Our guest artist will perform the Scottish Fantasy,
a unique and virtuosic four-movement concerto
Why You Shouldn't Miss It
Stephanie Chase debuted with the Chicago Symphony at age 8 and began extensive touring in her early teens. She has performed in 25 countries with “stunning power” and “matchless technique.”
ABOUT THE MUSIC
Four Scottish Dances
Scottish country folk tunes and dances inspire this suite. The music utilizes timbres intended to imitate bagpipes, as well as musical devices such as Scotch snap rhythms. The composer also employs comic elements, such as a “tipsy” middle section in the second dance. The song-like and graceful third dance evokes “a calm summer’s day in the Hebrides”; while the last is “a lively fling.”
FEAT. GUEST ARTIST
Introduction: Grave – Adagio cantabile
Finale: Allegro guerriero
Bruch also employs the snap and lilt of Scottish folk songs in this concerto that violinist Jamie Bell described as “one of the most beautiful and touching pieces I know, and so brilliantly orchestrated. It is a unique ‘concerto,’ not following the traditional three-movement form. Each of its four movements tells a story.” In paying homage to Scottish tradition, Bruch gives a prominent place to the harp in the instrumental accompaniment to the violin.
Charles Villiers Stanford
Irish Rhapsody No. 1
Irish composer Stanford used the melody of “Londonderry Air” aka “Danny Boy” in this, the first of his six Irish Rhapsodies. The delightful work was always the most popular, which annoyed Stanford immensely!
Stephanie Chase is internationally recognized as “one of the violin greats of our era” (Newhouse Newspapers) through solo appearances with over 170 orchestras that include the New York and Hong Kong Philharmonics and the Chicago, San Francisco, Atlanta and London Symphony Orchestras. Her interpretations are acclaimed for their “elegance, dexterity, rhythmic vitality and great imagination” (Boston Globe), “stunning power" (Louisville Courier-Journal), “matchless technique” (BBC Music Magazine), and “virtuosity galore” (Gramophone). Her performances have been selected as a “Classical Act of the Decade” (Courier-Journal, Louisville), one of “20 Concerts to Hear this Fall” (WQXR) and “Critics' Choice” (Musical America).
A top medalist of the prestigious VII International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow, Ms. Chase has performed concerts in 25 countries throughout the world and is a recipient of the esteemed Avery Fisher Career Grant.
Equally at home in the virtuoso's repertoire, historically informed performance practice and contemporary music, Ms. Chase offers a diverse repertoire of over 60 concertos and large works for violin and orchestra. Her recordings include Beethoven’s Violin Concerto, which is “one of the twenty most outstanding performances in the work's recorded history” (Beethoven: Violin Concerto; Cambridge University Press) and honored with the highest possible ratings by BBC Music Magazine and Classic CD, including “Record of the Month.”
Born in Illinois, Stephanie Chase’s early violin teachers were her mother and Sally Thomas, and she was renowned as a child prodigy through concert performances starting at age two. She made her debut with the Chicago Symphony at eight and began extensive national concert touring while in her early teens. Following her Carnegie Hall debut at eighteen, she studied violin privately with Arthur Grumiaux in Belgium and chamber music at the famed Marlboro Festival in Vermont.
Ms. Chase is a favorite guest of chamber music festivals such as the Newport Music Festival, Bravo! Vail, Bargemusic, and Vietnam Connections. Her violin was made in 1742 by Petrus Guarnerius of Venice.