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Elgar's Enigma Variations: Strauss, Saint-Säens, and Elgar

May 05–07, 2023


  • Fri, May 5, 2023, 7:30 PM

  • Sat, May 6, 2023, 7:30 PM

  • Sun, May 7, 2023, 2:00 PM


Bass Performance Hall


Music Director Laureate Miguel Harth-Bedoya returns to lead the FWSO in a memorable evening. In a brilliant bit of musical mischief, Edward Elgar said that the melody to "Enigma" fits perfectly with another melody, but more than 100 years later, the finest musical minds have yet to settle on a definitive answer to the riddle. Join us to experience Miguel’s returns to the podium to direct Elgar’s Enigma Variations and Strauss' rapturous Tod und Verklärung ("Death and Transfiguration"). Cellist Sterling Elliot, winner of the 2019 National Sphinx Competition, also makes his debut with the orchestra in Saint-Säens' fiery Cello Concerto No. 1.


STRAUSS: Tod und Verklärung (Death and Transfiguration)

SAINT-SÄENS: Cello Concerto No. 1

ELGAR: Enigma Variations

Featured Artists

Miguel Harth-Bedoya, conductor

Sterling Elliott, cello

About the Artists

Miguel Harth-Bedoya, conductor

Sterling Elliott, cello