Suite Tributes


Suite Tributes

Oct 29
3 PM
Century II Concert Hall

featuring Holly Mulcahy, violin

Concertmaster Holly Mulcahy begins the season with Jim Stephenson’s Violin Concerto, subtitled “Tributes.” The composer states the music is a tribute to those who inspired the work - composers and performers, past and present. As we open the season, we’ll let the music be a tribute to our audience for supporting and attending your Wichita Symphony for seventy-nine years!

In Richard Strauss’s opera Der Rosenkavalier, the tribute comes in the form of a silver rose sent by an aging and boorish Baron to his young betrothed via a middleman, a young, handsome count. We can guess what happens next, but in the captivating music of this orchestral suite, Strauss imbues his music with wit, affection, and the glorious Viennese waltz. It’s a gorgeous orchestra sound to sweep you off your feet.

Satisfied smiles are guaranteed!

AARON COPLAND ^Fanfare for the Common Man
JIM STEPHENSON Violin Concerto "Tributes"
     featuring Holly Mulcahy, violin
ARAM KHACHATURIAN ^"Adagio of Spartacus and Phrygia"
     from Spartacus: Suite No. 2
RICHARD STRAUSS Rosenkavalier Suite

"Tributes Violin Concerto encompasses every quality I seek in a violin concerto, from the gripping opening to the seductive melodies in the second movement to the blazing ending. It leaves the audience and performers satisfied and happy! What a pleasure to perform!" - Holly Mulcahy, Concertmaster and Partner for Audience Engagement, The Trust Company of Kansas Chair


^Selected by Lisa and Jim Vayda, Symphony Insider winning bidders at Savor the Symphony in January 2023.

Holly Mulcahy

About Holly Mulcahy

As an in-demand performer, Holly balances her orchestral duties with numerous concerto performances around the country. Passionate about performing living American composers’ works, Holly has been featured as soloist for concertos by Jennifer Higdon, Jim Stephenson and Philip Glass in addition to The Rose of Sonora by film composer George S. Clinton. Learn more about Holly at

Arrive Early for Concert Talks

If you’d like to learn more about the music in our concert programs, Concert Talks are just what you need! Before every Masterworks Concert, the Wichita Symphony Orchestra will present pre-concert talks which help prepare you and deepen your understanding of the music to be performed in the program. Sometimes our guest soloists even join Maestro Hege for a discussion of their concerto collaboration! Free to all ticket holders, Concert Talks take place in the Concert Hall one hour prior to each Masterworks performance.

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