Barber: Serenade for Strings
Foote: Air and Gavotte
Grieg: Holberg Suite
Puccini: I Crisantemi (The Chrysanthemums)
Tchaikovsky: Souvenir de Florence
IRIS opens their annual concert highlighting the string virtuosi of IRIS Orchestra with a “Sweet Sixteen” work from the great American composer Samuel Barber. His first orchestral outing, the Serenade for Strings, Op. 1, shows the mastery of craft that would become the hallmark of his illustrious career. A beautiful and seldom-played American work, from the 19th century by Arthur Foote joins established masterpieces from Norway, Italy, and Russia by Edward Grieg, Giacomo Puccini, and Tchaikovsky, respectively, whose triumphal Souvenir de Florence caps this stunning program.