November 16, 2017 7:30 PM
Paganini Violin Concerto
Berlioz: Roman Carnival Overture
Paganini: Violin Concerto No. 1
Dvorák: Symphony No. 7
20-year-old Seattle-born rising star violinist Simone Porter performs Paganini’s Violin Concerto No. 1, a work so virtuosic and stunning that your jaw may actually drop. We also perform Dvořák’s Seventh Symphony, one of his most popular, and Berlioz’ Roman Carnival Overture, a sparkling orchestral work.
Read more about this concert in our program notes.
Music Director & Conductor Francesco Lecce-Chong's spotlight:
"I have no doubt you are in for a treat with Simone Porter's performance of Paganini’s Violin Concerto No. 1. It’s a concerto that takes the idea of 'virtuosity' to the level of absurd and where the dazzling technical heroics make you hold your breath at moments. The work was a guilty pleasure of mine back when I was a young aspiring violinist and I still find its showboating and bombastic fanfares completely charming!
It is also a pleasure to welcome back guest conductor Laura Jackson who led the Eugene Symphony in its SymFest II concert last June. As Music Director of the Reno Philharmonic, she brings a wealth of experience and creative ideas to our orchestra, which you will witness during Dvořák’s Seventh Symphony –– a staple in the orchestral repertoire and one of the composer’s most performed works, alongside his New World Symphony."
LOCATION: Hult Center for the Performing Arts
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