Concert Details

Vadim Gluzman with the VSO

  • Vadim Gluzman

  • Otto Tausk

  • Conductor / Performers

    Otto Tausk Conductor

    Vadim Gluzman violin*

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  • Repertoire


    Ruslan and Ludmila: Overture


    Violin Concerto No. 2 in C-sharp minor*


    Symphony No. 1 in E minor

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One of the planet’s greatest and most accomplished violinists, Vadim Gluzman makes his much-anticipated return to perform Shostakovich’s dark and complex second violin concerto. Often overshadowed by its big brother, the first concerto, Shostakovich’s second work for violin and orchestra shares much of the same complexity, darkness and angst as the first violin concerto, though not as much overtly virtuosic writing, opting for an introspective though still intense tone.

Music Director Designate Maestro Otto Tausk presides his first concert since being named the next VSO Music Director, in a performance that includes the expressive and lyrical first symphony of Jean Sibelius. Though maybe not as developed and complex as later works, Sibelius’s First Symphony was still a stunning and revolutionary achievement, showing many of his Nationalist characteristics and symphonic descriptions of his homeland.


Otto Tausk is the VSO’s Music Director Designate. In all collaborations he leads, Maestro Tausk energizes those he works with earning him enthusiastic and critical acclaim. He has been Music Director of the Symphony Orchestra and Opera Theatre St Gallen since 2012. He is also a hugely respected musical personality in his native Holland, working with all the major orchestras and composers. Maestro Tausk will take up the baton as VSO Music Director in July of 2018. www.ottotausk.com

Vadim Gluzman’s extraordinary artistry brings to life the glorious violin tradition of the 19th and 20th centuries. Gluzman’s wide repertoire embraces new music and his performances are heard around the world through live broadcasts and a striking catalogue of award-winning recordings. Vadim Gluzman plays the legendary 1690 ‘ex-Leopold Auer’ Stradivari on extended loan to him through the generosity of the Stradivari Society of Chicago. www.vadimgluzman.com

Timing, Box Office and Concert Information: This concert will be approximately 2 hours and 10 minutes in length, including a 20-minute intermission. The Orpheum Box Office opens 2 hours prior to performance start time. Doors open 75 minutes ahead of performance time. Pre-Concert Talk begins at 7:05pm in the auditorium. If you have chose to pick up tickets at Will Call, please arrive at least 30 minutes before performance start time to pick up your tickets.

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Performance Dates

  • Saturday, Oct 14, 2017

    8pm Orpheum Theatre

  • Monday, Oct 16, 2017

    8pm Orpheum Theatre


Air Canada
Masterworks Diamond