Friday, November 18, 2016 at 7:30 pm
WAGNER: Prelude and Liebestod from Tristan und Isolde
KORNGOLD: Violin Concerto
BERNSTEIN: West Side Story: Symphonic Dances
David Amado, conducting
Jinjoo Cho, violin
David Amado comments:
The 2014 winner of the quadrennial International Violin Competition of Indianapolis, Jinjoo Cho, will perform the Violin Concerto by Erich Korngold, who is equally known for his film scores, including the classic “Robin Hood” with Errol Flynn. “Korngold shows us just why his music was such a hit with studio big shots of the Golden Age of Hollywood, notes Amado. “Technicolor orchestration and larger-than-life dramatic flair brought home by the brilliant violinist, Jinjoo Cho.” The concert opens with Wagner’s Prelude and Liebestod from Tristan und Isolde, a work described by Amado as, “the literal alpha and omega of this opera. From the opening music, with its famously unresolved ‘Tristan chord’, the piece fast-forwards to the end of the mammoth opera to the glorious conclusion where love is finally achieved—but only in death.” Carrying forward the dual themes of love and cinema, the second half includes the equally riotous and moving Symphonic Dances from West Side Story by Bernstein, and Ravel’s Bolero.