$10 BGH Classics series
William Hagen, Violin
Hsin-I Huang, Piano
Ticket and Dining Package: $50
No lawn sales
Dining Package: You can make the concert a complete evening out when you purchase the concert/dining package for $50 per person. This convenient package comes complete with dinner in the Freehling Room before the performance in Bennett Gordon Hall. Dinner starts at 6:30 p.m.
|Schubert:||Violin Sonatina in D major|
|Brahms:||Violin Sonata No. 3 in D minor|
|Stravinsky:||Divertimento (Suite from Le baiser de la fée)|
|Kreisler:||Sicilienne and Rigaudon|
|Kreisler:||Rondino on a Theme by Beethoven|
|Saint-Saëns (arr. Bizet):||Introduction et rondo capriccioso|
Last year becoming the best-finishing American violinist in the vaunted Queen Elisabeth Competition in over four decades, William Hagen makes his Ravinia debut with a program that contrasts the violin’s quaint, almost accompanimental role in Classical sonatas against its characterful persona today as a vociferous vehicle of virtuosity. Schubert’s first violin sonata, better known as a diminutive “sonatina,” puts the focus on the partner pianist—in this case, Hsin-I Huang, also in her Ravinia debut—the way Mozart would have, while Brahms’s final violin sonata gives both instruments a share of the spotlight across lyrical passages and a frenzied, forceful folk dance. Hagen’s violin will rise to “ever-loftier heights … passionate [and] poignantly phrased” (Florida Times) with a collection of chestnuts by the player-composer Kreisler alongside Stravinsky’s Tchaikovskian Suite from The Fairy’s Kiss and Saint-Saëns’s fleet and fiery Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso.