March 19, 2017
4 pm; Pre-Concert Talk, 3 pm
Carl Nielsen’s inimitable style takes center-stage in a performance of his fourth symphony. Led by guest conductor Christopher Lyndon-Gee and complete with dueling timpanists, the Danish composer’s piece encapsulates, in his own words, “the elemental will to live.” French violinist Philippe Graffin performs Elgar’s stormy concerto, a model of Romantic era expressivity and flare.
CHRISTOPHER LYNDON-GEE, guest conductor
PHILIPPE GRAFFIN, violin
ELGAR/ Violin Concerto in B Minor, Op. 61
NIELSEN/ Symphony No. 4, Op. 29 “The Inextinguishable”
Guest conductor Christopher Lyndon-Gee’s recordings have garnered five Grammy nominations, including “Best Orchestral Performance.” Previously a PSO Soundtracks panelist, he returns to conduct the PSO for the first time.
About Philippe Graffin
“Whole-hearted passion with crisp, articulate playing”—The Strad
Philippe Graffin specializes in performing original versions of pieces, including the Elgar Violin Concerto. This is the violinist’s debut appearance with the PSO.
March 15 Wednesday – PSO Soundtracks Movie Night “Following the 9th”
March 18 Saturday – PSO BRAVO! Masterclass with violinist Philippe Graffin