Venue: Overture Hall
Friday, October 20, 2023
Saturday, October 21, 2023
Sunday, October 22, 2023
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We begin with Leonard Bernstein, who was a major influence on Music Director John DeMain’s early life and career. Bernstein had a knack for bringing lighthearted populism into the concert hall. Though written in the late 1940s, Shostakovich’s first concerto makes use of traditional musical forms, including a famous Passacaglia, favored by composers like Bach 200 years earlier. Feared by violinists and loved by audiences, it was a hit from the day it was written and is one of the true masterpieces of the solo violin repertoire. The final work is Brahms’ G minor Piano Quartet, orchestrated by Schoenberg. These will be the MSO’s first ever performances of this remarkable work. Schoenberg took Brahms’ chamber work and transformed it into a kaleidoscope of 20th-century orchestral color, giving virtually every instrument the spotlight. – Kyle Knox, Associate Conductor
Leonard Bernstein, Three Dance Variations from “Fancy Free”
Dmitri Shostakovich, Concerto No. 1 in A minor for Violin and Orchestra, Op. 77(99)
Johannes Brahms (orchestrated by Arnold Schoenberg), Piano Quartet in G minor, Op. 25
Program Notes will be available in August 2023.
Kyle Knox, Associate Conductor
Naha Greenholtz, Violin
Enjoy a 30-minute talk starting one hour before each concert in Overture Hall. Free to ticketholders.
Robert Benjamin and John Fields
Ann Lindsey, in memory of Chuck Snowdon
Naha also maintains an active career as an orchestra musician. In addition to her duties as Concertmaster of both the Madison and Quad City Symphony Orchestras, past performance highlights include guest concertmaster appearances with the Oregon, Omaha, and Memphis Symphonies, the San Francisco Ballet, as well as the Calgary and Louisiana Philharmonics, among many others.
In 2019, she appeared as guest concertmaster with the Chicago Philharmonic (in collaboration with the English National Ballet) and will make her Australian debut in a concertmaster residency with the Australian Ballet in Melbourne. From 2011-2014, she maintained a partnership with the National Ballet of Canada in Toronto, performing and touring frequently with the company as guest concertmaster and soloist. Additionally, she has performed often with the Cleveland Orchestra both domestically and abroad. She began her career in 2007-2008 with the Louisiana Philharmonic and later with the Milwaukee Symphony.
Naha has participated in music festivals throughout the US and Europe including Kneisel Hall (Maine), Taos (New Mexico), Spoleto (Italy), Lucerne (Switzerland), Bach Dancing and Dynamite Society (Wisconsin), and the New York String Orchestra Seminar at Carnegie Hall. She was on artist faculty at Renova Music Festival (Newcastle, Pennsylvania) and since 2012 she has been Artistic Director of Davenport, Iowa’s Signature Series.
Naha studied with Donald Weilerstein and Joel Smirnoff at Juilliard and with William Preucil at CIM. Other teachers have included Andy Dawes, Akira Nagai, and Judith Ingolfsson. She performs on a 1778 Antonio Gragnani violin.