ABOUT THIS CONCERT
Lively peasant festivals, knights on horseback, merry hunting scenes and mist-shrouded forests—all are evoked in the sweeping sonorities of Bruckner’s Fourth, which draws as its inspiration the imagery of medieval romance. The Symphony gave its composer one of the greatest triumphs of his career when first premiered and was proclaimed an “extraordinary musical creation.” Former Houston Symphony Music Director Christoph Eschenbach—an acclaimed Bruckner interpreter—returns to Jones Hall to conduct the Houston Symphony.
Due to illness, violinist Leila Josefowicz has regretfully canceled her engagement to perform Esa-Pekka Salonen’s Violin Concerto with the Houston Symphony this weekend. Violinist Jennifer Koh has graciously agreed to replace Ms. Josefowicz for these performances and will perform the Salonen Violin Concerto as scheduled. Ms. Koh is a champion of contemporary works and one of the few world-class artists capable of stepping in to perform Salonen’s technically challenging violin concerto.
Pre-Concert Activities: Attend the Prelude pre-concert discussion, held 45 minutes prior to each Classical concert. Prelude is led by our Musical Ambassador Carlos Andrés Botero, and sometimes features guest artists or orchestra members.
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