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Violinist Philippe Quint Returns To Pacific Symphony With Tchaikovsky's Delightful Violin Concerto, Conducted By Rune Bergmann
Orange County, CA — November 09, 2018
Two spectacular guest artists from seaons past return to Pacific Symphony: Rune Bergmann, the acclaimed Norwegian conductor, joined the Symphony last October with Rachmaninoff’s formidable Symphony No. 2; and Philippe Quint, the Russian violinist described by BBC Music Magazine as “truly phenomenal.” Quint joins Pacific Symphony under Bergmann’s baton to perform Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto, in a program bookended by the Overture to Mozart’s “Don Giovanni,” and Nielson’s Symphony No. 4, “The Inextinguishable,” a piece composed against the backdrop of the first World War.
“Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto” takes place Thursday through Saturday, Nov. 15-17, at 8 p.m. in the Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall; doors open at 6:45 p.m. Single tickets start at $29. A preview talk with Alan Chapman begins at 7 p.m. For more information or to purchase tickets, please call (714) 755-5799 or visit www.PacificSymphony.org.
The night begins with a favorite Mozart’s overture, to his perennial opera classic, “Don Giovanni.” This two-act tale is based on the legend of Don Juan, the now-famous fictional libertine and seducer, styled as a dramma giocoso, mixing elements of drama and comedy. Mozart hurriedly composed this Overture, which includes no actual themes from the opera, the day prior to its premiere in Teatro di Praga, Prague, a performance that Mozart himself conducted.
The night’s first half comes to a close with Philippe Quint taking on Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto, a brilliant piece that has solidified itself as a staple of the repertoire. Composed on the shores of Lake Geneva in Switzerland, this concerto represented Tchaikovsky’s recovery from the depression brought on by his disastrous marriage to Antonina Milyukova. Quint, born in Russia, made his orchestral debut at the age of 9, performing Wieniawski's Concerto No. 2. After moving to the United States, he earned both Bachelor's and Master's degrees from Juilliard. His distinguished pedagogues and mentors included Dorothy Delay, Isaac Stern, Itzhak Perlman, Arnold Steinhardt and Felix Galimir. Quint plays the magnificent 1708 "Ruby" Antonio Stradivari violin on loan to him through the generous efforts of The Stradivari Society.
The finale of the evening is Carl Nielsen’s Sympony No. 4, “The Inextinguishable.” The name does not apply to the symphony itself, but rather to "that which is inextinguishable," referring in his notes for the symphony to "the elemental will to live." Composed against the backdrop of the First World War, this symphony is among the most dramatic that Nielsen wrote, featuring a "battle" between two sets of timpani, performed by Symphony timpani/percussion duo Todd Miller and Robert Slack.
Returning Norwegian guest conductor Rune Bergmann mans the podium for these three nights. A dynamic, versatile conductor with an extensive classical, romantic, operatic and contemporary repertoire, Bergmann is considered among today’s most talented young Scandinavian conductors, as his elegant interpretations and reputation as an inspiring and profound musician continue to attract the attention of orchestras throughout the world.
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