Art of the Violin I: Sarah Chang & Julio Elizalde
Jul
13
2:00 PM14:00

Art of the Violin I: Sarah Chang & Julio Elizalde

Superstar violinist Sarah Chang joins pianist and OMF Artistic Director Julio Elizalde for an exclusive recital to kick off our 2019 summer season! Together, the duo explores music that has defined the dimension and power of the violin, including Brahms's turbulent third violin sonata; Bazzini's demonic Round of the Goblins; and Ravel's dazzling gypsy fantasy, Tzigane. Space is extremely limited, and we expect both performances to sell out.

Works by Bartók, Brahms, Bach-Busoni, Bazzini, Dvořák, and Ravel

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Art of the Violin I: Sarah Chang & Julio Elizalde
Jul
14
2:00 PM14:00

Art of the Violin I: Sarah Chang & Julio Elizalde

Superstar violinist Sarah Chang joins pianist and OMF Artistic Director Julio Elizalde for an exclusive recital to kick off our 2019 summer season! Together, the duo explores music that has defined the dimension and power of the violin, including Brahms's turbulent third violin sonata; Bazzini's demonic Round of the Goblins; and Ravel's dazzling gypsy fantasy, Tzigane. Space is extremely limited, and we expect both performances to sell out.

Works by Bartók, Brahms, Bach-Busoni, Bazzini, Dvořák, and Ravel

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Transcendence
Aug
10
2:00 PM14:00

Transcendence

At age 31, Franz Schubert was frantically composing while his health deteriorated and the reality set in that he was dying. His heavenly Cello Quintet in C major is revered by musicians for its melodic brilliance and rare emotional maturity. Dmitri Shostakovich wrote his second piano trio during one of the darkest moments of World War II, when Hitler's army surrounded Leningrad and survival became uncertain for millions of Russians.

Works by Brahms, Shostakovich, and Schubert

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Musical Forefathers
Aug
11
2:00 PM14:00

Musical Forefathers

Explore the masterworks by four of classical music's founding fathers. The compositions selected for this program illustrate the profound impact each composer had on music history—from Bach's mind-boggling intricacy to Mendelssohn's romantic virtuosity.

Works by Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, and Mendelssohn

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Passions in Paris
Aug
17
2:00 PM14:00

Passions in Paris

The premiere of Franck's explosive Piano Quintet in F minor was met with controversy when the older and more conservative French composers denounced it as provocative. In contrast, younger composers like Fauré and Debussy were drawn to the music's fiery and expressive palette—drawing parallels with Richard Wagner's colossal operas.

Works by Debussy, Franck, and Fauré

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New Worlds
Aug
18
2:00 PM14:00

New Worlds

In 1893, Dvořák visited Iowa and had the opportunity to hear the music of the local Native Americans. This chance encounter inspired him to write the famed American Quartet and the String Quintet, Op. 97—two works that share a similar palette of radiant colors and emotions.

Works by Enescu, Walton, Chopin, and Dvořák

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Russian Tributes
Aug
31
2:00 PM14:00

Russian Tributes

Dating back to Tchaikovsky's monumental Piano Trio written in honor of his friend and nationally treasured pianist Nikolai Rubinstein, Russian composers have used musical composition as a means of accepting tragedy. Medtner, whom Rachmaninoff considered to be the greatest composer of his time, wrote his Sonata-Reminiscenza after being forced to leave his home in the wake of the Russian revolution in 1917.

Works by Medtner, Prokofiev, and Tchaikovsky

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Secret Love
Sep
1
2:00 PM14:00

Secret Love

In 1853, the young and relatively unknown Johannes Brahms was introduced to Robert and Clara Schumann. He played his own compositions for them, and they were completely stunned by the young composer's abilities. Clara, one of the greatest pianists of the 19th century along with Franz Liszt, was so moved that she wrote in her diary that Brahms "seemed as if sent straight from God."

Brahms and Clara developed a close bond, especially in the later years as her husband's mental health declined following a suicide attempt. Their letters were often full of deeply personal sentiments, and Brahms wrote countless passages of music that served as a testament of his affection for her.

Works by Clara Schumann, Robert Schumann, and Brahms

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Art of the Violin II: Ray Chen & Julio Elizalde
Sep
7
2:00 PM14:00

Art of the Violin II: Ray Chen & Julio Elizalde

Since first appearing at the Olympic Music Festival in 2013, violinist Ray Chen has taken the world by storm as one of the most sought-after soloists. He has appeared in virtually every major music venue with top-tier orchestras and renowned conductors. He joins pianist and OMF Artistic Director Julio Elizalde for a recital that ranges from the heroic lyricism of Grieg's rarely heard Violin Sonata No. 2 to Bach's iconic Chaconne in D minor for solo violin. This fall, the duo will embark on a tour of North America, with concerts at major halls such as Davies Symphony Hall in San Francisco, Walt Disney Hall in Los Angeles, and Koerner Hall in Toronto. Don't miss their first stop here at the OMF for the conclusion of our 2019 summer season!

Works by Grieg, Franck, Bach, Debussy, and Ravel

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Art of the Violin II: Ray Chen & Julio Elizalde
Sep
8
2:00 PM14:00

Art of the Violin II: Ray Chen & Julio Elizalde

Since first appearing at the Olympic Music Festival in 2013, violinist Ray Chen has taken the world by storm as one of the most sought-after soloists. He has appeared in virtually every major music venue with top-tier orchestras and renowned conductors. He joins pianist and OMF Artistic Director Julio Elizalde for a recital that ranges from the heroic lyricism of Grieg's rarely heard Violin Sonata No. 2 to Bach's iconic Chaconne in D minor for solo violin. This fall, the duo will embark on a tour of North America, with concerts at major halls such as Davies Symphony Hall in San Francisco, Walt Disney Hall in Los Angeles, and Koerner Hall in Toronto. Don't miss their first stop here at the OMF for the conclusion of our 2019 summer season!

Works by Grieg, Franck, Bach, Debussy, and Ravel

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