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Beethoven's Violin Concerto

Violinist Ray Chen

January 11 — January 13, 8:00 p.m.Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall

Michael Francis, guest conductor
Ray Chen, violin
Pacific Symphony

BEETHOVEN: Violin Concerto
ELGAR: Symphony No. 1

Preview Talk at 7 p.m. with host Alan Chapman. Doors open at 6:45 p.m.

Beethoven’s only violin concerto remains one of the most widely played and popular works for the instrument. Famous for its spirited final movement, the work reveals the amazing melodic and technical range of the violin. Also featured is Edward Elgar’s regal Symphony No. 1, a work that was performed over 100 times within a year of its premiere and was hailed by The Musical Times as an "immediate and phenomenal success."

Listen to this:

  • Edward Elgar is credited with lifting British music out of the two centuries of mundane mediocrity in which it had been mired since the death of Henry Purcell. His much anticipated Symphony No. 1 of 1908 — richly scored, luxuriantly melodic, nobly sentimental — received some 100 performances in just more than a year of its premiere.