Event Description

Sunday, September 16, 2018―4:00 pm

The Lensic

Principal Conductor Guillermo Figueroa leads us into another year of world-class performances in celebration of our exciting 35th Anniversary Season!

Performing the famous and exquisite “Bach Double,” Sirena Huang, winner of the Elmar Oliveira International Violin Competition is joined by none other than Elmar Oliveira—the first violinist to ever receive the coveted Avery Fisher Prize and the only American
violinist to win the Gold Medal at Moscow’s Tchaikovsky International Competition in 1978.

Then, Sirena Huang showcases her supreme talent with Barber’s spellbinding Violin Concerto. And in finale, we close with Tchaikovsky’s most celebrated masterpiece, his intensely personal and final symphony, “Pathetique.”

Program:

BACH
Double Violin Concerto, in D Minor, BWV 1043
Sirena Huang, Violin
Elmar Oliveira, Violin

BARBER
Violin Concerto, op. 14
Sirena Huang

TCHAIKOVSKY
Symphony No. 6 in B Minor,  op.74 “Pathetique”

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Concert Notes

Concerto in D Minor for Two Violins and Strings, BWV 1043
JOHANN SEBASTIAN BACH
Born March 21, 1685, Eisenach
Died July 28, 1750, Leipzig

This ever-popular concerto dates from about 1720, or from the middle of Bach’s six years as music director to Prince Leopold of Anhalt-Cöthen. The Double Concerto is a favorite of all violinists, from the greatest virtuosos to the humblest amateurs, and it is easy to understand why: this concerto offers pleasing melodies, an even distribution of duties between the soloists, and one of Bach’s greatest slow movements.

Violin Concerto Opus 14
SAMUEL BARBER
Born March 9, 1910, West Chester, Pennsylvania
Died January 23, 1981, Mt. Kisco, New York

Samuel Barber began composing his Violin Concerto during the summer of 1939 while living in a small village in Switzerland. He moved to Paris later that summer and then—as war broke out—returned to the United States, where he completed the concerto. That completion, however, brought problems.

Symphony No. 6 in B Minor, Opus 74 “Pathetique”
PETER ILYCH TCHAIKOVSKY
Born May 7, 1840, Votkinsk
Died November 6, 1893, St. Petersburg

Tchaikovsky made a successful visit to America in the spring of 1891, when he was one of the guest conductors at the opening of Carnegie Hall in New York City. During these years he frequently conducted abroad, including appearances in France, Belgium, and Poland, but Tchaikovsky was always homesick for his native land when he was on tour, and he rushed back to Russia in 1892. At his home in the village of Klin, north of Moscow, Tchaikovsky drafted the first three movements of a symphony in E-flat major, but he was dissatisfied and abandoned it, plunging once again into his perpetual terror that he had written himself out and would never compose again.

Violinist Sirena Huang

Praised by The Baltimore Sun for her “impeccable technique…deeply expressive phrasing…and poetic weight,” Sirena Huang is one of her generation’s most celebrated violinists. She brings not only technical brilliance and powerful artistry to the stage, but also a profound sense of connection to her audience. Read more …

Violinist Elmar Oliveira

Elmar Oliveira is an American violinist whose remarkable combination of impeccable artistry and old- world elegance sets him apart as one of our most celebrated living artists. Oliveira remains the first and only American violinist to win the Gold Medal at Moscow’s prestigious Tchaikovsky International Competition. He was the first violinist to receive the coveted Avery Fisher Prize and won First Prize at the Naumburg International Competition. Read more …

Principal Conductor Guillermo Figueroa

One of the most versatile and respected musical artists of his generation—renowned as conductor, violinist, violist, and concertmaster—Guillermo Figueroa is the Principal Conductor of The Santa Fe Symphony Orchestra & Chorus. He also serves as the Music Director of the Music in the Mountains Festival in Colorado, Music Director of the Lynn Philharmonia in Florida, and is the founder of the highly acclaimed Figueroa Music and Arts Project in Albuquerque. Additionally, he was the Music Director of both the New Mexico Symphony and the Puerto Rico Symphony. With this last orchestra, he performed to critical acclaim at Carnegie Hall in 2003, the Kennedy Center in 2004, and Spain in 2005. Read more …

 

Conductors
& Musicians

Principal Conductor

Guillermo Figueroa

Sirena Huang

Elmar Oliveira

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