March 17, 2018  •  8:00 pm

@ Thomas Wolfe Auditorium

Nicholas Hersh, conductor Itamar Zorman, violin

  Beethoven Leonore Overture No. 3 Leshnoff Chamber Concerto for Violin & Orchestra Queen/Hersh “Bohemian Rhapsody” for Violin & Orchestra Rachmaninoff Symphony No. 2

I like to call this program “Romanticism: Redux,” as we explore how the Romantic voice resonates in the 21st century. We begin with Beethoven—who catapults us out of the 18th century and into the modern age with his fiery Leonore Overture. Serge Rachmaninoff calls both upon his 19th century Russian roots and a lush, 20th century orchestral sound to create a sweeping, semi-autobiographical epic in his Second Symphony. And between these Romantic monoliths, a living voice of Romanticism: Jonathan Leshnoff, whose soulful Chamber Concerto is played by the inimitable Itamar Zorman. Itamar lends his talents once again in my arrangement of Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody,” which we will seek to prove is not only a rock classic but a postmodern Romantic masterpiece.

Nicholas Hersh is associate conductor of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. As guest conductor, Hersh made his debut with the North Carolina Symphony in 2017, and has appeared with the New World Symphony, New Jersey Symphony, Auburn Symphony, and others. He is a frequent collaborator at the Peabody Conservatory as well as the BSO’s OrchKids program for Baltimore City schoolchildren. His symphonic arrangement of Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody” saw worldwide success as a viral YouTube hit. View all conductor finalists.



Itamar Zorman
Joint winner of the 2011 International Tchaikovsky Competition, Zorman has appeared with the American Symphony Orchestra in Carnegie Hall and the Tokyo Symphony in Japan’s Suntory Hall. He plays a Guarneri Del Jesu from 1734.




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