North Carolina Symphony Music Director Grant Llewellyn brings the work of three great composers together in a concert that highlights a great work by each of them. “Haydn, Mozart and Beethoven made music together, fed off of each other, admired each other,” says Llewellyn.
Audiences will see the common threads in concerts on Thursday, October 8 at Memorial Hall on the UNC-Chapel Hill campus and on Friday and Saturday, October 9 & 10 in Meymandi Concert Hall at downtown Raleigh’s Progress Energy Center for the Performing Arts.
The program features two of the orchestra’s talented musicians, Concertmaster Brian Reagin and Principal Viola Anton Jivaev in Mozart’s Sinfonia Concertante for Violin and Viola. “Mozart,” says Llewellyn, “was a passionate violinist himself, so this work is both challenging for the soloists and thrilling for the audience to hear.”
Reagin, who joined the North Carolina Symphony as concertmaster in 1990, has performed as soloist many times during his tenure performing concertos by Vieuxtemps, Paganini, Sibelius, Bruch (Scottish Fantasy and G minor Concerto), Korngold, Mendelssohn, Barber, Stravinsky, Tchaikovsky, Bach and Vivaldi. He also serves as concertmaster for the Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra in Chautauqua, NY.
Jivaev, a native of Tashkent, Uzbekistan, came to the US to study viola at Dusquesne University and then continued his studies at the Curtis Institute before joining the North Carolina Symphony. He is also principal violist for the Verbier Festival Chamber Orchestra, an international touring group based in Switzerland.
The program also includes Haydn’s sunny, but not often heard Symphony No. 19 and Beethoven’s brilliant, sparkling and most truly classical Symphony No. 7. “There is a theme of dance throughout this program as well,” says Llewellyn. “All in all, it will be delightful evening.”
North Carolina Symphony
Grant Llewellyn, Music Director
Brian Reagin, violin
Anton Jivaev, viola
October, 8, 2009, 8pm – Memorial Hall, UNC-Chapel Hill
October 9 & 10, 2009, 8pm – Meymandi Concert Hall, Raleigh