Moeckel plays The Red Violin - Classic 5
Friday, January 17, 2014 at 8:00 PM
Sunday, January 19, 2014 at 2:00 PM
George Hanson, conductor
Steven Moeckel, violin
Corigliano: Concerto for Violin and Orchestra The Red Violin TSO PREMIERE
Mahler: Symphony No. 5
Complimentary “Concert Comments” with the conductor and guest artist take place one hour before the performance and give you insight into what you’re about to hear.
Film music takes center stage as former Concertmaster Steven Moeckel returns to the Tucson Symphony Orchestra to perform the popular and powerful concerto based on the music John Corigliano composed for Joshua Bell in the 1998 film, The Red Violin. Mahler’s brilliant Fifth Symphony closes the program with its plaintive, engrossing and moving Adagietto, popularized by Luchino Visconti’s award-winning 1971 film, Death in Venice.
Virtuoso violinist Steven Moeckel’s “brilliance, expression, energy and passion” have earned him acclaim throughout Europe, South America and the U.S. As both soloist and concert artist, he has captivated audiences with his musicianship, rich sound, and technical prowess. Moeckel has performed as violinist of the Makart Trio Salzburg and as first violinist of the Auraeus Quartet in concerts throughout Europe. His notable U.S. appearances include chamber music performances with Leon Fleisher and Menachem Pressler at Chicago’s Ravinia Festival and concerto appearances in repertoire ranging from the Brahms Double Concerto with cellist Andres Diaz to the dazzling Red Violin Concerto of John Corigliano. Moeckel graduated with honors at the age of nineteen from the Mozarteum in Salzburg and immediately assumed the position of Co-Concertmaster of Germany’s Ulm Philharmonic, where he remained for three seasons. After returning to America for further study, he became Concertmaster of the Tucson Symphony Orchestra from 2002 through 2008.
Conductor Herbert von Karajan once remarked about Gustav Mahler’s Symphony No. 5, “A great performance of the Fifth is a transforming experience. The fantastic finale almost forces you to hold your breath.”
In Europe, George Hanson has been hailed as a “Mahler specialist.” “Mahler Becomes a Sensation” stated the headline on one review after he led the Wuppertal Symphony in a performance of the Fifth that was greeted with a standing ovation. The review in the German newspaper, Westdeutsche Zeitung, acknowledged Mahler’s description of his work as “very, very difficult,” and claimed, “George Hanson and the Sinfonieorchester Wuppertal fully reached these enormously high requirements. With the Fifth, [Hanson] showed his own self-assured profile. . . . Hanson completely understands the work from the first to the last note and reflected his understanding in the smallest detail.” The review also noted that Hanson had conducted the work with just the approach Mahler wanted as indicated by his letters. When the TSO last performed Mahler’s Fifth in October, 2006, the Arizona Daily Star called the performance, “superb.”