Mentorship and Friendship

Jun 5, 2023
Thomas Wilkins


Elgar’s Enigma Variations captures the soul of Edwardian England in a series of noble and stirring portraits of friends, family members and the composer himself. Margaret Bonds’ variations on an African-American spiritual offer a poignant meditation on the civil rights movement, composed after a visit to Montgomery, Alabama, in 1963. Opening the program is Coleridge-Taylor’s rhapsodic Ballade, a piece commissioned after an endorsement from Elgar.

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Ballade in A Minor


The Montgomery Variations


Enigma Variations


The 2022/23 Civic Orchestra season is generously sponsored by The Julian Family Foundation, which also provides major funding for the Civic Fellowship program.

Additional support for this performance is provided by a generous endowment gift from the estate of Halina J. Presley.