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Schumann's "Spring"

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Orchestra Hall
Thursday, April 12, 2018 – 7:30 PM
Friday, April 13, 2018 – 10:45 AM
Saturday, April 14, 2018 – 8:00 PM
This program will be live webcast Friday, April 13
at 10:45 am EDT (GMT-4) on dso.org/live.
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Concert Description

Trumpets begin Schumann’s First Symphony announcing an awakening – Spring! The air is filled with sounds of a world turning green as everything bursts to life. Woven with the colors and vitality of Winter’s end, Schumann sought to cure our longing for a new season. Hannu Lintu leads the DSO on a program featuring Ray Chen, one of the most compelling young violinists today who’s sparking his own musical awakening, with millions of followers online.

ConcerTalk 4/12 at 6:30 PM & 4/14 at 7 PM: Get the most out of each Classical concert with informal presentations in Orchestra Hall one hour before the performance begins. Enjoy special guests, lectures, or performances that illuminate the program and provide a behind-the-scenes look at the art of making music! In this iteration, Steven Whiting, University of Michigan Professor of Musicology, will speak about the program.


Hannu Lintu, conductor  
Ray Chen, violin   Bio


Winner of the International Queen Elisabeth Competition (2009) and the Yehudi Menuhin Competition (2008), Ray Chen is among the most compelling young violinists today. His premiere album Virtuoso, released worldwide on Sony Classical in 2011, won the prestigious Echo Klassik Award. Following its success, Ray Chen was profiled by The Strad and Gramophone magazines as “the one to watch”. The second recording, featuring the Tchaikovsky and Mendelssohn violin concertos, was the result of Ray Chen’s artistic partnership with Daniel Harding and the Swedish Radio Orchestra. “It’s hard to say something new with these celebrated works. However, Ray Chen performs them with the kind of authority that puts him in the same category as Maxim Vengerov.” (Corriere della Sera) In Maestro Vengerov’s own words: “Ray has proven himself to be a very pure musician with great qualities such as a beautiful youthful tone, vitality and lightness. He has all the skills of a truly musical interpreter.”


DEBUSSY Printemps  
SHOSTAKOVICH Violin Concerto No. 1  
SCHUMANN Symphony No. 1, "Spring"