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World Premiere/Recording Highlight of ASO’s Closing Classical Concert

May 7, 2013

Maestro Peter Bay and the ASO close the 102nd classical concert season by welcoming Avery Fisher Career Grant recipient, violinist Vadim Gluzman to the ASO stage on Friday and Saturday, May 31st & June 1st at the Long Center for the Performing Arts’ Dell Hall. These performances are proudly sponsored by Frost Bank and Slack & Davis, LLP.

PROGRAM
Bernstein – Overture to Candide
Hill – Symphony No. 4 in E-flat Major, Op. 47 (world premiere)
Tchaikovsky – Violin Concerto in D Major, Op. 35
Rimsky-Korsakov – Capriccio espagnol, Op. 34

Vadim Gluzman’s extraordinary artistry both sustains the great violinistic traditions of the 19th & 20th centuries and enlivens it with the dynamism of today. This Russian-born Israeli artist appears regularly with major orchestras in North America, Europe, Asia and the Middle East. He has worked with the world’s foremost conductors, including Neeme Järvi, Michael Tilson Thomas, Andrew Litton, and Itzhak Perlman. Along with his wife and long-standing recital partner/pianist Angela Yoffe, Gluzman founded North Shore Chamber Music Festival. In the 2013-14 season he begins collaboration with the ProMusica Chamber Orchestra in Columbus, OH, in the new position of Creative Partner and Principal Guest Artist.

Maestro Bay begins the evening with the overture to Leonard Bernstein’s operetta Candide. Bernstein has long been a model conductor for Bay. Bernstein’s Candide is based on the French satire by Voltaire. Bernstein originally wrote the music to accompany a libretto by Lillian Hellman for a December 1956 run on Broadway. Although the show flopped, Bernstein’s music was praised. The libretto was rewritten nearly 17 years later by Hugh Wheeler. The show would prove more popular with Wheeler’s book as opposed to Hellman’s, which was criticized for being too literal an adaption of Voltaire’s novel.

Maestro Bay then presents the world premiere of a work by American composer Edward Burlingame Hill, his Symphony No. 4 in E-flat Major. Hill was a teacher of Leonard Bernstein and although written in 1941, his 4th Symphony was never played before his death in 1960 and only survives in manuscript form, with no orchestral parts written out. Although his music was always met with critical success, that was the time of the rise of more “American” sounding composer such as Copland, Harris and Schuman, and Hill’s music quickly became “old hat.” Plus, composition was not a “proper” pursuit for a “Harvard Man.” Hill’s superiors saw no benefit to his composing. He continued writing into his retirement years and, as with the Fourth Symphony, he often didn’t make out the orchestral parts needed for performance. Composition was his outlet for his inner need for self-expression; performance would be the “icing on the cake.” And in his later years, he rarely got the icing.

These performances of the Hill symphony will be recorded for a future CD release by the ASO that will also include other works by Hill to be recorded next January in the 2013-14 season.

Mr. Gluzman takes center stage after intermission for a reading of one of classical music’s most beloved pieces, Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto in D Major. The evening closes with the Capriccio espagnol of Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov.

Tickets for Vadim Gluzman with the Austin Symphony range from $23 to $54. Student rush tickets are also available 20 minutes prior to performance for $5 cash and current student ID. Charge tickets online at http://www.austinsymphony.org where you will find seating maps, price options and a wealth of concert information. Tickets are also available at the Austin Symphony Box Office, 11th and Red River or call 476-6064 or 1-888-4-MAESTRO (toll-free).