Florence Price’s Second Violin Concerto is startingly fresh, weaving influences from African American spirituals into the tapestry of the orchestra. Prokofiev’s whimsical First Symphony and Tchaikovsky’s gut-wrenching Fifth show two Russian outsiders arriving at bold and highly personal strategies to cast aside the heavy mantles of Mozart and Beethoven.
Pre-concert Talk presented one hour prior to each performance. Free with ticket purchase.
Ask the Artist
Ask the Artist to follow the Thursday night concert. Free with ticket purchase.
1 hour, 33 minutes
1 hour, 30 minutes prior to performance
S. Mark Taper Foundation Auditorium - Benaroya Hall
Following her sensational debut with Houston Grand Opera’s 2017/18 production of La Traviata, Eun Sun Kim was named the company’s next Principal Guest Conductor. Beginning the 2019/20 season, she will be the ﬁrst conductor to hold this title in Houston in 25 years, and will further her operatic presence in North America with a new production of Rusalka at San Francisco Opera. She also recently receive broad praise for her performance of Verdi’s Messa de Requiem with the Cincinnati Symphony and May Festival Chorus in May 2018.
Praised for her “glowing sound” and “technical aplomb” (The Strad), violinist Elisa Barston is the Seattle Symphony’s Principal Second Violin.
Performances of Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 5 are generously underwritten by an anonymous donor. Elisa Barston's performances are generously underwritten by Grant and Dorrit Saviers.