Yannick Nézet-Séguin, conductor
Joshua Bell, violin
Dvořák Otello Overture
Bruch Violin Concerto No. 1
Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 6 (“Pathétique”)
- The Philadelphia Orchestra, 8pm
- CDPHP Family Night, 7pm
Returning to SPAC for two encore performances is celebrated violinist JOSHUA BELL. With a career spanning more than 30 years as a soloist, chamber musician, recording artist and conductor, he will perform two closing evenings including an August 17 program highlighted by Bruch’s ravishing Violin Concerto No. 1.
- Although it’s still one of the world’s most popular violin concertos ever composed, Bruch was extremely insecure about his Violin Concerto, ultimately rewriting his work half a dozen times before it was completed to his satisfaction.
- Bruch became very frustrated with his concerto’s success, which seemingly overshadowed all of his other works. In the end, he couldn’t bear to hear it.
- Bruch sold the score outright for a small lump sum and never saw another penny from his concerto. This unfortunately meant he lived his final years destitute and unable to enforce the payment of royalties for his other works, and eventually resorted to selling his autograph for money.
Read more here:
- The Story Of Max Bruch’s First Violin Concerto: http://www.classicfm.com/composers/bruch/guides/story-max-bruchs-violin-concerto/