Buzovkina | Imitation of Life
Shostakovich | Violin Concerto No. 1 in A Minor
Sibelius | Symphony No. 7 in C major
The orchestra’s first concert of 2022 begins with the U.S. premiere of Imitation of Life by award-winning composer Ekaterina Buzovkina, a recent graduate of the State Musical Institute in Moscow.
Carrying on the Russian theme is the evening’s soloist: Igor Pikayzen, grandson of legendary violinist Viktor Pikayzen. The Moscow-born graduate of the Juilliard School and the Yale School of Music joins the orchestra to play Dmitri Shostakovich’s Violin Concerto No. 1, a work that calls for incredible technical facility.
Following intermission, Music Director & Conductor Toshiyuki Shimada will lead the orchestra in a performance of Finnish composer Jean Sibelius’s Symphony No. 7, completed in 1924, one of the most beautiful and evocative of 20th-century symphonies, despite or because of its unusual single-movement structure.