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VSO Music Director Jaime Laredo conducts a program featuring a rare Vermont appearance from international violin superstar Leila Josefowicz performing Alban Berg’s raucous Violin Concerto. The program opens with Richard Wagner’s luscious, yearning Prelude und Liebestod, comprised of themes from the beginning and end of his epic four-hour opera Tristan and Isolde. The program closes with Felix Mendelssohn’s fifth symphony, given the name “Reformation Symphony” by Mendelssohn’s sister Fanny because it was written to honor a key event of the Protestant Reformation.
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WAGNER – Prelude and Liebestod from Tristan und Isolde
BERG – Violin Concerto
MENDELSSOHN – Symphony No. 5, “Reformation”
Jaime Laredo, conductor
Leila Josefowicz, violin
Leila Josefowicz’s passionate advocacy of contemporary music for the violin is reflected in her diverse programmes and enthusiasm to perform new works. In 2008, she was awarded a prestigious MacArthur Fellowship, joining prominent scientists, writers and musicians who have made unique contributions to contemporary life.
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