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Experience the Power of Nielsen’s Fourth Symphony with the Richmond Symphony
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Experience the Power of Nielsen’s Fourth Symphony “The Inextinguishable”
featuring Award-winning American violinist Philippe Quint
September 22, 2015 – Richmond, Virginia The Richmond Symphony recreates the power and electrifying energy of Nielsen’s Fourth Symphony for the first time in more than 20 years on Saturday, October 17 at 8pm at Richmond CenterStage’s Carpenter Theatre. This is the second Altria Masterworks concert of the 2015-16 Season and will be led by Music Director, Steven Smith.
The concert features Award-winning American violinist Philippe Quint, who will perform Korngold’s Violin Concerto in D Major. Korngold is recognized today for his Oscar-winning Hollywood movie scores The Adventures of Robin Hood and Anthony Adverse. Quint is a multifaceted artist whose range of interests has led to several Grammy nominations, performances with major orchestras throughout the world, and a leading role in the independent film Downtown Express.
Nielsen’s heated Fourth Symphony, “The Inextinguishable,” was composed in the midst of World War I and is centered on Nielsen’s idea that “Music is life, and like life, is inextinguishable.” The piece is unique in that it features a raging musical battle between two timpanists, and is one of only a few classical works with more than one set of timpani. The Richmond Symphony principal timpanist Jim Jacobson will be featured, along with percussionist Robert Jenkins on the second set of timpani, facing off across the stage from his long-time friend and former grad school roommate. Jacobson considers this the most challenging part for him this season, and although this is the first time he will have performed it, he has studied the symphony for years and looks forward to getting to perform it with Jenkins and the Richmond Symphony.
The evening begins with Zachary Wadsworth’s Point-Line-Plane. A Richmond native, Wadsworth was inspired to become a composer after hearing the Richmond Symphony perform Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony at a young age. Point-Line-Plane premiered on April 5, 2007 at Yale University.
Tickets start at $10 online at richmondsymphony.com or by calling 1.800.514 ETIX. Altria Masterworks are free for children 18 and under with a paid adult ticket. College student single tickets are $7 and Soundwave college student subscriptions are available for $25.
The Masterworks Series is sponsored by Altria. The guest artist sponsor is BrickStreet Insurance.
About the Richmond Symphony
Founded in 1957, the Richmond Symphony is the largest performing arts organization in Central Virginia. The organization includes an orchestra of more than 70 professional musicians, the 150-voice Richmond Symphony Chorus and more than 260 students in the Richmond Symphony Youth Orchestra programs. Each season, more than 200,000 members of the community enjoy concerts, radio broadcasts, and educational outreach programs. The Richmond Symphony is partially funded by the Virginia Commission for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts. www.richmondsymphony.com