The Salt Lake Symphony will open our 22-23 Season with two rarely heard, but engaging symphonies. Sibelius’s 7th is his final symphony, a study in compact form, almost as if the entire Romantic period has collapsed on itself like a dying star. Lasting merely 20 minutes, this symphony nonetheless has 4 encapsulated movements and enough emotional sweep to take the audience on a memorable journey through the Finnish imagination. When the work was written in 1924, it was a surprise to audiences both in its brevity and depth. Similarly, Shostakovich’s 9th Symphony, written in 1945, was expected to be a grand testament of victory. What Shostakovich gave us, however, was one of his shortest symphonies, albeit a 5-movement work that expresses the happiness of a great weight being lifted, the end of WWII. It is indeed joyous, but also contains the touch of sardonic wit expected from this master’s works. Offsetting these two brief masterpieces, principal oboist Hilary Coon moves to the front of the stage to play Marcello’s endearing oboe concerto, with one of the most beautiful melodies in all the Baroque repertoire.
Run time: 105 minutes includes 15 minute intermission.
Age policy: Recommended for ages 8 and up. All patrons require a ticket, no babies-in-arms.
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LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN | Quartet in f minor, Op. 95 “Serioso” F. J. HAYDN | Quartet in D Major, Op. 50, No. 6 “Frog” FRANK BRIDGE | Piano Quintet in d minor, H. 49
F. J. HAYDN | String Quartet Op.33 No.5 ALFRED SCHNITTKE | String Quartet No.3 SOO YEON LYUH | Yessori, A Fantasia for Haegeum LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN | String Quartet Op.130 & Op.133 “Grosse Fuge”
J. S. BACH | Selections from Art of Fugue, BWV 1080 F. J. HAYDN | Quartet in A Major, Op. 20, No. 6 JOHANNES BRAHMS | Quartet in a minor, Op. 51, No. 2
F. J. HAYDN | Piano Trio No. 44 in E Major, Op. 86, No. 2 ANTON ARENSKY | Piano Trio No. 1 in D minor Op. 32 FRANZ SCHUBERT | Piano Trio No. 2 in E-flat Major, Op. 100, D. 929
BENJAMIN BRITTEN | String Quartet No. 1 in D Major, Op. 25 BÉLA BARTÓK | String Quartet No. 6 in D Minor, Sz. 114, BB 119 ANTONÍN DVOŘÁK | String Quartet No. 13 in G Major, Op. 106
F. J. HAYDN | Quartet in D Major, Op. 71, No. 2 ARNOLD SCHOENBERG | Quartet #2 in f-sharp minor, Op. 10 OTTORINO RESPIGHI | Il Tramonto, P. 101 ANTONÍN DVOŘÁK | Nos. 1, 11, and 9 from “Cypresses” GEORGE FRIDERIC HANDEL | Arias (TBD)
FREDERICK TILLIS | Spiritual Fantasy No. 12 for String Quartet, “Nobody Knows the Trouble I See” and “Wade in the Water” SEAN SHEPHERD | World Premier ANTONÍN DVOŘÁK | Quartet in A-flat major, Op. 105
Cliburn Competition Winner Olga Kern is now recognized as one of her generation’s great artists. With her vivid stage presence, passionately confident musicianship, and extraordinary technique, the striking pianist continues to captivate fans and critics alike. Russian-American pianist Olga Kern is now recognized as one of her generation's great pianists. She jumpstarted her U.S. career with her historic Gold Medal win at the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition in Fort Worth, Texas as the first woman to do so in more than thirty years. First prize winner of the Rachmaninoff International Piano Competition at seventeen, Ms. Kern is a laureate of many international competitions. In 2016 she served as Jury Chairman of both the Seventh Cliburn International Amateur Piano Competition and the first Olga Kern International Piano Competition, where she also holds the title of Artistic Director. Ms. Kern frequently gives masterclasses and since September 2017 has served on the piano faculty of the prestigious Manhattan School of Music. Additionally, Ms. Kern has been chosen as the Virginia Arts Festival’s new Connie & Marc Jacobson Director of Chamber Music, beginning with the 2019 season. In recent seasons, Kern performed with the Moscow Philharmonic, Santa Fe Symphony, and the St. Louis Symphony, as well as opened the Pacific Symphony’s 2018-19 season. Kern was also a featured soloist for the Royal Scottish National Orchestra during the 2018-19 Tour. She also served as Artist in Residence for the San Antonio Symphony’s 2017-18 season and had her debut with the National Youth Orchestra on their China tour. Ms. Kern opened the Baltimore Symphony’s 2015-2016 centennial season with Marin Alsop. Other season highlights included returns to the Royal Philharmonic with Pinchas Zukerman, Orchestre Philharmonique de Nice with Giancarlo Guerrero. Ms. Kern's discography includes her Grammy Nominated recording of Rachmaninoff’s Corelli Variations and other transcriptions (2004), Brahms Variations (2007) and Chopin Piano Sonatas No. 2 and 3 (2010). She was featured in the award-winning documentary about the 2001 Cliburn Competition, Playing on the Edge.
The recent Bachauer Gold Medalist returns to Utah with a program of elegance and drama, venturing from Mozart and Schubert Sonatas to Liszt’s virtuosic take on Mozart’s Don Giovanni, including the ever-popular Là ci darem la mano. He alternates between extreme fire and melting sensitivity, each of which gains by contrast to the other." -New York Concert Review Passionate, inspired performances and brilliant technique are the hallmark of pianist CHANGYONG SHIN, First Prize Winner of the Gina Bachauer International Artist Competition, Seoul International Music Competition, and the Hilton Head International Piano Competition. Mr. Shin is also a recording artist, where his debut CD was listed as one of the “Best New Recordings of 2018” by WQXR. His second album of Beethoven, Chopin, and Liszt which was released on Steinway & Sons Label, received rave reviews from ClassicToday. His latest album Gaspard de la Nuit was released on Stomp Music label in Korea, received high praise from Classical Music Journal Pizzicato. A native of South Korea, Changyong Shin received his Bachelor of Music from the Curtis Institute of Music, where he studied with Robert McDonald. Mr. Shin also earned his Master of Music and Artist Diploma program at The Juilliard School as a full-scholarship candidate and studied with Robert McDonald.
Gold Medalist of the Bachauer and Sydney Competitions performs a brilliant concert featuring Rachmaninoff’s Preludes and Stravinsky’s Three Movements from Petrushka, a journey through some of Russia’s greatest musical masterpieces from the 20th century. Possessing an “extraordinarily versatile and agile technique, which serves an often inspired musical imagination” (Gramophone), pianist Andrey Gugnin is rapidly gaining international acclaim as a passionately virtuosic performer. In 2020, the BBC Music Magazine Awards named Gugnin the winner of the Instrumental Award for his recording Shostakovich: 24 Preludes - Piano Sonatas 1 & 2 (Hyperion). Since winning the prestigious Sydney International Piano Competition in 2016, Gugnin has gone from strength to strength in concerts and recordings which exhibit his impassioned interpretations. In addition to winning in Sydney, Gugnin also received prizes at this illustrious competition for Best Overall Concerto, Best 19th/20th Century Concerto, Best Violin and Piano Sonata, and Best Preliminaries for his first-round recital. His also won the Gold Medal and Audience Award at the XCI International Gina Bachauer Piano Competition in 2014, and second prize at the 2013 Beethoven International Piano Competition in Vienna.
A rare opportunity to hear the three final sonatas of Schubert in one evening! With memorable melodies, daring harmonic language, and a profound narrative, these monumental works are replete with drama and virtuosity. Praised by the Vancouver Sun as a "musician's musician" and for his "sensitive playing" by the New York Times, Macau-born pianist Kuok-Wai Lio is active as a soloist and chamber musician worldwide. He has performed at venues such as Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, Tonhalle Zürich, and Herkulessaal in Munich. In January 2004, he received a Commendation of Merit given by the Chief Executive of Macau. Kuok-Wai was a recipient of the prestigious 2013 Avery Fisher Career Grant, as well as the 2016 Career Advancement Award by the Musical Fund Society of Philadelphia. Born in 1989, Kuok-Wai studied at the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts with Gabriel Kwok, and the Curtis Institute of Music with Gary Graffman. Kuok-Wai was invited by Sir András Schiff to take part in his masterclasses in Europe, and by Leon Fleisher to his mentorship program at Caramoor in upstate New York. He is currently pursuing an Artist Diploma at the International Centre for Music at Park University with Stanislav Ioudenitch.
Mozart was an early adopter who frequently used new musical technology in his works. Experience his Fourth String Quintet alongside works by living composers who are equally intrigued by the connection between technology and culture.