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Symphony's "Intimate Evening" includes "romantic wine in the classical barrel"


Guest conductor Yaniv Dinur shares his thoughts on "Intimate Evening," the Amarillo Symphony's concert this weekend.

Soprano vocal soloist Sarah Jane McMahon joins the symphony for the concert this Friday and Saturday.

Dinur explains the relationship between the four pieces in the umbrella of the concert's theme of intimacy.  "Barber's Knoxville is one of the most touching pieces that were ever written, to the text of James Agee," Dinur says.

Bernstein's "Oh What a Movie" is based in the intimacy between a husband and wife and Faure's "Pavane" takes a style of piece normally played slowly and gives it a more upbeat treatment, according to Dinur.

When pressed about Brahms, Dinur says the Fourth Symphony has its moments of intimacy. "I like to think about him as wine-- he's the romantic wine in the classical barrel."

"The most important thing about this evening… is the intimacy between the orchestra, the Amarillo Symphony, and the audience," Dinur explains.

Yaniv Dinur is the conductor the orchestra at American University in Washington, D.C., and joined HPPR for an interview from our Amarillo studio.

The Amarillo Symphony performs "Intimate Evening," Friday and Saturday, January 24th and 25th at the Globe-News Center for the Performing Arts in Amarillo.

Selections will include:

  • Gabriel Faure - "Pavane"
  • Samuel Barber - "Knoxville: Summer of 1915"
  • Leonard Bernstein - "Oh What a Movie" from Trouble in Tahiti
  • Johannes Brahms - Symphony No. 4