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Musician's Favorite Passage: Erin Keefe Plays Bernstein

In his mid-30s, conductor and composer Leonard Bernstein re-read the Greek philosopher Plato’s dialogue, The Symposium. From that re-reading came one of his most original and lyrical worksa blend of symphonic suite and concerto entitled Serenade, after Plato’s “Symposium.” In the first four of the five movements, the violin soloist is the chief speaker, initiating the musical discussion.

Following a long tradition of Minnesota Orchestra concertmasters who soloed on this work before her (including the late and great Jorja Fleezanis), Concertmaster Erin Keefe performs Bernstein's Serenade as part of an all-American program at Orchestra Hall February 23-25. Hear Keefe's take on the work and her favorite passages, and don't miss her performances with the Orchestra.

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