World-renowned Israeli violinist Vadim Gluzman joins the Santa Rosa Symphony for Prokofiev’s Violin Concerto No. 2, May 6, 7 & 8
Santa Rosa Symphony, March 22, 2017
Santa Rosa Symphony presents “Vadim Returns,” May 6, 7 and 8 at Weill Hall, Green Music Center, the last concert in Bruno Ferrandis’ final full season. Vadim Gluzman, winner of the prestigious Henryk Szeryng Foundation Career Award, returns to the Santa Rosa Symphony to play Prokofiev’s soaring and energetic Violin Concerto No. 2, less than a fortnight beyond the 125th anniversary of the great composer’s birth, on the legendary 1690 ‘ex-Leopold Auer’ Stradivarius on extended loan to him from the Stradivari Society of Chicago.
“Gluzman stood out for his big, room-filling tone and his probing emotionality.” – TIMES-PICAYUNE (New Orleans)
Gluzman is acclaimed for his old-world lyricism, passion and virtuosity and is considered a torchbearer to the Golden Age of violin playing heard during Prokofiev’s lifetime. His extraordinary artistry brings to life the glorious violinistic tradition of the 19th and 20th centuries, making him the closest thing being able to hear Heifetz play once more in a concert hall.
Born in the former Soviet Union in 1973, Gluzman began violin his studies at seven, studied with Roman Sne in Latvia, Zakhar Bron in Russia,Yair Kless in Israel, Arkady Fomin in Dallas and with Dorothy DeLay and Masao Kawasaki at Juilliard School. He was also encouraged and mentored by Isaac Stern until Stern’s passing.
Included in Jean-Michel Molkhou's Great Violinists of the Twentieth Century, Volume 2 (Buchet-Chastel, 2014), Gluzman’s chapter is entitled “In the footsteps of the great old masters”. The book highlights the careers and artistry of the top 30 contemporary violinists.
Prokofiev’s Concerto No. 2, which premiered with the Madrid Symphony Orchestra with Robert Soëtens on violin in 1935, begins with the solo violin’s plaintiff siren call, drawing in the other instruments and building in vibrancy and mood into an easy conversation with moments of sorrow and joy. The last movement hints at flamenco with castanets sounding each time the Spanish theme appears.
“Prokofiev: Violin Concertos Nos. 1 & 2 and Sonata for Solo Violin” CDs, featuring Gluzman with the Estonian National Symphony Orchestra conducted by Neeme Jarvi, will be available for sale in the lobby for all Vadim Returns performances.
This final set in the Symphony’s 2016-2017 Classical Concert Season begins with Khachaturian’s Suite from Masquerade and concludes with Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 11, The Year 1905.
Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 11, The Year 1905, though written in the aftermath of the Hungarian Uprising, depicts, in four movements, the events around the massacre outside the palace of Tsar Nicholas II. Workers marching toward the palace carrying religious icons and a petition to the Tsar, who happened not to even be in residence at the time, were gunned down by the soldiers of the Imperial Guard. The symphony moves from the bleak The Palace Square, to the violence of The Ninth of January, followed by the reaction to the slaughter in Eternal Memory (also the name of the Russian Orthodox prayer for the departed) and ending with Alarm, a finale filled with revolutionary sentiment.
The concert experience is further enhanced with a pre-concert talk with Bruno Ferrandis, which begins one hour prior to each concert with the exception of the Discovery Open Rehearsal. The 30-minute pre-concert talks are free to ticket holders and are general seating. Program notes for the concert are also available on the SRS website.
Single tickets are $25-$85 and can be purchased by calling SRS Patrons Services at (707) 546-8742, or online at www.srsymphony.org, or in person at the Symphony Patron Services Office at 50 Santa Rosa Avenue from 9 am to 5:00 pm. Monday-Friday, except Wednesdays 10:30 am to 5:00 pm, and on Saturdays of performance weekends from 10 am to 1 pm. Tickets may also be purchased at the door 1 1/2 hours before each performance.
Student Rush tickets (student I.D. required) can be purchased for $10 30 minutes before performance. Discovery Open Rehearsal tickets are $17 for adults and $10 for youth (under 18).
Free tickets for youth, ages 7-17. Patrons may request ONE FREE ticket for a youth 7-17 with each paid adult ticket to a Classical Series concert. This offer is not available online; please contact Patron Services by phone or in person.
Concerts sponsored by Viking Cruises
Khachaturian Suite sponsored by Ann and Gordon Blumenfeld
Conductor Bruno Ferrandis is underwritten by Norma Person
Guest artist Vadim Gluzman underwritten by David and Corinne Byrd
The Discovery Open Rehearsal Series is sponsored by The Stare Foundation and
David Stare of Dry Creek Vineyard
Pre-concert talks are sponsored by Jamei Haswell and Richard Grundy, Ellen and Chuck Wear
Special thanks to Doubletree by Hilton Sonoma Wine Country for guest artist lodging and
The Press Democrat for media sponsorship
-Photos of Bruno Ferrandis and Vadim Gluzman provided upon request-
Vadim Gluzman, violin
Vadim Gluzman’s extraordinary artistry brings to life the glorious violinistic tradition of the 19th and 20th centuries. Gluzman’s wide repertoire embraces new music and his performances are heard around the world through live broadcasts and a striking catalogue of award-winning recordings exclusively for the BIS label.
The Israeli violinist appears regularly with major orchestras such as the Berlin Philharmonic, Boston Symphony, Cleveland Orchestra, Chicago Symphony, Philadelphia Orchestra, San Francisco Symphony, Israel Philharmonic, London Philharmonic, London Symphony, and Leipzig Gewandhaus. Gluzman has enjoyed collaborations with many of today’s leading conductors, including Christoph von Dohnányi, Tugan Sokhiev, Sir Andrew Davis, Neeme Järvi, Michael Tilson Thomas, Semyon Bychkov, Jukka-Pekka Saraste, Paavo Järvi, Hannu Lintu and Peter Oundjian. His festival appearances include performances at Verbier, Tanglewood, Ravinia, and Lockenhaus, as well as the North Shore Chamber Music Festival in Chicago, Illinois, which was founded by Gluzman and pianist Angela Yoffe, his wife and recital partner.
Highlights of his 2016-17 season include appearances in London at The Proms with the BBC Symphony and Edward Gardner, with the Chicago Symphony under Neeme Järvi, the NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchestra Hamburg under Christoph von Dohnányi, the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin under Tugan Sokhiev, and with the Orchestre de Paris under Juraj Valčuha. He will tour the United States with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, including an engagement in New York at Carnegie Hall, and perform with Baltimore Symphony, NHK Orchestra in Tokyo, and the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France in Paris, among other engagements. Gluzman will lead performances with the Franz Liszt Chamber Orchestra and the ProMusica Chamber Orchestra in Columbus, Ohio, where he continues in his third year as Creative Partner and Principal Guest Artist.
This season Mr. Gluzman will give the world premiere performances of new concertos written for him by two of today’s most important composers: Sofia Gubaidulina’s Triple Concerto for Violin, Cello and Bayan with Elsbeth Moser, Nicolas Altstaedt and the NDR Radio Philhamonic in Hannover under Andrew Manze; and Elena Firsova’s Concerto for Violin and Cello with Johannes Moser and the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin under Tugan Sokhiev. Gluzman has given live and recorded premieres of other works by Gubaidulina, as well as Giya Kancheli, Peteris Vasks, Michael Daugherty, and most recently, Lera Auerbach.
Vadim Gluzman’s latest CD for the BIS label features Sergey Prokofiev’s Violin Concertos No. 1 and 2, as well as the composer’s Sonata for Violin Solo, with Estonian National Orchestra conducted by Neeme Järvi. Accolades for his extensive discography on BIS include the Diapason d’Or of the Year, Gramophone’s Editor’s Choice, Classica Magazine’s esteemed Choc de Classica award, and Disc of the Month by The Strad, BBC Music Magazine, ClassicFM, and others.
Born in the former Soviet Union in 1973, Gluzman began violin studies at age seven. He studied with Roman Sne in Latvia and Zakhar Bron in Russia before moving to Israel in 1990, where he became a student of Yair Kless. In the United States, he studied with Arkady Fomin in Dallas and at the Juilliard School with Dorothy DeLay and Masao Kawasaki. Early in his career, Gluzman enjoyed the encouragement and mentorship of Isaac Stern which continued until the Stern’s passing in 2001. In 1994 he received the prestigious Henryk Szeryng Foundation Career Award.
Vadim Gluzman plays the legendary 1690 ‘ex-Leopold Auer’ Stradivari on extended loan to him through the generosity of the Stradivari Society of Chicago.
What: Symphony Concert “Vadim Returns”
Who: Santa Rosa Symphony
Bruno Ferrandis, conductor
Vadim Gluzman, violin
KHACHATURIAN: Suite from Masquerade
PROKOFIEV: Violin Concerto No. 2
SHOSTAKOVICH: Symphony No. 11, The Year 1905
Saturday, May 6, 2017 at 8 pm
(Discovery Open Rehearsal, Sat., May 6 at 2 pm)
Sunday, May 7, 2017 at 3 pm
Monday, May 8, 2017 at 8 pm
Pre-concert talks with Bruno Ferrandis start one hour before each performance
(except Discovery Rehearsal).
Where: Weill Hall, Green Music Center at Sonoma State University
Cost: Single tickets $25-$85
Phone: 54-MUSIC (707-546-8742)
In person: SRS Patron Services Office, 50 Santa Rosa Avenue, Santa Rosa, First Floor
Monday-Friday , 9 am - 5 pm, (Wednesdays 10:30 am - 5 pm)
Saturdays of performance weekends 10 am - 1 pm
At the door: beginning 1½ hours before each performance
About the Santa Rosa Symphony
Santa Rosa Symphony, the Resident Orchestra of the Green Music Center, is the third-oldest professional orchestra in California, and the largest regional symphony north of Los Angeles. Bruno Ferrandis, who began his tenure in 2006, is the fourth Music Director in the organization’s history. The Santa Rosa Symphony (SRS) is committed to core values of artistic excellence, innovative programming and community service. This year the SRS contributed over $4 million into the local economy.
Currently in its 89th season, the Symphony’s performance schedule includes 21 Classical Series concerts (7 sets), 7 Discovery Dress Rehearsal concerts, a 3-concert Family Series and a 4-concert Pops Series, as well as special concerts. The Symphony is also recognized for having one of the most comprehensive music education programs in California, serving nearly 23,000 youth annually.
Collaborations with schools and organizations across Sonoma County have gained SRS national attention and support. Awards include an American Symphony Orchestra League MetLife Award for Community Engagement and a first place award for adventurous programming in the 2012-2013 season from the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP).
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