BOULANGER: D’un matin de printemps
MENDELSSOHN: Violin Concerto in E minor, Op. 64
DEBUSSY: Selections from Preludes, orchestrated by Colin Matthews
RAVEL: Daphnis et Chloé, Suite No. 2
The Omaha Symphony evokes a night at the Ballet Russes under the baton of conductor Alasdair Neale in this evening of dramatic and dreamy works. First is Lili Boulanger’s D’un matin de printemps, a vibrant and tonally explorative work that employs colorful use of the entire orchestra. Violinist Simone Porter makes her debut with the Omaha Symphony, bringing her electric energy to the stage in a performance of Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto in E minor. The evening ends with two composers often named together, but with distinct styles; selections from Debussy’s Preludes are ethereal and otherworldly, while the Suite No. 2 from Ravel’s ballet Daphnis et Chloé is a pastoral tour de force.