Concerto for Violin, Cello and Orchestra


A Story of Mario and Luciana

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Mario and Luciana

Enrico Leide was the uncle of Mario Foah. Mario Foah is the father of Dahlan Robert Foah, the conductor of the Atlanta Musicians' Orchestra and the organizer of this 100 year celebration. Mario Foah will be celebrating his 100th year next spring as well, so as Enrico was founding the first symphony orchestra in Atlanta, Mario was being born in Naples, Italy. A few years later, Luciana Levi was born in Rome, Italy and all of them as Jews before World War ll, fled the Nazis and fascists, to the United States, carrying music and art in their hands, to the new country. Mario and Luciana met in New York and three days later, Mario proposed.


Lucas Richman, the composer of the Concerto for Violin, Cello and Orchestra, was moved and intrigued as he learned about the history of Mario, Luciana and Enrico (not to mention the rest of a large clan) and insisted that though this new work would be in honor of Enrico Leide’s 100th founding anniversary, that he would like to dedicate it to Mario and Luciana and research their lives as the foundation of the piece. Accordingly, in 2018, Mr Richman, Dahlan Foah and his wife traveled to Rome and Naples, meeting members of the family, hearing stories - true or not - about family characters and lore, upon which Mr Richman has based the Concerto for Violin, Cello and Orchestra.


We look forward to seeing you at the World Premiere at Spivey Hall on Friday, October 16th, 2020 at 8:00pm. 


Maestro Richman and Mario Foah during a  recent Atlanta visit