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Immortal Treasures Concert, Sunday Jan 21st 3pm, Crimi Auditorium

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Immortal Treasures Concert, Sunday Jan 21st 3pm, Crimi Auditorium

The concert begins with Beethoven's Overture to his ballet, The Creatures of Prometheus.

It is an energetic opener for the program.  The Brahms Violin Concerto appears next.  This work is a massive concerto for the violin and needs a very serious artist to perform it well.   The second half of the program features the charming Symphony No. 8 in G Major of Dvorak. 

These pieces have all been placed together for this concert due to the influence that each of these composers had on each other.   Brahms worked under the shadow of Beethoven throughout his career. The feeling that he could never stack up to the great Beethoven was one of the main reasons why he took so long to compose a symphony and why there are clear parallels between their respective violin concerti.  Without the influence of Brahms, the world may never had heard much of the music of Dvorak.  Brahms championed the works of Dvorak and recommended him to his publisher which allowed his music to be heard by generations of music lovers around the world.

Our soloist for the concert is Dr. Wen Lei Gu who is on the faculty of the conservatory of Lawrence University.  This will be her first appearance with the Fox Valley Orchestra.  She is one of the most brilliant violinists in the nation and has performed throughout the world.    Maestro Brian Groner has worked with her perhaps a dozen times and knows she will absolutely dazzle our audience.  

Maestro Groner says: “There is much on this program to love.  The overture is great fun, I adore working with the soloist.  This Dvorak Symphony is very special to me.  It brings back memories of a kind mentor and friend who conducted this work on his last concert.” 

The audience will take so many things with them from this concert.  They will experience the feeling of a truly "happy" Beethoven. They will not be able to resist being drawn into music by the stunning focus and deep musical insights of our soloist.  I hope that the audience will be moved by the way Dvorak expresses his pride in the people and the countryside of his homeland as they hear his melodies inspired by his native Bohemia.


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