The Kamloops Symphony is presenting The Genius Of Beethoven, a concert with music from one of the most famous and influential composers of all time, on Saturday, February 9 at 7:30 pm in Sagebrush Theatre.
The Genius Of Beethoven features two works by the master composer; his Violin Concerto, widely acclaimed as one of the greatest violin concertos of all time, and his Symphony No. 8, regarded as one of the shortest, weirdest, and most compelling symphonies of the 19th century. Both works are from the most productive period of his life, a time of astounding creativity across a range of musical genres—symphonies, concertos, overtures, chamber and solo instrumental music, choral music and opera. This incredible productivity is all the more amazing given this was the same time when Beethoven was famously going deaf.
Opening the concert is the world premiere of Maggie Ayotte’s Human Skin, in a special collaboration with the Université de Montréal. Maggie Ayotte is a graduate student at the Université de Montréal, studying composition. Her piece Human Skin is inspired by the feeling of touch and the information transmitted through the skin.
Joining the KSO to perform Beethoven’s Violin Concerto is violinist Kerson Leong. Acclaimed by fellow musicians and audiences alike for his commanding stage presence, magnificent tone, and musical integrity, Kerson Leong is quickly establishing himself as one of the foremost violinists of his generation since gaining international recognition by winning the Junior First Prize at the Menuhin Competition in 2010.
Leading the orchestra will be Guest Conductor Jean-Michaël Lavoie. He is a professor at the Université de Montréal, and also enjoys an international career as a conductor having performed in over 40 music capitals such as Salzburg, Vienna, Paris, New York, Los Angeles, Prague, Milan, and Venice. Lavoie is the winner of the Prix Opus 2010 New Artist of the Year.