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Austin Symphony Orchestra Opens 102nd Season with Renowned Violinist Midori

Updated: Tuesday, August 21 2012, 08:20 AM CDT
By Rob Faubion, AustinOnStage.com

The performance will be September 7th and 8th at The Long Center for the Performing Arts, the concert will feature the world-renowned violinist and works by Dvořák, Brahms and Shostakovich.

Under the season theme of “Get Closer to the Music,” Maestro Peter Bay and the Austin Symphony Orchestra will open the 102nd season of classical concerts with performances of works by Dvořák, Brahms and Shostakovich.  World-renowned violinist Midori returns on Friday and Saturday, September 7th and 8th, to kick off another full year of classical and pops concerts in Dell Hall at the Long Center for the Performing Arts.
 
 Following the playing of the "National Anthem," conductor Bay begins the evening with Antonín Dvořák’s concert overture, "My Homeland."  Originally one of nine compositions about the composer’s native soil, the overture on national Czech themes continues as a mainstay in Dvořák’s repertoire. 
 
Violinist Midori will celebrate the 30th anniversary of her performing career by joining the Austin Symphony for a performance of Johannes Brahms' "Violin Concerto in D Major, Op. 77."  Midori made her debut at age 11 as a surprise guest soloist with the New York Philharmonic under Zubin Mehta in 1982.  In 2012, she was given the prestigious Crystal Award by the World Economic Forum in Davos, was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and was awarded an honorary doctorate in music by Yale University.
 
The evening closes with the "Ninth Symphony" by Dmitri Shostakovich, one of the most celebrated composers of the 20th century.  Early in 1945, word spread that Shostakovich was working on a grand symphony modeled on Beethoven’s “Choral,” and the Soviet regime at the time was expecting a work on par with the monumental "Ninth" works of the previous major composers.  Shostakovich's "Soviet Ninth" turned out to be a bombshell of a completely unexpected kind - surprisingly short and scored for a modest orchestra.  The authorities despised the symphony for its sparse, conservative orchestration and lighthearted, satiric tone, but the work came as close to the Soviet ideal of "music as music and nothing but" as anything Shostakovich wrote.
 
Tickets for Midori with the Austin Symphony range from $23 to $54.  Student rush tickets will also be available 20 minutes prior to performance for $5 cash and current student ID. 

The Long Center is located at 701 West Riverside Drive, at the corner of Riverside and South First Street.  Tickets available at the Austin Symphony Box Office, 11th and Red River, by phone at (512) 476-6064 or 1-888-4-MAESTRO (toll-free) and online at www.AustinSymphony.org.
 
(Midori photo by Timothy Greenfield-Sanders)
Austin Symphony Orchestra Opens 102nd Season with Renowned Violinist Midori


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