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Scott St. John Plays Korngold

Masterworks Gold Series

at Orpheum Theatre

  • 26 October

    Friday 8:00 pm

    Orpheum Theatre

  • 27 October

    Saturday 8:00 pm

    Orpheum Theatre

Approx. 90 Minute Performance

1 Intermission

Program

  • Henryk Górecki
    Three Pieces in Old Style
  • Korngold
    Violin Concerto in D Major*
  • Shostakovich
    Symphony No. 9 in E-flat Major
The great Canadian violinist Scott St. John makes a welcome return to the VSO to perform the lush and moving Korngold Violin Concerto.

Erich Korngold is perhaps one of the more underappreciated composers of the twentieth century. After fleeing Europe to LA in 1935 he spent much of his life toiling away on film scores. They may have given him a certain undeserved reputation. Prior to his emigration, Korngold was one of the rising stars in Europe. Mahler called him “a genius, a genius”. One musicologist called him “the new Mozart.” You can see why when listening to his terrific violin concerto. Read the fascinating story of Korngold here in a lovely article from The Guardian’s Martin Kettle.

The concerto is matched with Shostakovich’s contemporaneous 9th symphony, also written in 1945. Shostakovich was supposed to deliver a work celebrating the Soviet Union’s victory in WWII. Instead, he wrote a lighter symphony almost reminiscent of Mozart, which can be read as a slap in the face to the militaristic authorities. Plus, Henryk Górecki’s beautiful Three Pieces in Old Style. Górecki is best known for his million-album selling Symphony of Sorrowful Songs. If you are an admirer you will definitely appreciate the three pieces as well. Gorecki’s countryman Michał Nesterowicz conducts.

Listen to the great Heifitz playing the Korngold below.

  • 26 October

    Friday 8:00 pm

    Orpheum Theatre

  • 27 October

    Saturday 8:00 pm

    Orpheum Theatre

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