Signature Six Series

Tchaikovsky & Brahms

Saturday, April 4, 2020 at 7:30 pm
The King Center for the Performing Arts
Paul Huang, violin

Program:
JENNIFER HIGDON | blue cathedral
PYOTR ILYICH TCHAIKOVSKY | Violin Concerto in D Major
JOHANNES BRAHMS | Symphony No. 2 in D Major

Tchaikovsky and Brahms were born on the same day in 1840 and 1833 respectively. They met in person for the first time in 1887 and eventually became friends. Paul Huang returns to the BSO stage to perform Tchaikovsky’s spectacular Violin Concerto, once considered unplayable

Brahms’ 2nd symphony, written during a summer holiday on a lake in Austria, has often been compared to Beethoven’s Pastoral Symphony.

This concert opens with Pulitzer Prize-winner Jennifer Higdon’s blue cathedral. Higdon wrote this work in memory of her younger brother Andrew who died in 1998. The solo clarinet, her brother’s instrument, and the solo flute, hers, begin and end the work as a representation of their relationship.

L-R: Jennifer Higdon, Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Johannes Brahms