Alexander Mickelthwate, conductor
Gregory Lee, violin
Vivaldi The Four Seasons
Brahms Symphony No. 1 in C minor
Music can come to life not only when played as a standalone piece, but also different shadings are revealed when played opposite another work.
Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons, features the baroque tone poem, a renowned masterpiece featuring concertmaster Gregory Lee. It gives musical life to the changing sounds of the seasons, from twittering birds, to dogs barking, from twirling snowflakes to the oppression of the heat of summer.
Next to Vivaldi, Brahms Symphony No. 1, one of the most beloved works in the 19th Century, features the musical impression of enormous architectural breath. The combination of Vivaldi’s Italian, light hearted vision, beside Brahms’ passionate, deeply rooted Germanic score, give the program a unique and fresh way to experience these contrasting works.