April 29, 2017
| 8:00 PM | Peoria Civic Center Theater
Brahms and Beethoven
George Stelluto, Conductor
Arnaud Sussmann, Violin
With additional support from PNC and the Ruby K. Worner Trust
Brahms: Violin Concerto
Beethoven: Symphony No.3 “Eroica”
The thrilling, young violinist joins the PSO for the music of the master composers, Brahms and Beethoven.
This program features two of the greatest works of musical history – Johannes Brahms’ soaring Violin Concerto and Ludwig van Beethoven’s passionate, monumental Symphony No. 3. Arnaud Sussmann makes his PSO debut in the Brahms piece. Winner of several international competitions, Mr. Sussmann in a protégé of the famous Itzhak Perlman. As a recording artist Sussmann has captured the attention of classical critics and audiences around the world.
He will be featured in the WTVP/PSO Sound Bites series this summer, with acclaimed pianist Orion Weiss, in a program of Brahms, Mozart, and Ravel. The Brahms Violin Concerto in D is considered one of the best solo concertos of all time – on any instrument. Brahms demands not only technical perfection for the soloist but also interpretive genius at a profound level. Ranging in emotional contents from heroic and passionate to noble and tender, Brahms’ voice sings to the ages through the solo violin in dialogue with the orchestra.
On the second half, Maestro Stelluto and the PSO will perform Beethoven’s Symphony No. 3, entitled “Eroica.” This masterpiece is inspired by both the idealism and disappointment of the French Revolution. Beethoven set music on a new path with this symphony, influencing composers for generation to come, including Brahms and Tchaikovsky. The piece is a milestone of composition and poignant musical expression. In November 1963, the Boston Symphony Orchestra suddenly changed its scheduled program and played the Third Symphony’s soul-searching Funeral March upon hearing the news of JFK’s death.
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