Spokane Symphony: Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto
Feb. 9-10. Already famous for works such as the ballet Swan Lake, his extremely popular Piano Concerto No. 1, and The Rococo Variations for cello and orchestra, Tchaikovsky left Moscow in 1878 for some well-deserved rest, and to visit his beloved brother in St. Petersburg. Immersed in his work for quite a while, the composer later decided to temporarily leave Russia for Switzerland. It was there that he met a young violin virtuoso who inspired him to write his famous Violin Concerto. Combining charm, elegance, soaring melodies and astonishing technical fireworks, this is the perfect medium for the artistry of violinist Vadim Gluzman and the exquisite sound of his 1690 “Ex-Leopold Auer” Stradivari. Eckart Preu, conductor. Part of Classics series. Performances Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 3 p.m.