East Coast Premiere of Lorenz’s Viola Concerto


Backstage after the Symphony in C premiere of Lorenz's viola concerto. L to R: Díaz, composer M. Contreras, Lorenz, violist A. Linares, Milanov, visual artist S. Amundaraín, and composer E. Amaya

A year after its first performance at Michigan State University, Ricardo Lorenz’s Viola Concerto received its East Coast premiere on October 15, 2011.  This time it was outside of Philadelphia, once again with violist Roberto Díaz for whom the concerto titled Canciones de Jara was especially composed, and this time accompanied by Symphony in C, a recently created professional training orchestra lead by conductor Rossen Milanov.   Lorenz’s concerto opened the orchestra’s 2011-2012 season along with staple works from the symphonic repertoire such as Listz’s Mephisto Waltz No. 1 and Berlioz’s Symphonie Fantastique.