As part of the 18th Virginia Arts Festival (VAF), Joshua Bell will perform Lalo’s Symphonie espagnole with its Spanish themes and deep, rich notes composed for the violin. JoAnn Falletta, Conductor of the Virginia Symphony Orchestra (VSO), describes Joshua Bell as “so passionate, so completely committed to excellence that he inspires us all” (Ovations!). In a finale the VSO will perform An Alpine Symphony composed by Richard Strauss as his music tells the story of a sunrise to sunset alpine climb. The strength of the music describes the sights and sounds and the powerful impact of Strauss’ memorable climb. This symphonic piece will be performed with the "harmonious mix of image art with sound art" (Abendzeitung München) as breathtaking images by German photographer Tobias Melle are projected above the stage.
After Bell’s performance, the Virginia Symphony Orchestra will perform Richard Strauss’ Alpine Symphony as
images by German photographer Tobias Melle are projected above the stage. The unusual pairing provides
spectacles for both the ears and the eyes. Strauss wrote the Alpine Symphony after taking in the breathtaking
views of the Bavarian Alps. Melle sought to capture in photos the natural beauty portrayed in the symphony. For three years, Melle wandered the mountain ranges around Berchtesgaden with a camera and a tent. The photos convey the 22 scenes from the composer’s own Alpine tour. Those in the audience can see what Strauss saw as they hear what he composed.