November 18, 2022 — 7:30 PM
Capitol Theater
Madison, Wisconsin

Repertoire

ARRIAGA | Los esclavos felice: Overture
BRUCH | Scottish Fantasy
PRICE | Symphony No. 1 in E minor

RUN TIME: 1 HR 45 MINUTES


Masterworks I | Director's Notes

"Two American Masters" features two women. Florence Price wrote her Symphony No.1 in E minor, in 1932. It's the first of four symphonies she composed between 1932 and 1945. It's an impressive, muscular work, in a late Romantic style and was first performed in 1933 with the Chicago Symphony under Frederick Stock. Violinist Elissa Lee Koljonen makes her WCO debut with Bruch’s Scottish Fantasy. This is a reunion of sorts, having first worked together in the late 1990s in Toledo and Wichita. Known as the “Spanish Mozart”, Spanish Basque composer, Juan Crisostomo de Arriaga, lived a short life, from 1806 to 1826. The overture to his opera, Los esclavos felices, is what he is best known for, and the opener for Masterworks I.

“…not just assured technique but unflinching purpose and confidence.”
– Detroit News

Biography

Recognized as one of the most celebrated violinists of her generation, Elissa Lee Koljonen has thrilled audiences and critics in over one hundred cities throughout the world. Ms. Koljonen initially received international acclaim when she became the first recipient of the prestigious Henryk Szeryng Foundation Award and silver medalist of the Carl Flesch International Violin Competition. Her playing has been hailed by the Helsingin Sanomat (Helsinki) as "sparkling, sensual and personal." Dan Tucker of the Chicago Tribune has written that "she displayed boundless technique and musicianship.”

Ms. Koljonen's engagements have included a return to the Philadelphia Orchestra to perform the Shostakovich Violin Concerto #1, her debut in Spain with James Judd and the Bilbao Symphony Orchestra, performances with José-Luis Novo and the orchestras in Annapolis and Binghamton, the Delaware Symphony, Reading Symphony, the Kimmel Center's Summer Solstice and the Philadelphia premiere of Behzad Ranjbaran's Violin Concerto with JoAnn Falletta. She has also made appearances with the Boston Pops, Minnesota Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic and the symphonies of Baltimore, Cincinnati, Dallas, Detroit, Oregon, Pittsburgh, Helsinki and Seoul. Ms. Koljonen has collaborated with such noted conductors as Mattias Bamert, James DePriest, Lawrence Foster, Richard Hickox, Neeme Järvi, Louis Lane, Andrew Litton, Eiji Oue and the late Bryden Thompson.

She has performed in some of the world's most important venues, including the Musikverein in Vienna, the Mozarteum in Salzburg, the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, the Barbican Centre in London, the Konzerthaus in Berlin, the Seoul Arts Center, the Symphony Hall in Boston, and the Academy of Music and Kimmel Center in Philadelphia. Also an avid chamber musician, Ms. Koljonen appears regularly at festivals throughout North America, Europe and Asia. She garnered critical acclaim for her debut at the Queen Elisabeth Hall in London and her appearances with the London Mozart Players and the Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte-Carlo in a special concert celebrating the 700th anniversary of the Grimaldi Dynasty.

Ms. Koljonen is a protégée of the great Aaron Rosand at the Curtis Institute of Music. Incorporating his influence, she carries on the legacy and tradition of Leopold Auer and his legendary school of violin playing.

Repertoire

ARRIAGA | Los esclavos felice: Overture
BRUCH | Scottish Fantasy
PRICE | Symphony No. 1 in E minor

RUN TIME: 1 HR 45 MINUTES


What to Expect

Pre-Concert Discussion
Pre-Concert Discussion

Cocktails and discussion with Maestro and our guest artist. Free with your Masterworks ticket purchase.

Cocktails
Cocktails

Libations are available at the cocktail bars within Capitol Theater lobby.

What to Wear
What to Wear

Masterworks is a sense of occasion, so dress up or dress comfortably. Learn more about the concert experience.

Getting Here
Getting Here

Map, directions, and parking information to help you plan your evening.