With great pleasure, I would like to invite you to my performance of the Beethoven Violin Concerto with the Merrimack Valley Philharmonic, George Monseur conducting, on March 13, 2016, at 2:30 PM. Here are links to concert information and directions to the venue.
Here is a preview pic, taken at our rehearsal earlier this week!
The Merrimack Valley Philharmonic holds a special place in my heart, as it was one of the first orchestras to give me the opportunity to perform as soloist. Back when I was only 13 years old, conductor George Monseur invited me to perform Sarasate’s Ziguenerweisen. Since then, I’ve had the pleasure of playing with the orchestra on multiple occasions, including performances of the Mendelssohn Violin Concerto and the Brahms Violin Concerto, just last season.
George is very talented at putting people at ease – a very important skill for a conductor! He doesn’t want a soloist to follow a strict set of rules or a particular interpretation of a piece. Before every first rehearsal, he has always told me to play the piece we are doing freely, and that he will follow whatever I do. This is such a gift! Of course, I have the responsibility to be clear and organized in my interpretation, but it is such a liberating and wonderful experience to have this freedom while playing, and to feel that the orchestra will be right there if I want to move forward, take time, bring out a particularly sensitive passage, or whatever the music needs.
It’s a remarkable thing to have such a long relationship with an orchestra. Certainly, there was not the same degree of artistic collaboration back when I was a young boy, playing Zigeunerweisen for the first time with an orchestra! I am so grateful to George and the Merrimack Valley Philharmonic for all these wonderful years. It will be a sincere joy to play the Beethoven Concerto together this season. Please stop by to hear the concert!
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