Camille Saint-Saëns (1835-1921)
Sonata No. 1 for Violin and Piano Op. 75 (1885)
Olivier Messiaen (1908-1992)
Theme and Variations (1932)
Maurice Ravel (1875-1937)
Sonata No. 2 for Violin and Piano (1923-27)
Susanna Perry Gilmore, concertmaster of the Omaha Symphony (“luminous and hypnotic” ~ the Omaha World-Herald; “authentic with exquisite good taste” ~ Cleveland Plain Dealer) and piano virtuoso Victor Santiago Asunción (“poised and imaginative playing” ~ Washington Post) join for a bravura all-French program that spans from Saint-Saëns’s sensuous dialogue between the instruments to Ravel’s jazz-and-blues-inspired riffs to the unique sonorities of Messiaen’s Theme and Variations, dedicated to “Mi” (as in Do-Re-Mi), the affectionate name for his wife.