Saturday, September 18, 2021, 8pm
Sunday, September 19, 2021, 3pm
James Lowe, conductor
Bella Hristova, violin
After a tumultuous year it’s appropriate to re-open with Hailstork’s jubilant fanfare based on “Amazing Grace,” possibly one of the single most recognizable tunes in the English-speaking world. Bella Hristova joins us for Sibelius’ monumental Violin Concerto, one of the most original and masterly works in the repertoire. Sibelius weaves the violin brilliantly thorough the orchestra and ranges in expression from icy cool to passionate intensity. Brahms’ Symphony No. 2 ends the celebration with some of his most heartfelt music. Composed in a single summer by the picturesque Wörthersee, it contains moments of rich melody, solace and joy.
Adolphus Hailstork -Fanfare on Amazing Grace Jean Sibelius - Violin Concerto in D minor, Op.47 Johannes Brahms - Symphony No. 2 in D major, Op.73
Experience a behind-the-scenes look at how Masterworks performances are perfected. Watch the inner workings of the orchestra as James, the musicians and our guest artist shape and polish each work in the final rehearsal.
Acclaimed for her passionate, powerful performances, beautiful sound, and compelling command of her instrument, violinist Bella Hristova is a young musician with a growing international career. The Strad has praised, “Every sound she draws is superb” and The Washington Post wrote she is “a player of impressive power and control”.
Her appearances with orchestras in recent seasons include the New York String Orchestra at Carnegie Hall, the Orchestra of St. Luke’s with Pinchas Zukerman at Lincoln Center, the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, Chautauqua, Columbus, Hawaii, Kansas City, Milwaukee and Winnipeg symphonies as well as orchestras in Asia, Europe, Latin America and New Zealand. In recital, Ms. Hristova has performed at some of the premier venues in the world, including Carnegie Hall, Merkin Concert Hall, the Isabella Gardner Museum in Boston, and Kennedy Center. In 2017 she toured New Zealand, performing and recording Beethoven's 10 Sonatas with renowned pianist Michael Houstoun. A sought-after chamber musician, Ms. Hristova performs frequently with The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center and is an alum of The Bowers Program.