Triumph and Transcendence
Tchaikovsky, Beethoven, Earnest
April 3, 2016, 7:00 pm
Pick-Staiger Concert Hall, Evanston
Scott Speck, Conductor
Lincoln Trio, Soloists (Desirée Ruhstrat, violin; David Cunliffe, cello; Marta Aznavoorian, piano)
Speaker: Physicist Ken Kemner on Beethoven
TCHAIKOVSKY: Symphony No. 4
BEETHOVEN: Triple Concerto
EARNEST: Chasing the Sun
Tchaikovsky’s obsession with fate filled his music with some of the deepest human utterances ever composed. In his great musical turning point, Symphony No. 4, he expressed an array of emotions, from bleak despair to gentle nostalgia, ebullient celebration, and triumph. Ludwig van Beethoven created a new and unprecedented form in his thrilling Triple Concerto for solo violin, cello, and piano. Chicago’s own Lincoln Trio display their exquisite artistry in this forward-thinking work. Triumph and Transcendence will also include the title work of our season, Chasing the Sun, which composer John David Earnest envisioned while gazing out the window of a soaring airplane.
In 2012, Fanfare Magazine hailed the Chicago-based Lincoln Trio as “one of the hottest young trios in the business.” The Grammy-nominated trio has commissioned new works with composers such as Jennifer Higdon, recorded an extensive discography to the acclaim of critics such as the New Yorker‘s Alex Ross, and performed both nationally and internationally to audiences that have included President Barack Obama.
In honor of its performance of Beethoven’s Triple Concerto, the orchestra welcomes physicist Ken Kemner, recipient of the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers, to present the results of his x-ray fluorescence analysis of Beethoven’s hair and a bone fragment, which shed new light on possible contributors to the composer’s life-changing illnesses.
Banner photo by Elliot Mandel