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Tchaikovsky's "Pathétique"

Dennis Kim

October 17 — October 19, 8:00 p.m.Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall

Carl St.Clair, conductor
Dennis Kim, violin
Pacific Symphony

Host for Friday performance: Brian Lauritzen (KUSC)

JOHN WILLIAMS: “Tributes! For Seiji”
RAVEL: “Tzigane”
SAINT-SAËNS: Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso
~ Intermission ~
TCHAIKOVSKY: Symphony No. 6, “Pathétique”

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


Drama unfolds with Tchaikovsky’s deeply passionate Symphony No. 6 and Ravel’s virtuosic gypsy rhapsody, “Tzigane,” featuring concertmaster Dennis Kim. Earlier in the evening, you’ll embark on an exploration of the brilliant compositions from legendary film composer John Williams, who is responsible for linking Carl to Pacific Symphony.

KUSC @ Pacific Symphony

The Friday, Oct. 18 performance is part of the three-part series, Classical KUSC at Pacific Symphony. The concert will be hosted by KUSC radio personality Brian Lauritzen and followed by an After Party in the lobby.

VIDEO: Watch Dennis Kim perform an excerpt from Ravel's "Tzigane." ​



Program Notes

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

Dennis Kim

Guest Artist

Dennis Kim

Dennis Kim is the new concertmaster of Pacific Symphony. A citizen of the world, Mr. Kim was born in Korea, raised in Canada and educated in the United States. He has spent more than a decade leading orchestras in the United States, Europe and Asia. Most recently, he was concertmaster of the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra in New York. He was first appointed concertmaster of the Tucson Symphony Orchestra at the age of 22. He then served as the youngest concertmaster in the history of the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra, before going on to lead the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra and the Tampere Philharmonic Orchestra in Finland.

As guest concertmaster, Mr. Kim has performed on four continents, leading the BBC Symphony Orchestra, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra, Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestre National de Lille, KBS Symphony Orchestra, Montpelier Symphony Orchestra, Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra, Western Australia Symphony Orchestra and Symphony Orchestra of Navarra. He served as guest concertmaster with the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra on their 10-city tour of the United Kingdom and led the Qatar Philharmonic Orchestra in their BBC Proms debut in 2014.

After making his solo debut at the age of 14 with the Toronto Philharmonic Orchestra, Mr. Kim has gone on to perform as a soloist with many of the most important orchestras in China and Korea. A graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music and Yale School of Music, Mr. Kim's teachers include Jaime Laredo, Aaron Rosand, Peter Oundjian, Paul Kantor, Victor Danchenko and Yumi Ninomiya Scott. He plays the 1701 ex-Dushkin Stradivarius, on permanent loan from a generous donor.