Award-Winning composer George S. Clinton & violin virtuoso Holly Mulcahy, bring western concerto of love, loss, and revenge, ‘The Rose of Sonora’, to symphonies nationwide in the US.
The origin of the concerto began after violin virtuoso Holly Mulcahy’s impassioned plea in a social media post: “If there was an epic Western soundtrack style violin concerto, I’d be all over it.” Award-winning composer George S. Clinton answered the call and composed The Rose of Sonora, a violin concerto about a heroine named Rose in the Wild West. The composition was written for solo violin, symphony orchestra, and male chorus in the style of an epic Western film score. For the solo violin, Clinton and Mulcahy merged both traditional fiddle and classic violin techniques to reflect Rose’s voice.
Since its debut, The Rose of Sonora’s unique musical palate has been performed by symphonies nationwide, including upcoming performances with the Idaho Falls Symphony, Flagstaff Symphony, Grand Junction Symphony, and Brevard Philharmonic. The unique work has the potential to become an Americana staple, as it is often paired with other Americana compositions from leading composers including Aaron Copland, Ennio Morricone, and Elmer Bernstein.
Clinton, who built his career composing music for stories, created a backstory that centers around a Wild West outlaw and heroine, Rose. As a concerto in five scenes (movements), each scene tells a part of Rose’s story. “There are no images,” explains Clinton, “just a text description of each scene projected above the orchestra before it is played. The audience then creates their own mental movie as they listen.” The Rose of Sonora is a distinctive symphonic experience which has been described as “immersive, captivating, and uniquely emotional.”
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