Classics 1 – Guest Artists: Livia Sohn & Joshua Roman

Saturday | September 23, 2017 | 6 pm

Guest Artist



BERLIOZ Roman Carnival
BRAHMS “Double Concerto” for Violin and Cello
TCHAIKOVSKY Capriccio italien


Berlioz’s Roman Carnival is fashioned after his opera Benevenuto Cellini. This piece is a brilliant example of Berlioz’s ability to translate vocal music into an orchestral treasure. You’ll ride a musical roller-coaster traverses melodies that are dashing, bright, colorful and tranquil.

Musgrave’s Rainbow is a musical soundscape of nature that paints a violent storm; a rainbow heralds the end of the tempest and the sun reappears.

Brahms’s Double Concerto for violin and cello will explore the tone, depth and beauty of the instruments in tandem with the full orchestra, moving you through a musical kaleidoscope.

Tchaikovsky’s Capriccio italien is an electrifying fantasy reminiscent of Italian folk music and street songs.

Concert Tidbits

  • Livia Sohn gave her first public performance at age eight and by age 13 she’d won First Prize in the Yehudi Menuhin International Violin Competition.
  • Composer, curator Joshua Roman was appointed principal cellist of the Seattle Symphony Orchestra in 2006 at age 22 becoming the youngest principal player in Seattle Symphony history!
  • Roman Carnival was an instant hit and was based on Berlioz’s opera Benevenuto Cellini.
  • “Double Concerto” for violin and cello was inspired by Brahms’s effort to heal his ruptured friendship with long-time friend Joseph Joachim.
  • During interviews composer Thea Musgrave is frequently asked about being a woman composer; her standard response is: “Yes, I am a woman; and I am a composer. But rarely at the same time.”
  • Capriccio italien was inspired by a trip Tchaikovsky took to Rome with his brother as respite from the composer’s disastrous marriage capriccio translates into “whim.”

Program Notes


Concert Sponsors

Henry and Carol Zeiter/Zeiter Eye Medical Group
Joe and Rita Sublett

Guest Artist Sponsors

Stockton Symphony Alliance
Beverly Fitch McCarthy – In Loving Memory of John Linley McCarthy