In an evening of Austrian and German delights, the Asheville Symphony presents a program including Beethoven, Mozart and Schumann on Saturday, October 13 at 8 p.m. The concert takes place at Thomas Wolfe Auditorium in downtown Asheville, under the baton of Music Director Darko Butorac.
The program opens with Beethoven’s Egmont Overture, which Maestro Butorac describes as “a microcosm of all the traits we love about the great composer — powerful, direct, full of contrast, and imbued with a revolutionary spirit.” It is a musical depiction of the hero’s journey, moving from dark and chaotic tones to blazing heroic victory.
Next, violinist Adele Anthony joins the orchestra for Mozart’s “Turkish” Violin Concerto. Since her triumph at Denmark’s 1996 Carl Nielsen International Violin Competition, Anthony has enjoyed an acclaimed and expanding international career. The “Turkish” Violin Concerto combines warmth and sprightly humor with violin athleticism, providing a light contrast to the two bolder works on the evening’s program.
With intimate lyricism and blazing climaxes, Schumann’s Fourth Symphony concludes the evening. This symphony was composed in 1841 during Schumann’s happy first year of his marriage to his beloved wife, Clara Wieck, who was herself a talented pianist and composer. Schumann wrote of the piece in his diary “…my next symphony will be called Clara and I will portray her with flutes, oboes and harps.”
Single tickets for Masterworks concerts are $24–69, depending on seating section (reduced youth pricing is available). Season subscriptions and ticket packages are also available. Tickets can be purchased online at ashevillesymphony.org, by phone at 828-254-7046, in person at the Asheville Symphony office at 27 College Pl., Suite 100, or at the U.S. Cellular Center Box Office.
The Asheville Symphony Orchestra performs and promotes symphonic music for the benefit, enjoyment and education of the people of Western North Carolina. The ASO presents concerts in the 2,300-seat Thomas Wolfe Auditorium in Asheville’s U.S. Cellular Center. Related organizations include the Asheville Symphony Guild, Asheville Symphony Chorus, Asheville Symphonettes, and education initiatives such as the Asheville Symphony Youth Orchestra, Music in the Schools, MusicWorks, Spotlight on Young Musicians, Symphony Talks, and pre-concert lectures.
Masterworks 2: Beethoven, Mozart, Schumann
Saturday, October 13, 2018 • 8 p.m.
Thomas Wolfe Auditorium
Darko Butorac, conductor
Adele Anthony, violin
Beethoven Egmont Overture
Mozart Violin Concerto No. 5, “Turkish”
Schumann Symphony No. 4