William Hagen and Hsin-I Huang

$10 BGH Classics series

William Hagen, Violin
Hsin-I Huang, Piano

Bennett Gordon Hall
Saturday, March 18, 2017
7:30 PM
Gates Open
8:30 PM
Concert Starts

Reserved: $10
No lawn sales


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
Kreisler:   Polichinelle
Saint-Saëns (arr. Bizet):   Introduction et rondo capriccioso

About The Artist

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.