LUDWIG SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA 2013-2014 SEASON OVERVIEW
Masterworks Concert #1. “An International Festival Concert” at Gwinnett Center - November 3, 2013, Sunday afternoon
at 4 p.m. features internationally renowned Korean violinist-Janet Sung in the Atlanta premiere of the newly revised Ludwig violin Concerto. After an NPR radio broadcast of her performance with the National Symphony Orchestra, Maestro Leonard Slatkin called her “ a major musical personality who blends bravura technique with a logical sense of musical style”. The Ludwig violin concerto was called “strikingly passionate, lush, and lyrical” by the Miami Sun-Sentinel and “a powerful kaleidoscopic tapestry” by the Miami Herald at the original premiere at Festival Miami.
Powerful Peruvian baritone-Jose Sacin from the Washington Opera will return for two arias in honor of the 200th anniversary of Verdi’s birth-“Pieta, rispetto amore” from Macbeth and the “Cortigiani” from Rigoletto. The program includes the exciting “Scherzo” from Gustav Mahler’s Symphony No. 1, Rossini’s scintillating Overture to “The Silken Ladder”, and Wagner’s expansive and richly orchestrated “Prelude and Love Death” from Tristan and Isolde. Also making his debut is local wunderkind 16-year-old pianist-Joshua Shue in the Andante from Saint-Saens Piano Concerto No. 2. Maestro Thomas Ludwig conducts the 80 piece orchestra.
Masterworks Concert #2. “A Romantic Valentine’s Day Concert” at Roswell Cultural Arts Center-February 8, 2014, Saturday night at 7:30 p.m. features legendary saxophonist-James Houlik from Chicago performing the Atlanta premiere of the Russell Peck “Upward Stream” tenor saxophone concerto. John Lemley of WABE will host this concert that also marks the debut of Mexican guest conductor-the flamboyant Jose Luis Hernandez Estrada in Tschaikovsky’s romantic-Romeo and Juliet Overture-Fantasy. Maestro Ludwig conducts the rest of the program that features Brahms-Symphony No. 4 and local soprano-Megan Mashburn of the Atlanta Opera in Donizetti’s-“Quel guardo il cavaliere” from Don Pasquale and “O luce diquest anima” from Linda di Chamounix.
Masterworks Concert #3. “A Spring Fling Gala Concert” at Gwinnett Center-April 26, 2014, Saturday night at 7:30 p.m. features 2009 New York Concert Artists Guild Competition winner -violinist-Hye-Jin Kim in Dvorak’s Romance for violin and the popular Saint-Saens-Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso. The Strad Magazine writes of the “heart-stopping, unrivalled beauty” of Ms. Kim who recently soloed with the Philadelphia Orchestra and London’s BBC Concert Orchestra to critical acclaim. Malek Jandali-Syrian pianist/composer returns to perform the premiere of his masterful “Theme and Variations” for Piano and Orchestra. Olga and Jacob Yampolsky (former principal violist of the Odessa Philharmonic in the Ukraine) will debut in the lyric Max Bruch Double Concerto for violin and viola. The program is rounded out with Mendlessohn’s Symphony No. 3 “The Scottish”.