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Sarah Chang Plays Bruch

Sunday, November 6 at 3 p.m.

The Kravis Center for the Performing Arts

One of the foremost violinists of our time, Sarah Chang, joins Maestro Gerard Schwarz to open the season performing the virtuoso passages and rich melodies of Bruch’s Violin Concerto No. 1 in G Minor, Op. 26. In reviewing her EMI Classics recording of Brahms and Bruch violin concertos with Kurt Masur and the Dresdner Philharmonie, Gramophone magazine reported, “To listen to Sarah Chang is to be bathed in the sheer beauty of her sound. It can yield some sublime moments: the way the violin line emerges out of the orchestra in the first movement of the Bruch, or the sheer finesse of every phrase in both works, virtuosity worn lightly but unmistakable none the less.” Palm Beach Symphony continues the dazzling season opener by adding two works to its repertoire as it delivers the exuberant Rounds for String Orchestra by David Diamond that cheered war-weary audiences in WWII and became his most popular work before closing the concert with the lush harmonies and melodies of Brahms’ Symphony No. 2 in D Major, Op. 73.

Chang has performed with the most esteemed orchestras, conductors and accompanists in an international career spanning more than two decades. Highlights from recent and upcoming seasons include performances with the New York Philharmonic, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Philadelphia Orchestra, Chicago Symphony, National Symphony Orchestra, Boston Symphony, Cleveland Symphony, Montreal Symphony, Houston Symphony, Detroit Symphony, San Francisco Symphony, Toronto Symphony, Vancouver Symphony, Cincinnati Symphony, San Diego Symphony and New Jersey Symphony. Her European engagements have taken her to Austria, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Switzerland and the United Kingdom, and her engagements in Asia have brought her to audiences in China, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Singapore, Australia and New Zealand. In 2011, Chang was named an official Artistic Ambassador by the United States Department of State, and her numerous honors include receiving the Harvard University Leadership Award, Yale University dedicating a chair in Sprague Hall in her name, being the youngest person ever to receive the Hollywood Bowl’s Hall of Fame award and the Internazionale Accademia Musicale Chigiana Prize in Siena, Italy.



Rounds for String Orchestra (Palm Beach Symphony Premiere)


Violin Concerto No. 1 in G Minor, Op. 26


Symphony No. 2 in D Major, Op. 73 (Palm Beach Symphony Premiere)

Gerard Schwarz, conductor

Sarah Chang, violin

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This evening was generously underwritten by Barbara and William Karatz Fund/William Karatz and Joan G. Smith in memory of William Karatz

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