Beethoven Symphony No.7

Orpheum Theatre

March 14, 2020 - 7:30pm

Preconcert talk w/Maestro Haskins at 6:45pm

Recognized as one of the most celebrated violinists of her generation, Elissa Lee Koljonen has thrilled audiences and critics in over one hundred cities throughout the world.


2020 Composer of the Year    World Premiere (2020)

Anna Clyne                               Within Her Arms (2009)

Max Bruch                                Violin Concert 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

Elissa Lee Koljonen, violin

First recipient of the prestigious
Henryk Szeryng Foundation Award

  • 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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