Violinist Jennifer Koh Returns to PerformÂ Salonen’s Violin Concerto
Â The Nashville Symphonyâ€™s Aegis Sciences Classical Series resumes at Schermerhorn Symphony Center onÂ March 8-10Â with a showcase of Gustav Mahlerâ€™s epic Fifth Symphony. Violinist Jennifer Koh also makes her first Schermerhorn appearanceÂ in five years, opening the concerts as the featured soloist onÂ Esa-Pekka Salonenâ€™s Violin Concerto.
Mahler is one of music director Giancarlo Guerreroâ€™s personal favorites, and the Austrian composerâ€™s symphonies have been a regular inclusion in the Symphonyâ€™s classical programming over the past decade.
Great seats starting at $26 are still available, and the Symphonyâ€™sÂ SoundcheckÂ program offers $10 tickets to students in K-12, college, and grad school.Â Date night packagesÂ â€“ which include two tickets, two glasses of wine and Goo Goo chocolates â€“ are available starting at $68. AllÂ March 9Â ticket purchases include admittance to Happy Hour at the â€™Horn, a pre-concert event with live music, discounts on select wine and beers, and more.
About the Program
One of the foremost conductors of his generation, as well as a highly productive composer, Mahler penned nine complete symphonies, but his Fifth represents a major turning point in both his career and personal life. It was directly influenced by two significant events â€“ a near-fatal hemorrhage that Mahler experienced just months before he began work on the piece, and his courtship with Alma Schindler, a young Viennese beauty from a prominent artistic family, whom Mahler would marry just months before completing the Fifth in the summer of 1902.
Like most of Mahlerâ€™s symphonies, the Fifth is an expansive piece with large orchestration. But unlike his previous contributions to the genre, which incorporate voices or text to address programmatic elements, the Fifth is a purely instrumental work that exhibits Mahlerâ€™s development in writing for an orchestra. By choosing to start the Fifth in C-sharp minor and to conclude it in D major, Mahler gave the piece an even more defined thematic progression of darkness-to-light, and his innovations throughout further solidified his stature as a bridge between the 19thcentury Austro-German Romantic tradition and the Modernist movement of the 20thÂ century.
Esa-Pekka SalonenÂ is part of the pioneering generation of contemporary composers in his native Finland, where he studied at the prestigious Sibelius Academy. Like Mahler, he has also enjoyed a high-profile career asÂ a conductor, including a 17-year run as music director of the LosÂ Angeles Philharmonic. Though his Violin Concerto ranks as one of his most frequently performed works, these concerts mark the first time the piece has ever been performed by the Nashville Symphony.
Named the 2016 Instrumentalist of the Year byÂ Musical AmericaÂ and a recipient of an Avery Fisher Career Grant, soloist Jennifer Koh made her debut with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra at age 11 and has since performed with leading orchestras around the globe. Hailed byÂ The New York TimesÂ as â€œone of our most thoughtful and intense musicians,â€ Koh is renowned for her collaborations with artists of multiple disciplines and her curation of projects that connect music of all eras, from traditional to contemporary.
Koh is also a committed educator. She serves as artistic director ofÂ arco collaborativeÂ â€“ an artist-driven nonprofit that cultivates artist-citizens in partnership with educational organizations â€“ and she has earned praise for her performances in classrooms around the country through her innovative â€œMusic Messengerâ€ outreach program.
Tickets forÂ Mahlerâ€™s FifthÂ may be purchased:
- Online atÂ NashvilleSymphony.org/Mahler5
- Via phone atÂ 615.687.6400
- At the Schermerhorn Symphony Center Box Office, One Symphony Place in downtown Nashville
Additional information including program notes, a Spotify playlist and Jennifer Kohâ€™s biography can be found at:Â https://www.nashvillesymphony.org/mahler5.
The GRAMMYÂ® Award-winning Nashville Symphony has earned an international reputation for its innovative programming and its commitment to performing, recording and commissioning works by Americaâ€™s leading composers. The Nashville Symphony has released 29 recordings on Naxos, which have received 24 GRAMMYÂ® nominations and 13 GRAMMYÂ® Awards, making it one of the most active recording orchestras in the country. The orchestra has also released recordings on Decca, Deutsche Grammophon and New West Records, among other labels. With more than 140 performances annually, the orchestra offers a broad range of classical, pops and jazz, and childrenâ€™s concerts, while its extensive education and community engagement programsÂ reach 60,000Â children and adults each year.