Internationally celebrated violinist and recording artist, Vadim Gluzman, takes the stage with the Brevard Philharmonic at Brevard College’s Porter Center on Sunday afternoon, February 21st, at 3pm. The musician whom the Seattle Times calls, “An artist who plays with power and passion and great expressive range,” will be playing Beethoven’s Violin Concerto in D major, opus 61, possibly the most beloved violin concerto of all time.
Gluzman plays a Stradivarius originally built in 1690 which was once played by Leopold Auer, the teacher of Jascha Heifetz. He has recently been named one of the 30 top violinists in the world today in the book, Great Violinists of the Twentieth Century. Here he is in the company of such musicians as Joshua Bell, Pinchas Zukerman and Hilary Hahn.
The Concerto in D was not an instant hit when first performed in 1806. Beethoven was famous for pushing his composing deadlines to the last minute. He was still putting the finishing touches on this piece just before its premiere. With only time for a sketchy rehearsal, the debut performance was lackluster. The piece was pushed into obscurity until 38 years later when it was refined and revived. Today it is one of Beethoven’s best known and best loved concerti. Beethoven’s signature attitudes of passion, inner struggle and intensity are nowhere to be found in this concerto. They have been replaced by the sweetness, radiance, superior harmony and an equilibrium of scale that make it the masterpiece that it is.
The Philharmonic opens the concert with Overture to The Creatures of Prometheus, opus 43. This piece was written for a ballet, and was inspired by Beethoven’s struggle to overcome the physical suffering of his own increasing deafness.
Second on the bill is Beethoven’s celebrated and crowd pleasing Symphony No. 7 in A major, opus 92. The spirit of rhythmic joie de vivre that fills this piece makes it easy to understand why it has been choreographed often.
Vadim Gluzman was born in the former Soviet Union in 1973 to a conductor father and a musicologist mother. He began playing the violin at the age of seven. When he was sixteen the family fled to Israel where Vadim came to the attention of Isaac Stern. After hearing the young Gluzman play, Stern saw to it that he had a scholarship, a chance to work with Stern whenever he could and a new violin. His next step was the United States and the Juilliard School of Music, followed by his receiving the prestigious Henryk Szeryng Foundation Career Award in 1994.
Gluzman is in great demand all over the world as a soloist, playing regularly with such celebrated orchestras as the Chicago Symphony, Philadelphia Orchestra, London Philharmonic, Israel Philharmonic and the Cleveland Orchestra. He has played under the batons of the leading conductors of the world such as Andrew Litton, Michael Tilson-Thomas and Itzhak Perlman, to name just a few.
The Jerusalem Post calls him , “…a born performer. This soloist lives the music he performs.” Artsdesk.com says, “ Gluzman’s violinist tricks are equal to Heifetz.”
Vadim Gluzman is sponsored by the A.Stuart Fendler Family Trust. Beethoven’s Violin Concerto in D major, opus 61 is sponsored by Ronnie and Pete Peterman
The Brevard Philharmonic is a non profit organization comprised of local and regional musicians, presenting six concerts annually at Brevard College’s Porter Center for the Performing Arts under the distinguished baton of Donald Portnoy, its artistic director and conductor. Its mission is to foster in the community and in our schools an appreciation for classical music and the performing arts.
A Conversation with Maestro Portnoy, beginning at 2pm, will be held in Scott Commons at the Porter Center before the concert. All are welcome.
Individual tickets are $25 to $35 per concert. A three concert package is also available. Call or stop into the Philharmonic box office, located at 66 North Broad, inside Looking Glass Realty, 828-884-4221 for details. Or order with our new “pick your seat” option at brevardphilharmonic.org.