Soundscapes from My Homeland
Classic Series II
Nicolau: Concerto for Guitar “In the Mariola Mountains”
Dvorak: Symphony No. 7, op. 70, d minor
Guest Artist Juan L. Nicolau, Guitar
Our Soundscapes tonight picture two distinctly different settings, one from the coastal hills in southeast Spain, and one from the heartland of Prague and the Czech nation. We are treated to the vision of composer/soloist, Juan Nicolau who shares three different visions of his native Alicante, Spain. A rare glimpse displaying the visions and expressions presented by the soloist of his homeland. The solo guitar, complimented by the orchestra, paints a unique picture of the beauty of his homeland.
Often considered his finest symphony, Antonin Dvorak’s masterpiece Symphony no. 7 was an effort to raise the awareness and reputation of Czech composers in the eyes of the Austrian-Germanic world. While an acclaimed composer in his native Prague and America, Dvorak’s melodic and orchestral talents helped demonstrate how folk melodies can add to the splendor of symphonic music loved around the world.
Our soloist, Juan Nicolau comes to SOST by a rather unique way: Nicolau is currently an economics professor at Virginia Tech University in Roanoke, VA. Lamar University economics professor, Henry Venta, brought his colleague’s musical talents to our attention, and it is our pleasure to feature this special dimension of his talents.
2 shows: 1pm and 7:30pm