March 25, 2023; 8:00pm
Presented by the Erie Philharmonic
Strauss Emperor Waltzes
Schumann Violin Concerto
Brahms Symphony No. 3
FEATURING A SPECIAL PERFORMANCE FROM THE ERIE JUNIOR PHILHARMONIC’S SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA!
In our March concert, we begin with the charm and opulence of old Vienna – the Vienna of lavish balls and the height of a dance craze that swept through Europe with a force that is still felt today. Strauss’s Emperor Waltzes teem with invention and melodies that linger in the ear long after the glow of the party has faded away. We then welcome the incomparable Midori to make her Erie Philharmonic debut performing Schumann’s Violin Concerto. A work composed for Joseph Joachim, the same violinist who premiered Brahms’ great Violin Concerto, Schumann’s concerto was written as the composer was suffering from delusions that Schubert and Mendelssohn were dictating the notes to him. Joachim unfortunately recommended that the work be kept hidden, but gratefully this poetic masterpiece has finally come to light and entered the repertoire as a work filled with invention, humanity, and creativity. We round out this concert with Brahms’ Third Symphony, a work that fully-realizes the composer’s command of classical style coupled with sumptuous Romantic harmony. An opus that elegantly straddles matters of the head and heart, Brahms’ Third realizes a symphonic vision that music can plumb the very depths of our human spirit.
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