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The Rose of Sonora

2019-2020 Season, Masterworks

The Rose of Sonora

Apr 4
Saturday
7:30 PM
Apr 5
Sunday
3 PM
Century II Concert Hall

featuring Holly Mulcahy, Violin; Nicholas Bardonnay, Photographer & Multimedia Artist

JOHN WILLIAMS The Cowboys Overture
GEORGE S. CLINTON The Rose of Sonora, a Violin Concerto in Five Scenes
BARBER Adagio for Strings
COPLAND Rodeo: Four Dance Episodes
with stunning photochoreography projected on three giant screens above the Orchestra!

What's interesting about these concerts?

Outlaw Mulcahy - We are proud to feature Concertmaster Holly Mulcahy in The Rose of Sonora, a violin concerto in the style of an epic Western by George S. Clinton. The piece tells a story in five scenes: 1) Escape, 2) Love and Freedom, 3) Ambush, 4) Death and Healing, 5) Vengeance.

Women of the Wild WestThe Rose of Sonora was written for Holly and inspired by infamous women of the Wild West. Many of these outlaws have Kansas ties, including Rowdy Kate Lowe, Kate Bender of the Bloody Bender Gang, Big Nose Kate, Rose Dunn, Cattle Kate, and Squirrel Tooth Alice.

Just Picture It – For Barber’s Adagio for Strings and Copland’s Rodeo, we take you on a journey with Westwater Arts to see two sides of the Wild West with images projected above the Orchestra on three huge screens! We’ll see a tribute to the Anasazi Indians, known for their cliff pueblos in the four corners region, and the action of a rodeo as only the contestants get to see it.

Sponsored by

TEXTRON AVIATION
LISA & JIM VAYDA

Hear samples of the music to be performed at this concert

Holly Mulcahy

About Holly Mulcahy

First Solo Appearance with the Wichita Symphony
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 on this concert's program. Learn more about Holly at hollymulcahy.com.


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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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