Aspen Music Festival And School

Chamber Symphony: Maxim Vengerov Plays Mendelssohn Violin Concerto

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With special thanks to Janet and Tom O'Connor and Dana and Gene Powell
5:30 PM MT
$90, $65, $45
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SCHUBERT/BRITTEN Die Forelle, D. 550
SCHUBERT/OFFENBACH from Schwanengesang, D. 957
MENDELSSOHN Violin Concerto in E minor, op. 64
SCHUBERT/LISZT Die junge Nonne, D. 828
SCHUBERT/WEBERN Du bist die Ruh, D. 776, op. 59 no. 3
SCHUBERT/BERLIOZ Der Erlkönig, D. 321
SCHUBERT Symphony No. 6 in C major, D. 589

“At every turn, he effortlessly communicates his delight in the music he leads,” raved the St. Louis Post-Dispatch of conductor Nicholas McGegan, whose effervescent concerts are always highlights of the season. Joining him is the Siberian-born violinist Maxim Vengerov, recognized as one of the world’s greatest string players. Claiming to have heard a performance of the Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto while still in the womb, the precocious Vengerov was taken at age 5 to meet a famous violin teacher. When she asked "Do you have strength in these hands,?" he punched her in the stomach as hard as he could. "Fortunately, she was in a good mood that day, and she accepted me as a student," he said later. Vengerov will play Mendelssohn’s flowingly lyrical Violin Concerto, a work full of beautiful tunes and a joyously vibrant finale. It’s no wonder this work has been an audience favorite since its premiere in 1845.

During his 31 years, Schubert wrote over 600 songs, usually heard with voice and piano. Enjoy a rare opportunity to experience them with the added dimension of full orchestral sound. At 20, Schubert greatly admired Rossini, best known for his comic operas. In his sixth symphony, he paid tribute to the Italian composer with an aria-like second movement and a bubbly finale reminiscent of his overtures. In the third movement, the abrupt and frequent contrasts reflect Beethoven’s influence. Clearly proud of the piece, Schubert called it his “Great Symphony in C major,” not knowing that it would later be known as the “Little C Major,” when his final work in the form, Symphony No. 9 was designated as the “Great.”

Be swept away by the exuberance and energy of Maestro McGegan and the beautiful melodies of Mendelssohn and Schubert!

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