Alexander Barantschik Plays Mendelssohn's Violin Concerto with the San Francisco Symphony
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The last date listed for Alexander Barantschik Plays Mendelssohn's Violin Concerto with the San Francisco Symphony was Saturday April 9, 2011 / 8:00pm (Pre-Concert Talk Begins at 7:00pm).
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My parents didn't like the opening work, commissioned by the symphony and premiered the week of this concert, but otherwise it was a lovely program, pairing the Mendelssohn concerto (one of my long-time favorites) with Ralph Vaughan Williams' "London Symphony." I especially enjoyed the program notes' explanation of certain sounds of the city (e.g., lavender-seller's bell, hansom cab) evoked in the work, which I would not have picked out otherwise.
Quotes & Highlights
Inside Music, an informative talk with Susan Key, begins one hour prior to concerts.
Osmo Vänskä conductor
Alexander Barantschik violin
San Francisco Symphony
Thomas Larcher: Red and Green (San Francisco Symphony Commission-World Premiere)
Mendelssohn: Violin Concerto
Vaughan Williams: Symphony No. 2,_ A London Symphony _
The celebrated 1742 Guarnerius del Gesu violin played by San Francisco Symphony concertmaster Alexander Barantschik is presumed to be the very instrument on which the Mendelssohn Violin Concerto was premiered in 1845. Don’t miss a genuinely unique opportunity to hear this most beloved of concertos performed on the instrument which likely introduced it to the world! The violin is generously on loan to the SFS from the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco.