Musical Mediums: Pictures at an Exhibition

Piotr Gajewski, conductor

Saturday, March 9, 2024 · 7:30 pm

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Great art begets great music in this program of works inspired by poetry, prose, and paintings conducted by Maestro Piotr Gajewski. George Walker’s Lilacs puts to magnificent music the words of Walt Whitman’s 1865 poem, "When Lilacs Last in the Dooryard Bloom'd.” Soprano Talise Trevigne invigorates this Pulitzer Prize-winning piece for solo soprano and orchestra. Cellist Zuill Bailey returns to the NatPhil stage for Tales of Hemingway. He won a Grammy for Best Solo Performance in 2017 for this four-movement reimagining of the works of Ernest Hemingway. 

From words to watercolors, the program ends with Modest Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition, arranged by Maurice Ravel. Inspired by an exhibition of drawings and watercolors by Viktor Hartmann, Pictures at an Exhibition moves audiences through a musical story, inviting listeners to let their imaginations run wild through Mussorgsky’s sonic landscape. 


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George Walker, Lilacs

  1. When lilacs last in the dooryard bloom'd...
  2. O powerful western fallen star...
  3. In the Dooryard fronting and old farmhouse... 
  4. Sing on you gray brown bird... 

Michael Daugherty, Tales of Hemingway 

  1. Big Two-Hearted River 
  2. For Whom the Bell Tolls
  3. The Old Man and the Sea 
  4. The Sun Also Rises


Modest Mussorgsky, Pictures at an Exhibition (arr. Ravel) 

  • Promenade
  • 1. Gnomus 
  • Promenade 
  • 2. The Old Castle 
  • Promenade 
  • 3. Tuileries 
  • 4. Bydło 
  • Promenade 
  • 5. Ballet of the Chicks in Their Shells 
  • 6. Samuel Goldenberg and Schmuÿle 
  • 7. Limoges 
  • 8. Catacombs 
  • Cum mortuis in lingua mortua 
  • 9. The Hut on Fowl's Legs 
  • 10. The Great Gate of Kiev
Talise Trevigne
Zuill Bailey



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