Yannick Nézet-Séguin - Conductor
Joshua Bell - Violin
Wieniawski - Violin Concerto No. 2
Shostakovich - Symphony No. 7 ("Leningrad")
Thursday, February 15, 2018
Joshua Bell first captivated Philadelphia audiences and then the world with his astonishing prowess, on full display in this series of concerts centered on St. Petersburg, Russia. Bell performs Wieniawski's romantic and Paganini-like Violin Concerto No. 2, premiered while the composer and violinist was living and teaching in St. Petersburg. The Concerto exhibits a glossy nostalgia in stark contrast to Shostakovich's emotionally charged work dedicated to the same great Russian city. The “Leningrad” Symphony is a vivid depiction of invading armies and the devastating impact of war. Yannick leads the Orchestra for three performances of Shostakovich's towering masterpiece. Cristian Macelaru guest conducts for a special fourth performance, pairing Bell and Wieniawski with Dvorák's euphoric Symphony No. 8 and Beethoven's Leonore Overture No. 3.
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