I invite you to join us for our week of festivities from August 17-25, 2013!
Throughout the week we will explore the concept of Virtuosity in music. We will look at how the limitless imaginations of great instrumental virtuosos such as Paganini and Liszt stretched the technical and expressive possibilities of our instruments; and learn how composers such as Haydn, Mozart, Mendelssohn, and Bartok demonstrated virtuosic mastery of the subtle elements of their craft. Through our performances, Listening Clubs, and discussions, we will explore the creative spark, ingenuity, and invention that made these composers virtuosos of their art.
The opening Festival concert features a major new work by the Festival’s composer-in-residence, David Ludwig. Virtuosity: Five MicroConcertos for Chamber Orchestra is being written for the East Coast Chamber Orchestra who will give its world premiere performance on August 18. And I will kick off the Festival with a performance of all 24 Paganini Caprices for solo violin as part of the first Festival Saturday.
I look forward to sharing the week of music with you.