A Classic Conversation - Presented by Green Valley Recreation
Thursday, October 17, 2013 at 7:30 PM
George Hanson, conductor
Elena Urioste, violin
Winger: Conversations with Nijinsky TSO PREMIERE
Barber: Violin Concerto
Haydn: Symphony No. 104 “London”
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Recipient of the inaugural Sphinx Medal of Excellence, Elena Urioste has been on the cover of Symphony Magazine and her performances with the Chicago Symphony have been acclaimed for their “hypnotic delicacy,” “expressive poise,” and “lyrical sensitivity.” Her performance of the haunting Violin Concerto by Samuel Barber will pull the listener into its enchanted world immediately. Haydn’s great London Symphony, written at a time of immense accomplishment in his life, reflects his own joy. The program opens with the contemporary work, Conversations with Nijinsky, a ballet suite by dancer-turned-rock star and composer, Kip Winger.
Since first appearing with the Philadelphia Orchestra at age thirteen, Elena Urioste has made acclaimed debuts with major orchestras throughout the U.S., including the Cleveland Orchestra, New York Philharmonic, the Boston Pops, the Buffalo Philharmonic, and the Atlanta, Baltimore, Detroit, Pittsburgh, Richmond, and San Antonio symphony orchestras. Her performances with the Chicago Symphony have been acclaimed for their “hypnotic delicacy,” “expressive poise,” and “lyrical sensitivity.” Urioste was recently selected as a BBC New Generation Artist and featured on the cover of Symphony magazine. She was also recently featured in the 15th anniversary issue of Latina magazine as one of its “Future Fifteen.”
The Barber Violin Concerto is one of the most performed twentieth century concertos and one which is widely noted for its fine craftsmanship. “Something about this piece feels very comfortable to me,” Urioste says of the Concerto. “It’s beautiful, heart wrenching in places. It’s warm and it’s romantic. I love the harmonies and its melodic language.”
Haydn’s Symphony No. 104, “London,” is the last from a set of twelve commissioned by the Anglo-German impresario and violinist Johann Peter Salomon. The “London” or “Salomon” symphonies were immensely successful but were the last symphonies he composed, moving on in his remaining productive years to oratorios. What made Haydn popular then and now is his use of great melodies. The 104th exemplifies that and like most of Haydn is a basically happy work but with underlying and subtle emotional currents.
The MasterWorks Series receives generous support from Drs. John P. and Helen S. Schaefer.