On February 23, 2019
19:30 - 21:30
Symphony Hall
34 Court Street
01103, Springfield

Rachel Barton Pine, Violin
Springfield Youth Orchestra, Special Guest
Kevin Rhodes, Conductor

Augusta Reed Thomas  Prayer and Celebration
Amy Beach  Romance
Felix Mendelssohn  Symphony No. 4, Op. 90, A Major “Italian”
Johannes Brahms  Violin Concerto, Op. 77, D Major

Mendelssohn’s Italian Symphony captures, according to its composer, the supreme joy of life in Italy. This sentiment is undeniably felt from the first moment of the symphony to the last. Prolific celebrity violinist, and SSO audience favorite, Rachel Barton Pine returns to Springfield to play Brahms’ only violin concerto on an instrument chosen by Brahms himself!

We continue our celebration of American women composers with a song by Augusta Read Thomas who said “[The] song celebrates lyric, prayerful lines allied to warm harmonies. It is a kind of homage to Mahler, a composer whose music I deeply adore and revere.”

Amy Beach’s ‘Romance’ provides an extra special moment as members of the Springfield Symphony Youth Orchestra join the SSO on stage with guest violinist, Rachel Barton Pine in celebration of both orchestras’ 75th anniversaries!