favorite among his own compositions.
Ravel – Alborada del Gracioso
De Falla – Nights in the Gardens of Spain
Gwendolyn Mok, piano
Bartók – Hungarian Pictures
Liadov – Enchanted Lake
De Falla – Dance No. 1 from La Vida Breve