In what will surely be a weekend to remember, the Greenwich Symphony will present acclaimed violinist Bella Hristova at the Greenwich High School Performing Arts Center at 8 p.m. on March 12 and 4 p.m. on March 13. For these two days, the city will be home to some of the finest classical music in the world, played by a musician of incomparable talent.
Hristova is renowned for her passionate, dynamic performances. Yet the spirit and beauty of her play never sacrifices control for power.
She is a disciplined violinist in total command of her instrument, one whose youth and flourishing international reputation as a soloist and recording artist promise a future of great achievement. Hristova’s 2013 Avery Fisher Career Grant – a prestigious recognition of talent – is surely just the start to an incredible career.
This weekend, audiences will be treated to a remarkable performance by Hristova of works by masters like Prokofiev and Mendelssohn. Here’s a brief glimpse at what awaits:
Symphony No. 1 in D Major, Op. 25
Composed by Sergei Prokofiev, the enfant terrible of 20th century Russian composers, at his best in 1917, this symphony is incredible for its measured power. It is a savage yet precisely controlled work brought to vigorous life by Hristova.
Frederick Delius composed four concertos – one for piano, one for cello, another for violin and cello. The one that will be featured this weekend was written exclusively for violin. Delius’ wrote lyrical, free-flowing melodies that reflect moods and gestures rather than narratives. His concerto in Hristova’s hands will surely be beautiful.
Havanaise for Violin and Orchestra in E Major, Op. 83
The French word for the Spanish habanera (a slow song or dance) is Havanaise, and that’s the title of Camille Saint-Saens’ work from 1887. Originally set for violin and piano, it is now more commonly remembered for its enrapturing soloist melody – one that Hristova can play like few others.
Tickets for the performance can be purchased here.