SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 25, 2017 | 7:30PM
Lincoln-Way West Performing Arts Center, 21701 Gougar Rd., New Lenox
VERDI La forza del destino Overture
MOZART Sinfonia Concertante
with Guest Artists Jasmine Lin, Violin and Matthew Lipman, Viola
PROKOFIEV Symphony No. 5
Maestro Darko Butorac takes the stage to deliver a program of considerable contrasts. Excerpted from Verdi's tangled tale, La forza del destino, the overture introduces multiple melodies from the charming Italian opera. Soloists Jasmine Lin and Matthew Lipman, who both hail from the Chicago Southland, appear together on Mozart's Sinfonia Concertante, which is considered one of his early masterpieces. This work features unusually rich symphonic texture and is a study in contrasts with the viola tuned a semi-tone higher than normal. On the program's second half, Maestro Butorac says of Prokofiev's fifth symphony, "This is a work of incredible positive energy written during one of the darkest periods of human history, deeply affected by the Second World War." Even while knowing its dark roots, your spirit cannot help but soar as you listen to "A hymn to the free and happy man."
Maestro Darko Butorac currently serves as the Music Director of the Tallahassee and Missoula Symphony Orchestras and is the Principal Conductor of the Fidenza Opera Festival in Italy. Read his full bio!
Praise for our guest artists:
Jasmine Lin: "An 'unusually individualistic player' with 'electrifying assertiveness' and 'virtuosic abandon.'" ~The New York Times
Matthew Lipman: “equally sensitive…Chicago-born viola-player Matthew Lipman, still in his early 20s and gifted with poise and a warmth of timbre...” ~Daily Telegraph