Enigma Variations

Wharton Center for Performing Arts

Our 95th season begins with a journey through musical lineage and stylistic homage, featuring cellist Tommy Mesa. The concert opens with Gala Flagello’s "Bravado," embodying dynamic energy, which paves the way to the classical grace of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Symphony No. 31 “Paris”. This symphony's Rococo style echoes in Tchaikovsky’s "Variations on a Rococo Theme," performed by Mesa, where the cello dialogues with a theme reminiscent of the elegance Tchaikovsky admired in Mozart’s compositions. The program concludes with Edward Elgar’s "Enigma Variations," where the thematic genesis becomes a canvas for Elgar's rich, emotional landscapes, mirroring the evening’s exploration of known themes transformed into new, intricate musical narratives.


Timothy Muffitt

Tommy Mesa



Gala Flagello

Symphony No. 31 “Paris”

W.A. Mozart

Variations on a Rococo Theme

Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

Enigma Variations

Edward Elgar

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