Classics in the Cohan 4

Classic Series
Saturday, March 11, 2017
Wagner: Overture Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg
Mendelssohn: Concerto for Violin with Timothy Chooi
Brahms: Symphony No. 4 in E minor, Op. 98

Classics Concert 4 - 8:00 p.m.
Performing Arts Center, San Luis Obispo
David Handel, Conductor
Timothy Chooi, Violin Virtuoso

Generously sponsored by: Francie Levy & Larry Akey

Working on a theme of great German master composers, the Symphony welcomes Maestro David Handel. The evening begins with Wagner’s overture Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg, written as part of the musical opera that told the story of the Master Singers (i.e. musical craftsman) of the era. Performing Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto is Canadian virtuoso Timothy Chooi. One of Mendelssohn’s last, large orchestral works, the piece is one of the most popular and frequently performed violin concertos of all time. To cap the evening, the Symphony will perform Brahms’s Symphony No. 4 in E minor, Op. 98. Considered one of the greatest composers in history and grouped as one of the “Three B’s” (Bach and Beethoven the others), Braham’s Symphony No. 4 is one of his last that never repeats and is continuously unfolding.  

A disciple of Kurt Masur and Gustav Meier, David Handel was named Music Director of the National Symphony Orchestra of Bolivia at an early age. Building that organization into a model of artistic and organizational growth, Handel was led to further appointments in Argentina, Chile and, now, as Principal Guest Conductor of the Moscow City Symphony - Russian Philharmonic, one of the Russian Federation’s preeminent orchestral ensembles.

Timothy Chooi has been described as “the miracle (Montreal Lapresse).” Recently winning the Bronze Medal Winner of the 2015 Michael Hill International Violin Competition, Timothy also recently completed an extensive recital tour with Jeunesses Musicales Canada, performed with Pinchas Zukerman and the National Arts Centre Orchestra, recorded his debut album, and was featured at Ravinia Festival in Chicago. He is also a winner of the 2013 Vadim Repin International Scholarship, a recipient of the 2015 Sylva Gelber Award and Grand Prize Winner of the 2010 Montreal Symphony Manulife Competition.