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This Fort Bend Symphony Orchestra¬†concert opens with Karelia Overture by Finnish composer Jean Sibelius. This nationalistic piece celebrates the simple but noble spirit of the people of Karelia, a historical province of Finland that is now divided between Finland and Russia. Also featured is Maurice Ravel's Pavane pour une infante defunte, a piece that suggests how a princess would have danced a slow processional in the Spanish courts in earlier times. The first half of the concert concludes with the winner of the FBSO Young Artist Concerto Competition.
The second half of "Orchestral Masterworks" is devoted to Edward Elgar's Variations on an Original Theme for Orchestra, commonly called Enigma Variations. History holds that Elgar began playing a theme on the piano, then altered it slightly to reflect the characteristics of his friends. The resulting composition features 14 people in the variations, starting with Elgar's wife and ending with a self-portrayal.