Waterbury Symphony Orchestra

2017 - 2018: Sonic Structures

Classical I

Romantic Virtuosity

Leif Bjaland, Conductor
Natasha Korsakova, violinist

Saturday, September 23, 2017 | 8 pm
NVCC Fine Arts Center

Pre-concert discussion: TBD

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Dvorak — Carnival Overture
Tchaikovsky — Violin Concerto
Elgar — 'Enigma Variations'

A celebration with friends - what could be better? And Dvorak's boisterous Carnival Overture provides a suitably festive invitation to join the party! Elgar dedicates his Enigma Variations to "my friends pictured within." It is a series of musical portraits of friends, neighbors and fellow musicians who helped him discover his unique musical voice. And one of the WSO's closest musical friends, Russian violinist Natasha Korsakova, will bring her special brand of artistry to this celebration with a performance of Tchaikovsky's popular Violin Concerto.


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Virtuoso Natasha Korsakova, of Russian-Greek decent, is one of most popular violinists of her generation. The German Süddeutsche Zeitung describes her ability to play the violin as a "sinfully beautiful listening experience". The young violinist who speaks five languages is currently a coveted guest for national and international orchestras, music festivals and concert events. The artist stands for “Perfect technique, bold stylistic sense and musical intuition (FAZ) as well as for a charisma that without equal.

...to read more about Natasha Korsakova

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"arguably the most versatile... composer of his time"

Antonín Dvořák

(1841 –1904)
Antonín Leopold Dvořák was a Czech composer.

Dvořák’s style has been described as ‘the fullest recreation of a national idiom with that of the symphonic tradition, absorbing folk influences and finding effective ways of using them’.
In 1892, Dvořák moved to the United States and became the director of the National Conservatory of Music of America in New York City. While in the United States, Dvořák wrote his two most successful orchestral works. The Symphony From the New World spread his reputation worldwide.  His Cello Concerto is one of the most highly regarded of all cello concerti. Also, he wrote his American String Quartet, his most appreciated piece of chamber music. (www.biography.com)

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Sir Edward William Elgar

(1857 –1934)

Sir Edward William Elgar was an English composer, many of whose works have entered the British and international classical concert repertoire. Among his best-known compositions are orchestral works including the Enigma Variations, the Pomp and Circumstance Marches, concertos for violin and cello, and two symphonies. He also composed choral works, including The Dream of Gerontius, chamber music and songs. He was appointed Master of the King's Musick in 1924. (www.biography.com)


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 “Inspiration is a guest that does not willingly visit the lazy.”—Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky


Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky is widely considered the most popular Russian composer in history. His work includes the The Sleeping Beauty and The Nutcracker.


Composer Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky was born on May 7, 1840, in Vyatka, Russia. His work was first publicly performed in 1865. In 1868, his First Symphony was well-received. In 1874, he established himself with Piano Concerto No.1 in B-flat Minor. Tchaikovsky resigned from the Moscow Conservatory in 1878, and spent the rest of his career composing yet more prolifically. He died in St. Petersburg on November 6, 1893. (www.biography.com)

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