Masterworks II: A Passion for LifeMasterworks Series
November 2, 2014
Sunday, 2:00 p.m.
Centennial Hall, Rock Island
MARK RUSSELL SMITH, conductor
ERIN KEEFE, violin
JAMES ROMIG World Premiere
JOHANNES BRAHMS Violin Concerto
PETER ILYICH TCHAIKOVSKY Symphony No. 6 "Pathétique”
A compelling artist who combines exhilarating temperament and fierce integrity, violinist Erin Keefe has performed with the top orchestras of the world and has won competitions in North America, Europe, and Asia. Now the Quad Cities has its chance to experience this "impressive violin soloist” (The New York Times) in one of the greatest concerto masterpieces–Brahms’ luminous Violin Concerto which practically overflows with rich melodies and joyous dances. Symphony No. 6 "Pathétique,” Tchaikovsky’s final work, swings from exuberance to heart-rending despair, suffering, and loss. It is the capstone to a career filled with wild success and deep disappointment. Some even believe the symphony, a deeply personal piece, foretold his mysterious death only nine days after its premiere.