Juanjo Mena leads the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra in Brahms’ Violin Concerto, January 27-29

Guest violinist Augustin Hadelich makes BSO debut

Violinist Augustin Hadelich makes his Baltimore Symphony Orchestra (BSO) debut, under the direction of Juanjo Mena, in a performance of Brahms’ Violin Concerto on Thursday, January 27 at 8 p.m. and Friday, January 28 at 8 p.m. at the Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall and Saturday, January 29 at 8 p.m. at the Music Center at Strathmore. Audience-favorite Juanjo Mena will also lead the BSO in Roberto Sierra’s Sinfonia No. 4, commissioned by the Sphinx Commissioning Consortium, and Haydn’s Symphony No. 85, “La Reine.”

Johannes Brahms composed his violin concerto at the peak of his career, to be performed by his good friend, Joseph Joachim, who premiered the work in 1879. The concerto was a product of these close colleagues’ collaboration, with Brahms frequently conferring with Joachim about figurations and orchestral balance to compliment the violin. The piece finds itself again in able hands, performed by young virtuoso Augustin Hadelich, hailed by The New York Times for his “dazzling technique” and “gorgeous tone.”

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