From our sponsors at Oregon Symphony:
Gomyo Plays Beethoven
Sunday, October 30 @ 2 p.m.
Monday, October 31 @ 8 p.m.
Tickets start at $21 | All Ages
Purchase Tickets at orsymphony.org/gomyo
Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall
1111 SW Broadway
An extraordinary concert to be sure!
First, red-hot violin virtuoso Karen Gomyo tackles Beethoven's only violin concerto. Don't take our word on what a remarkable performer she is (although we do think she's definitely something special!) . . . the Oregonian recently recommended her, praising her ¬Å“astonishing ease on the fiddle, combined with fierce, urgent explorations of the meaning behind the music.¬Â
And what a special piece she plays. Both the violin and the orchestra as equal partners in a dance that ends in a brilliantly sparkling movement.
After intermission, enjoy two pieces, each composed on the subject of war. Copland's Letter From Home is a musical setting of a letter from a World War II soldier. Don't expect brass and bombast, though. This one's got a gentle pastoral feel to it.
Nielsen's Symphony No. 4 (¬Å“The Inextinguishable¬Â) will take care of the bombast, with two complete sets of tympani required. So you'll definitely want to keep an eye on tympanist Jonathan Greeney! But in the end you can expect a completely positive experience that celebrates, amidst even the horrors of World War I, the indomitable spirit of life. Count on an explosive final movement that will leave you breathless.