Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 4

Friday, March 17, 2017 7:30PM
Boettcher Concert Hall

Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 4
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Marcelo Lehninger, conductor
Vadim Gluzman, violin

TCHAIKOVSKY Marche Slave, Op. 31
PROKOFIEV Violin Concerto No. 2 in G minor, Op. 63
TCHAIKOVSKY Symphony No. 4 in F minor, Op. 36

Dubbed "formidable," "technically assured," and "emotional," Brazilian-born Marcelo Lehninger makes his debut as guest conductor of the Colorado Symphony with violin soloist Vadim Gluzman. Lehninger, recently appointed Music Director of the Grand Rapids Symphony, brings his diverse repertoire to the slate with Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky to begin and end the concert with Marche Slave and Symphony No. 4. In between is Prokofiev's Violin Concerto No. 2, featuring Israeli-born Gluzman. The piece opens with hints of Russian folk music but swiftly transitions with Spanish flare and a nod to influences in the castanet-laden third movement. Marche Slave, or Serbo-Russian March, is an apt starter, a tone poem that was originally written to benefit injured Serbian veterans after the Serbo-Turkish War of 1876-78. The grand finale, Symphony No. 4, among Tchaikovsky's most popular works, is a meticulously structured meditation on fate in four movements.


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Prelude Information
Don't forget to arrive early for the prelude at 6:30 pm hosted by Colorado Symphony Violist, Philip Stevens. Preludes are insightful discussions that take place before each Masterworks performance and are included with your concert ticket. For more information about the different types of preludes, CLICK HERE.

Musician picks!
Why some of our very own think you should see this performance!

Jason Shafer - Principal Clarinet
"Tchaikovsky 4 has to be one of the most engaging and exciting symphonies for any audience member to experience! But I also have to mention that the Prokofiev 2nd Violin Concerto is one of my favorite violin concertos, and we are very lucky to have Vadim Gluzman playing it. I've always felt that this particular piece was one of Prokofiev's greatest works."

Phillip Hembree – Assistant Principal Trumpet
"Tchaikovsky is one of the easiest composers to love, with his catchy melodies, emotional writing, and great use of the orchestra. I grew up listening and playing Tchaikovsky’s March Slave, and Symphony No. 4, and still enjoy playing them with a full orchestra.."

John Sipher – Principal Trombone
"As a trombone player, I'm a total sucker for the Russian composers, and not many composers wrote as well for the trombone section as Tchaikovsky did. His range of colors and depth of emotion in his Symphony No. 4 are completely captivating and a thrill to perform."

Susan Rockey Bowles - Cello
"Tchaik 4 is one of the truly classic works in the symphonic repertoire with beautiful rich melodies and Vadim Gluzman is just the right violinist to present the Prokofiev violin concerto."

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