Maestro Joel Smirnoff is back November 10th, 2013 to lead a diverse program that opens with the beautiful sound of Chicago Philharmonic concertmaster David Perry’s violin in Hector Berlioz’s Rêverie and Caprice. The intense pathos and introspective Romanticism of Richard Strauss’s orchestral work, Metamorphosen, ignites the flames of romance. Concluding this concert is Johannes Brahms’s Second Serenade for Orchestra. Brahms relies on the darker timbre of the lower strings and winds, yet there still remains the unmistakable Romantic charm of the 19th century. As an added bonus, Northwestern musicology professor Jesse Rosenberg illuminates the cultural and music worlds of the Romantic era.