Classics Series


Friday, September 23, 2016 at 7:30 pm

Copeland Hall at The Grand Opera House

ANDRÉ PREVIN: Double Concerto
MAHLER: Symphony No. 5

David Amado, conducting
Jaime Laredo, violin
Sharon Robinson, cello

David Amado comments:
The season begins with violinist Jaime Laredo and cellist Sharon Robinson performing the Double Concerto written for them by André Previn, winner of the Delaware Symphony Orchestra’s 2016-2017 season A. I. du Pont Composer’s Award. This work, co-commissioned by eight world-class orchestras will receive its first performance following those of the co-commissioners in Wilmington. The concert will close with the monumental Symphony No. 5 by Gustav Mahler. Referring to the Mahler, Amado comments, “From its dark, funereal opening to its blazing, triumphant final movement—it gloriously fulfills Mahler’s own requirement that a ‘symphony must be like the world….and contain everything.’ From its darkest moments to its most brilliant climaxes, this is one of the glories of the symphonic literature.” About the Previn concerto, he adds that it is, “a work filled with charm, grace, good humor and beauty—it is a perfect partner for the universalist Mahler.”