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Soaring MASTERPIECES: Fate and Destiny – Copland’s Lincoln portrait plus Beethoven and more David Selby, narrator; Roger Wilke, violin

April 30 @ 7:30 pm

Passion and power of the 2021-2022 season concludes in dramatic fashion with music by Verdi, Copland, and Beethoven.


Verdi’s La Forza del Destino – Overture is regarded as the finest of all Verdi’s symphonic introductions. Translated as “The Power of Fate,” the overture creates an ominous and dramatic atmosphere of the opera. One of Copland’s most popular pieces, A Lincoln Portrait was commissioned during the beginning of World War II for a program of three new works by American composers. It is a one-movement work with narration made up of quotations which Copland collected from the speeches and letters of President Abraham Lincoln. This performance will be narrated by actor David Selby. Beethoven’s Violin Concerto Op.61 is a work of beauty, lyricism, and depth, and in this work he broke from the earlier convention of concertos that were a display of virtuosity and technique. Soloist Roger Wilke is concertmaster of the Long Beach Symphony, and as concertmaster for legendary Hollywood composer/conductor John Williams, Wilke has served as top violinist for over 1,000 Hollywood films.


Complete Program

Verdi: La Forza del Destino Overture

Copland: A Lincoln Portrait

Beethoven: Violin Concerto

David Selby, narrator

Roger Wilkie, violin


Tickets range from $40 to $15 for students. Seniors and military enjoy a $5 discount. State and county health guidelines in place at the time of the concert will be observed.


Tickets will be available on or about April 1st 2022


April 30
7:30 pm - 9:30 pm


Grace Baptist Church
605 E. McCoy Lane
Santa Maria, CA 93455 United States
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Santa Maria Philharmonic Society
PO Box 375, Santa Maria, CA 93456-0375
(805) 925 0412 | info@santamariaphilharmonic.org