About This Concert:
Augustin Hadelich brings his crystalline tone to Beethoven’s Violin Concerto, then Orchestra Hall lights up with Berlioz’s brilliant Symphonie fantastique.
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- Is it too easy or too hard? The Beethoven Concerto isn’t every violinist’s cup of tea because the emphasis here is on lyricism and elegance, not technical fireworks.
- When Hadelich was a boy, he suffered severe burns and couldn’t play violin for a year. He said, “Because I had this moment where I wasn’t sure if I would ever play the violin again, I appreciate my life more. It made me realize how important music was to me.”
- Berlioz wrote his Symphonie fantastique when he was only 27 (and most likely experimenting with opium).
- Leonard Bernstein said, “Berlioz tells it like it is. You take a trip, you wind up screaming at your own funeral.”
- The fifth movement of Symphonie fantastique contains the iconic funeral chant, the Dies Irae.
Location Orchestra Hall
1111 Nicollet Mall