New Year’s Eve Concert: 5 Highlights

1. Violinist Vadim gluzman

Considered one of the great violinists of the 20th century, Vadim Gluzman‘s playing is described as “pyrotechnic and passionate” (San Antonio Current).

“Most remarkable was his ability to sustain … romantic emotionalism without falling into vibrato-drenched clichés. Gluzman did it by unleashing an astounding palette of colors from his violin: a golden hive-like droning, finger-snap pizzicatos, and a plunging dive-bomber wail that had me thinking of klezmer — and of Jimi Hendrix calling down fire from heaven in ‘Machine Gun.’ …

For folks who prefer the classics, I’d sum up Gluzman this way: He is better than Itzhak Perlman, better than Midori, better than Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg and all the other big-name string titans…”
—Chris Waddington, The Times-Picayune

2. the violin: a 1690 “auer” stradivari

“Leopold Auer taught at the St. Petersburg Conservatory for almost 50 years. His students included Jascha Heifetz, Mischa Elman, Nathan Milstein, Oscar Shumsky, Efrem Zimbalist, and Kathleen Parlow. It’s hair-raising to think of all these great musicians listening to this very instrument in the most formative years of their life!”
—Vadim Gluzman

3. Bruch’s VIOLIN CONCERTO nO. 1

In 2011 Vadim Gluzman won the Diapason d’Or de l’Année award for Bruch’s Violin Concerto No. 1 in G Minor, Op. 26, with the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Andrew Litton on BIS Records. Joseph Illick told the Albuquerque Journal, “Vadim Gluzman will play Bruch like no one has ever heard before.”

4. Ava Pine, soprano

She is one of opera’s supernovas; a soprano on the cusp of international superstardom, drawing comparisons to opera legends Beverly Sills and Renée Fleming. Opera News writes: “Ava Pine…all but stole the show. By turns seductive, determined, wounded and moved, she sailed sweetly through a vast range of pitches.” “Ava Pine painted the soprano arias…in sumptuous timbres driven by alert, dramatic phrasing,” gushed The New York Times in 2009. You can hear this Grammy-nominated singer perform selections by Handel and Lehár on New Year’s Eve.

5. Beethoven’s Symphony No. 1

The symphony begins on a heroic note and unfolds to reveal the composer’s developing genius as he strays from the style of Haydn and Mozart and discovers his own voice. He lays down his colors: ‘This is what I can do with a symphony…but in a couple of years I’ll show you what I can really do.’

New Year’s Eve Concert
Wednesday, December 31, 2014 at 5:00 pm
Lensic Performing Arts Center
$27 $48 $74 $100
Student, teacher, and group discounts available
Questions? Call 505.984.8759