"Miniature Masterpieces" is set to be streamed by the Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra at 7 pm Friday, Feb 26. Resident conductor Daniel Brier and featured soloist Rachel Miller previewed the concert with Cara Lieurance.
The concert, which was recorded under COVID-19 guidelines at Comstock High School Auditorium, opens with an opera overture by the Chevalier de Saint-Georges, the son of a French nobleman and a Senegalese slave who became an accomplished violinist, composer, swordsman and military leader in 18th century France. Rachel Miller, the KSO's principal harpist since 2018, is featured in Debussy's Danses sacrée et profane. She says it is one of the best-known pieces in the harp repertoire, and a challenging one. Daniel Brier highlights the connections between Debussy's sound-world and that of Wagner's Siegfried Idyll, then prepares us for the joyous and brilliant Orchestral Suite No. 3.