Tchaikovsky's Violin Concerto
Rune Bergmann, guest conductor
Philippe Quint, violin
Preview Talk with Alan Chapman at 7 p.m. Doors open at 6:45 p.m.
Danish composer Carl Nielsen described his Symphony No. 4, “The Inextinguishable,” as a metaphor for “the fundamental life-force of music.” Dive into this dynamic tour de force that features an explosive introduction and a dueling timpani finale. Violinist Philippe Quint returns with Tchaikovsky’s delightful Violin Concerto and the overture to one of the most famous operas, Mozart’s Don Giovanni, opens this immersive program.
An energetic and compelling figure on the podium, Norwegian conductor Rune Bergmann (pronounced Rue-na Bairg-mahn) is a dynamic, versatile conductor with an extensive classical, romantic, operatic and contemporary repertoire. Considered among today’s most talented young Scandinavian conductors, his elegant interpretations and reputation as an inspiring and profound musician continue to attract the attention of orchestras throughout the world.
The 2017/18 Season marks the beginning of Bergmann’s tenure as Music Director of Canada’s Calgary Philharmonic and his second season as Artistic Director & Chief Conductor of Poland’s Szczecin Philharmonic. Bergmann has also been Artistic Director of Norway’s innovative Fjord Cadenza Festival since its inception in 2010, and he regularly conducts a wide range of distinguished orchestras and opera houses around the world, including such auspices as the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra, Norwegian National Opera, Mainfranken Theater Würzburg, Philharmonie Südwestfalen and the Wrocław Philharmonic, as well as the symphony orchestras of Malmö, Helsingborg, Bergen, Kristiansand, Stavanger, Trondheim, Karlskrona, and Odense, and Lisbon's Orquestra Sinfonica Portuguesa. In North America, he has guested with such orchestras as the Alabama Symphony Orchestra (where he led the world premiere of Grawemeyer Award-winning Serbian composer Djuro Zivkovic’s Psalm XIII), Detroit, Grand Rapids, and Houston Symphony Orchestras, and New Mexico Philharmonic, and the Brevard Music Festival. The 15/16 season saw Bergmann make a joint North American operatic debut at Yale Opera with innovative stage director Claudia Solti.
Award-winning American violinist Philippe Quint is a multifaceted artist whose wide range of interests has led to several Grammy nominations for his albums, performances with major orchestras throughout the world at venues ranging from the Gewandhaus in Leipzig to Carnegie Hall in New York, a leading role in the major independent film Downtown Express and explorations of Astor Piazzolla’s music and Nuevo Tango with his band The Quint Quintet. Quint plays the magnificent 1708 "Ruby" Antonio Stradivari violin on loan to him through the generous efforts of The Stradivari Society®.
A recent winner of the “Ambassador of Arts” award, presented by Brownstone and Gateway Organizations at the United Nations last March, his 2013-14 season included debuts with the London Philharmonic, Rochester Philharmonic, Phoenix Symphony and San Antonio Symphony, among others. This season’s highlights include debuts with Los Angeles Philharmonic, Seattle Symphony, Vancouver Symphony, Kansas Symphony and returns to Indianapolis, San Diego, Oklahoma and Santa Barbara Symphony orchestras, among others. His recording of the Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto with the Sofia Philharmonic, led by conductor Martin Panteleev, paired with Anton Arensky’s String Quartet No. 2, Op. 35 (for violin, viola and two cellos), featuring cellists Claudio Bohorquez and Nicolas Altstaedt and violist Lily Francis was released in September 2014 on AvantiClassic.
In the summer of 2014, Quint hosted an evening “Philippe Quint & Friends” presented by Russian American Foundation at the New York Times Center that featured John Corigliano, Joshua Bell, Michael Bacon, J.Ralph and Emily Bergl. Along with Lou Diamond Phillips, Darren Criss and Lea Salonga, Quint appeared at the Kennedy Center’s “After the Storm” Benefit Concert for the Philippines and debuted at the Hollywood Bowl as a part of a special “Joshua Bell & Friends” evening along side with Joshua Bell, Los Angeles Philharmonic and actress Glenn Close.