The Philadelphia Orchestra
Erina Yashima Conductor
Walker Lyric for Strings
Dvořák Serenade for Strings
Composer George Walker, the first African-American graduate from the prestigious Curtis Institute of Music, began writing the lush harmonies and intense solo passages of Lyric for Strings in memory of his grandmother following her death. Assistant Conductor Erina Yashima leads one of Walker’s early and most enduring compositions. Lyric demonstrates the range of sounds achievable by a string orchestra. A celebration of melody, Dvořák’s Serenade for Strings was composed in just 12 days. The five movements of the piece showcase the depth and richness of Dvořák’s early work.
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