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Masterworks 2: Garden Romance
Spokane, Washington
Saturday, 5 October 2019 - 8:00 PM
Sunday, 6 October 2019 - 3:00 PM
Presenter: Spokane Symphony
Ensemble: Spokane Symphony
Conductor: James Lowe

Celebrate love with one of the great works of the guitar repertoire, Rodrigo’s Concierto de Aranjuez. The blind composer drew his inspiration from “the fragrance of magnolias, the singing of birds, and the gushing of fountains” in the palace gardens of Aranjuez. The concerto’s lush romanticism contrasts with the timeless purity of Satie’s Gymnopédies. Robert Schumann admired Mozart’s Symphony No. 40 for its lightness and grace, but what made it popular with most 19th century Romantics was the force of its tragic power and emotional complexity, from its pulsing opening and poignant Andante to its exuberant finale.

Robert Belinic is described by the New York Concert Review as playing “with the most intense passion, energy and charisma of any guitarist I have heard.” Mr. Belinic has performed extensively, both as a soloist and a collaborator.

Among his many appearances in the U.S., Mr. Belinic has performed with orchestras including the Sarasota Orchestra, the Chamber Orchestra of the Triangle, the Phoenix, Edmonton, Quad City, Victoria, La Crosse, Hilton Head, El Paso, Milikin-Daecatur, Wichita, Fox Valley, Meridian, and South Bend Symphonies and in recital and residency at Spivey Hall in Atlanta and the University of Florida in Gainesville.
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