Presenting: the brass family! Philadelphia Orchestra musician Matt Vaughn will guide the audience through this regal instrument family.
Cristian Macelaru - Conductor
Leonidas Kavakos - Violin
Shostakovich - Violin Concerto No. 1
INTERMISSION - Intermission
Marsalis - Blues Symphony
Pulitzer Prize-winner Wynton Marsalis switches from jazz band to symphony orchestra for his Blues Symphony. “Blues is affirmation with absolute elegance,” says Marsalis, and he uses the classic 12-bar musical form as the basis for this work, which celebrates all types of American and African-American music, from spirituals to ragtime, from marches to bluegrass. This Philadelphia premiere is conducted by our long-time friend Cristian Macelaru. Shostakovich's emotional First Violin Concerto reveals the pure power and technical prowess of orchestra and soloist. Leonidas Kavakos, “a marvel of exactitude” (The Philadelphia Inquirer), describes the dialogues between the two as “absolutely breathtaking.”
The December 14 performance is sponsored by