UMD Symphony Orchestra: Enigma Variations

UMD Symphony Orchestra

Enigma Variations
Saturday, October 10, 2015 . 8PM
UMD Symphony Orchestra
UMD Symphony Orchestra photo by Jennifer White Torres
Principal People: 

Conductor James Ross

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Estimated Length: 
2 hours including intermission
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"Commenced in a spirit of humour and continued deep seriousness" is how Elgar described the genesis of his Enigma Variations. The piece conveys two mysteries: first, the identity of the composer's friends in each variation, and second, an extra-musical connection between each variation that " 'goes,' but is not played."

In this performance, the School of Music adds a third mystery: additional variations by UMD School of Music composers.


  • Dvorak: Carnival Overture
  • Stravinsky: Fairy's Kiss Divertimento
  • Elgar: Enigma Variations