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Mendelssohn's "Italian" Symphony

Paul Huang

March 21 — March 23, 8:00 p.m.Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall

ARTISTS MARCH 21 & 23
Carl St.Clair, conductor
Paul Huang, violin
Dennis Kim, violin
Hye-Young Kim, piano
Pacific Symphony


PROGRAM MARCH 21 & 23
PREVIN: “Song” from “Tango, Song and Dance”
BARBER: Adagio for Strings
BRUCH: Violin Concerto No. 1
MENDELSSOHN: Symphony No. 4, “Italian”


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

Inspired by his travels to Venice, Rome, Bologna and Florence, Mendelssohn’s Fourth Symphony evokes imagery of Mediterranean sunshine, famous architecture and the rustic landscapes that make Italy so iconic. The concert opens with Barber's moving Adagio for Strings, in memory of conductor, pianist and composer André Previn, followed by Bruch’s profoundly virtuosic Violin Concerto featuring Paul Huang. 

PREVIEW TALK WITH ALAN CHAPMAN

Classical KUSC @ Pacific Symphony

The Friday, March 22 performance is part of the new series, Classical KUSC at Pacific Symphony. The 90-minute concert (without intermission) will be hosted by KUSC announcer John Van Driel.

ARTISTS MARCH 22
Carl St.Clair, conductor
Paul Huang, violin
Pacific Symphony
John Van Driel, host 

PROGRAM MARCH 22
BRUCH: Violin Concerto No. 1
MENDELSSOHN: Symphony No. 4, “Italian”

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

Program Notes

Learn more about the music and the artists in the program notes.

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Paul Huang

Guest Artist

Paul Huang

Recipient of the​​​​ prestigious 2015 Avery Fisher Career Grant and a 2017 Lincoln Center Award for Emerging Artists, violinist Paul Huang is quickly ​gaining attention for his eloquent music making, distinctive sound, and effortless virtuosity.

His recent and forthcoming engagements include debuts with the Mariinsky Orchestra with Valery Gergiev (St. Petersburg's White Nights Festival), Berliner Symphoniker with Lior Shambadal (Philharmonie Berlin debut), Detroit Symphony with Leonard Slatkin, Houston Symphony with Andres Orozco-Estrada, Orchestra of St. Luke's with Carlos Miguel Prieto, Seoul Philharmonic with Markus Stenz, Taipei Symphony with Gilbert Varga (both in Taipei and on a U.S. tour), and the National Taiwan Symphony Orchestra with the late Christopher Hogwood. This season, he will also be performing with the Louisiana Philharmonic, Knoxville Symphony, North Carolina Symphony, New Mexico Philharmonic, Brevard Symphony, Windsor Symphony, and the Hilton Head Symphony.​

His first solo CD, Intimate Inspiration, is a collection of favorite virtuoso and romantic encore pieces released on the CHIMEI label. In association with Camerata Pacifica, he recorded "Four Songs of Solitude" for solo violin on their album of John Harbison works. The album was released on the Harmonia Mundi label in fall 2014.

Winner of the 2011 Young Concert Artists International Auditions, Mr. Huang made critically acclaimed recital debuts in New York and in Washington, D.C. at the Kennedy Center. Other honors include First Prize at the 2009 International Violin Competition Sion-Valais (Tibor Varga) in Switzerland, the 2009 Chi-Mei Cultural Foundation Arts Award for Taiwan’s Most Promising Young Artists, the 2013 Salon de Virtuosi Career Grant, and the 2014 Classical Recording Foundation Young Artist Award.

Born in Taiwan, Mr. Huang began violin lessons at the age of seven. He is a proud recipient of the inaugural Kovner Fellowship at The Juilliard School, where he earned his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees under Hyo Kang and I-Hao Lee. He plays on the 1742 ex-Wieniawski Guarneri del Gesù on loan through the generous efforts of the Stradivari Society of Chicago.