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Mozart & Prokofiev

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Friday, May 8, 2020 – 10:45 AM
Saturday, May 9, 2020 – 8:00 PM

Concert Description

Four of Mozart’s five violin concertos, including the fourth, were written when the composer was a mere 19 years old, and closely resemble Baroque pieces, as they preceded Mozart’s mature style heard in his later concertos for the piano. Karen Gomyo, a violinist “of rare musical command, vitality, brilliance and intensity” (Chicago Tribune), returns by popular demand to perform this bright gem of Mozart’s. Prokofiev lifted elements of his own ballet The Prodigal Son for use in his Fourth Symphony; a sense of the Son’s restlessness can be felt in its finale.

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Lionel Bringuier, conductor  
Karen Gomyo, violin   Bio

Recipient of the prestigious Avery Fisher Career Grant in 2008, violinist Karen Gomyo has been hailed by the Chicago Tribune as “A first-rate artist of real musical command, vitality, brilliance and intensity”, and by the Cleveland Plain Dealer as “captivating, honest and soulful, fueled by abundant talent but not a vain display of technique”.

Gomyo has established herself in recent years as a much in demand soloist internationally, performing with orchestras such as the New York Philharmonic, LA Philharmonic, San Francisco Symphony, Philadelphia Orchestra, and Cleveland Orchestra. Outside of the US, she has appeared with the Danish National Symphony, Mozarteum Orchester Salzburg, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, Scottish Chamber Orchestra, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Tokyo Symphony, and Sydney Symphony.

Learn more at karengomyo.com.


MOZART Violin Concerto No. 4  
PROKOFIEV Symphony No. 4