Berlioz, Bruch & Beethoven: Violinist will join TSO for opener

TUPELO – The Tupelo Symphony Orchestra will opens its 39th season on Saturday with a visit from violinist Natasha Korsakova.
A native of Russia, Korsakova has earned a worldwide reputation. According to The German FAZ, she delivers “perfected technique, bold stylistic sense and musical intuition.”
The Roanoke (Va.) Times said she “played with authority beyond her years, handing in a performance that was by turns urgent and powerful and rhapsodic.”
“Natasha Korsakova is one of those soloists with both talent and artistry,” said Steven Byess, TSO musical director, “but she has a great versatility, too.”
In 1996, she received the Russian Muse award. Chile celebrated her as “Artist of the Year” in 1998, and she earned the same designation from Italy in 2008.
“We’re extremely fortunate to have her come to Tupelo,” Byess said.
She’ll play Max Bruch’s “Violin Concerto No. 1 in G Minor.” Completed in 1866, it is Bruch’s most famous composition.
“It’s a violinist’s dream because it is dramatic, fiery and extremely melodic,” Byess said. “Violinists love the fact that it allows them to express themselves both musically and melodically. Of course, it has all of the pyrotechnics necessary for a concerto.”
Beginning, ending
The night of music will open with “Roman Carnival Overture” by Hector Berlioz. The piece features themes from Berlioz’s opera, “Benvenuto Cellini,” including music from the opera’s carnival scene, which gives the overture its name.
“It culminates in a fast, exciting, jubilant ending,” Byess said. “It’s just a delightful work and a great concert opening.”
After TSO and Korsakova perform the Bruch concerto, the audience will get a chance to hear what Byess called “one of the most magnificent works of art in the history of man.”
He was referring to Ludwig Von Beethoven’s “Symphony No. 5 in C Minor,” which opens with four notes, “Bum-bum-bum Bum,” that have been described through the years as “fate knocking on the door.”
“It was the ‘Fifth Symphony’ that garnered international renown for Beethoven,” Byess said. “It will always be among the most popular symphonies an orchestra will ever play.”
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