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Violinist Augustin Hadelich Performs with Milwaukee Symphony

The Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra and Music Director Edo de Waart present Hadelich Plays Beethoven on October 30 & 31, 2015 at 8:00 p.m. at the Marcus Center for the Performing Arts.

By - Oct 6th, 2015 04:13 pm

MILWAUKEE, WIS. 10/05/2015– The Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra and Music Director Edo de Waart present Hadelich Plays Beethoven on October 30 & 31, 2015 at 8:00 p.m. at the Marcus Center for the Performing Arts. The concerts feature Carl Nielsen’s Symphony No. 5 and Augustin Hadelich performing Beethoven’s Concerto in D major.

Both concerts include Meet the Music, a free, interactive pre-concert discussion held one hour prior to concert start time, in the Anello Atrium. Following Friday evening’s performance there will also be a Talkback Q&A held in the Anello Atrium.

Beethoven’s Concerto in D major was composed in the later part of 1806 and premiered in Vienna on December 23 of the same year. The work was written rather hastily for Franz Clement, the artistic director of the Theater an der Wien who was also one of Europe’s most outstanding violinists. Despite the commission being accepted far in advance, the last minute composition made its debut with virtually no rehearsal. Clement drew rave reviews, but the concerto was considered mediocre and was only performed occasionally until 1844 when Joseph Joachim was featured in London under the direction of Feliz Mendelssohn. Now the work is one of the most commonly performed and recorded violin concertos. The MSO last performed this piece in March 2010.

Nielsen’s Symphony No. 5 was primarily composed in 1921 and received its premiere on January 24, 1922 in Copenhagen under the direction of Nielsen himself. The symphony is unusual in that it has two movements rather than the more traditional three or four. Nielsen wrote that the first movement has a presence “evil” in its primary motif. The second movement, which consists of four sections, ends with an uplifting motif in the key of E-flat major. It wasn’t until 1962 when Leonard Bernstein recorded the work with the New York Philharmonic that it became internationally known. These performances mark the first time the Milwaukee Symphony has performed Nielsen’s Symphony No. 5 on its subscription series.

About the Artists

Edo de Waart enters his seventh season as the sixth music director of the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra in 2015.16. He also serves as chief conductor of the Royal Flemish Philharmonic and conductor laureate of the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra.

He is also much in demand as a guest conductor with the world’s leading orchestras, including the Los Angeles Philharmonic, NHK Symphony Orchestra and Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra. Following his recent appearance with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Chicago Tribune noted that de Waart: “paid the score, and the orchestra’s venerable Brahms tradition, the compliment of letting the music speak for itself.”

Internationally, de Waart has previously held posts with the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, San Francisco Symphony, Minnesota Orchestra, Sydney Symphony and Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra. He was also Chief Conductor of De Nederlandse Opera.

Edo de Waart’s extensive recording catalogue encompasses releases for Philips, Virgin, EMI, Telarc and RCA. His most recent recordings are Mahler’s Symphony No.1 and Elgar’s The Dream of Gerontius, both with the Royal Flemish Philharmonic. He has also long been an exponent of the music of John Adams, having conducted the first recording of Nixon in China in 1987 with the original cast from the world premiere.

Edo de Waart has received a number of awards for his musical achievements, including Knight in the Order of the Dutch Lion and Honorary Officer in the General Division of the Order of Australia. He was also appointed Honorary Fellow of the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts in recognition of his commitment to developing future generations of musicians in Hong Kong.

Augustin Haelich, who last performed with the MSO on May 3 & 4, 2014, continues to astonish audiences with his phenomenal technique, poetic sensitivity, and gorgeous tone and has established himself as one of the most sought-after violinists of his generation. His remarkable consistency throughout the repertoire, from Paganini to Adès, is seldom encountered in a single artist. Worldwide appearances include multiple engagements with the Boston Symphony, Cleveland Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, New York Philharmonic, Philadelphia Orchestra, San Francisco Symphony, and internationally, with the BBC Philharmonic /Manchester, BBC mphony/London, NHK Symphony/Tokyo, Royal Scottish National Orchestra, and the Stuttgart Radio Orchestra, to name a few. Highlights of Mr. Hadelich’s 2014/2015 season include debuts with the Minnesota Orchestra,  Danish National Symphony, and the London Philharmonic, as well as return engagements with the New York Philharmonic and the symphonies of Baltimore, Houston, Indianapolis, Liverpool, Saint Louis, and Seattle. Other recent and upcoming projects include debuts with the Chicago Symphony, Pittsburgh Symphony, and the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra in Carnegie Hall, as well as his recital debut at the Wigmore Hall in London, an Artist-in- Residency with the Netherlands Philharmonic, and tours with both the Toronto and San Diego symphonies. In addition to several recital CDs, Mr. Hadelich’s first major orchestral recording, featuring the violin concertos of Jean Sibelius and Thomas Adès (Concentric Paths) with Hannu Lintu conducting the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, was released to great acclaim in March 2014 on the AVIE label. The 2006 Gold Medalist of the International Violin Competition of Indianapolis, Mr. Hadelich is the recipient of an Avery Fisher Career Grant (2009), a Borletti-Buitoni Trust Fellowship in the UK (2001), and Lincoln Center’s Martin E. Segal Award (2012). He received an Artist Diploma from The Juilliard School, where he was a student of Joel Smirnoff.

ABOUT THE PERFORMANCE

Hadelich Plays Beethoven

Edo de Waart, conductor

Augustin Hadelich, violin

Uihlein Hall, Marcus Center for the Performing Arts

Friday, October 30 | 8:00 p.m.

Meet the Music, Anello Atrium | 7:00 p.m.

Talkback Q&A, Anello Atrium | following the performance

Saturday, October 31 | 8:00 p.m.

Meet the Music, Anello Atrium | 7:00 p.m.

Tickets range from $20-$110. For more information, please call 414.291.7605 or visit mso.org. Tickets may also be purchased through the Marcus Center Box Office at 414.273.7206.

ABOUT THE MSO
The Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, under the dynamic leadership of Music Director Edo de Waart, is among the finest orchestras in the nation and the largest cultural institution in Wisconsin. Now in his seventh season with the MSO, Maestro de Waart has led sold-out concerts, elicited critical acclaim, and conducted a celebrated performance at Carnegie Hall on May 11, 2012. The MSO’s full-time professional musicians perform over 135 classics, pops, family, education, and community concerts each season in venues throughout the state. Since its inception in 1959, the MSO has found innovative ways to give music a home in the region, develop music appreciation and talent among area youth, and raise the national reputation of Milwaukee.

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