Beethoven Symphony No.7


Orpheum Theatre

March 14, 2020 - 7:30pm

The Sioux City Symphony Orchestra announces an artist change for the concert scheduled for March 14 at the Orpheum Theatre. Violinist and Sioux City native, Eric Grossman will replace Elissa Lee Koljonen, who is unable to perform the concert due to unforeseen circumstances. The program, to be conducted by Ryan Haskins, will remain unchanged and includes Bruch’s Violin Concerto No. 1, a premiere by the 2020 Composer of the Year, Ryan Lindveit, and Beethoven's Symphony No. 7.


Violinist Eric Grossman, praised by the New York Times as a “brilliant soloist,” is one of the world's most versatile performers. With notable collaborations and concerto performances in many parts of the world, he has been celebrated for his flawless technique, superb musicianship, and commitment to a wide range of repertoire.


A graduate of Juilliard, where he studied with Dorothy DeLay, Eric enjoys an active performing career. He has given highly acclaimed recitals and solo performances with orchestras in the United States, Europe, Korea, Japan, and Cuba.


Grossman history with Sioux City

Eric's father, John Grossman, taught orchestra in the Sioux City schools, founded the Dixie Daddies Band, and played cello with the Sioux City Symphony Orchestra for years. His mother, Marlene Grossman, was a pianist who taught hundreds of Sioux City children how to play the piano. His sister, Michelle Grossman, continues to play an important role within the musical culture of Sioux City as a prominent pianist and music educator. Many members of his family continue to play in professional orchestras across the United States. 

By the time Eric was 5, he was playing both the piano and the violin. By the time he was 7, he was playing with the Sioux City Symphony with a special children's orchestra under the direction of Leo Kucinski


Eric, who grew up in Sioux City attended East Middle School, then attended boarding school. It was the beginning of a journey that would take him to The Juilliard School in New York, to a performance in Havana, Cuba with the Orquestra Sinfonica National de Cuba, to six concert tours of Korea, his European recital debut at the Arco Festival in France, to Carnegie Hall, among other stops. He has returned to Sioux City a handful of times as a soloist and the Sioux City Symphony welcomes him back, sharing one of the most romantic concertos ever written for the violin.


Ryan Lindveit                           World Premiere (2020)

Anna Clyne                               Within Her Arms (2009)

Max Bruch                                Violin Concerto No. 1 in G minor, Op. 26 (1865-1867)

Ludwig Van Beethoven           Symphony No. 7 in A Major, Op. 92 (1811-1812)

About our Guest Artists

Eric Grossman, violin

Ryan Lindveit, 

SCSO's Composer of the Year

  • I’m a sucker for some good violin, so this evening’s performance, featuring violinist Chloë Hanslip, ought to be a treat. She’ll be performing Bruch’s Violin Concerto No. 1, which she recorded…with the London Symphony Orchestra…when she was fifteen years old. I can’t wait to hear how the live performance compares to her recording. This is one piece I’ve been looking forward to all season.

  • It shouldn’t surprise you to see that the Orpheum will host another world premiere. The SCSO’s 2020 Composer of the Year debuts a brand new piece this evening. We don’t know what or whose it is yet, but I find it heartening to live in a community where quality new work is performed with such frequency and dedication. This will be the second world premiere of the season; Clint Needham’s premieres in November. The 18/19 season included two world premieres as well: the 2019 Composer of the Year and a new work by Dance Heginbotham choreographed to Stravinsky’s “Circus Polka.”

  • Of all the programs in this season, I may be the most excited about the second half of this one.The SCSO works hard to present a variety of music, including seven major pieces that are younger than I am (35).If you enjoy all the new music but are hesitant to really dig deep into the classic classical world, this just might be the program for you.Never heard of Max Bruch?Give his violin concerto one minute of your attention; it after about 65 seconds.And after hearing Beethoven’s Seventh Symphony you’ll probably understand why orchestras across the world are celebrating his birthday 250 years later.

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