Classics 3 – Guest Artist: Kerson Leong

Saturday | January 27, 2018 | 6 pm

Guest Artist



ALLIN The Port of Stockton March
KHACHATURIAN Violin Concerto
MUSORGSKY/RAVEL Pictures at an Exhibition


Khachaturian’s Violin Concerto is lusciously melodic and intense. Kerson Leong’s performance of this piece’s driving rhythms, chromatic inflections and exoticism will win you over.

Musorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition is based on a memorial exhibition honoring the death of his close friend, artist Victor Hartmann. Musgorsky chose ten of Hartmann’s works to which he added a “picture” of himself walking through the gallery. Organized around this recurring theme and stunningly orchestrated by Ravel, the piece progresses to a majestic finale that will leave you breathless.

Concert Tidbits

  • 20-year old Canadian violinist Kerson Leong is a multiple prize-winner in his native country and the Junior First Prize winner of the 2010 Menuhin Competition in Oslo.
  • Soviet Armenian composer Khachaturian completed his Violin Concerto in only two months.
  • The inspiration for Musorgsky’s concerto, Pictures at an Exhibition, was the memorial exhibition honoring the death of his dear friend, artist Victor Hartmann who died unexpectedly at age 39. The concerto was completed in a few short months.

Program Notes

2017/18 Classics 3 Program Notes

Concert Sponsors

Dan and Lynne Terry
Thomas & Virginia Chen
Port of Stockton

Guest Artist Sponsors

Dr. Jeffrey and Patricia Lindenberg
Beverly Fitch McCarthy