Never one to settle for obvious titles to his orchestral works, America’s greatest living composer revisits the dizzying territory of his original Chamber Symphony in typically febrile style. Barber’s Violin Concerto offers a lyrical contrast in the hands of 26-year-old compatriot Benjamin Beilman. Expect a more relaxed style in Schubert’s sunny Fifth Symphony under the guidance of Karina Canellakis, winner of the 2016 Sir Georg Solti Conducting Award.
PERFORMER INSIGHTS, 6.30PM:
Karina Canellakis - one of America's most talented young conducting talents - introduces the evening’s concert alongside Sub-Principal Bassoon Alison Green.
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Winner of the 2016 Sir Georg Solti Conducting Award, Karina Canellakis is internationally acclaimed for her emotionally charged performances, technical command and interpretive depth. She made her European conducting debut in 2015 with the Chamber Orchestra of Europe in Graz, Austria, replacing the late Nikolaus Harnoncourt, returning the following June to conduct Concentus Musicus Wien in four symphonies of a Beethoven Cycle. She first made headlines in 2014 filling in at the last-minute for Jaap van Zweden in Shostakovich Symphony No. 8 with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, where she held the position of Assistant Conductor for two seasons.
Twenty-six year old American violinist Benjamin Beilman is winning plaudits in both North America and Europe for his passionate performances and deep rich tone and is establishing himself on both sides of the Atlantic as a significant artist of the next generation. The New York Times has praised his "handsome technique, burnished sound, and quiet confidence [which] showed why he has come so far so fast".