Plus, two premieres by Grammy-winning composer Michael Daugherty (one featuring Grammy-winning organist Paul Jacobs) and Barber’s “Adagio for StringsPassion, premieres and the pursuit of perfection entwine as Pacific Symphony welcomes remarkable Israeli virtuoso Vadim Gluzman for Tchaikovsky’s heartrending Violin Concerto. Gluzman, “one of the world’s top violinists” according to The Morning Call, delivers the rich beauty, graceful lyricism and show-stopping cadenzas of the concerto on the 1680 “ex-Leopold Auer” Stradivarius, the same violin that inspired its creation. Led by Music Director Carl St.Clair, the concert opens with the world premiere of award-winning composer Michael Daugherty’s “The Gospel According to Sister Aimee,” written for organ, brass and percussion and performed on the William J. Gillespie Concert Organ by world-renowned organist and Symphony favorite Paul Jacobs, who also performs a postlude.
Following Daugherty’s new work is one of the most popular and frequently performed pieces, Barber’s “Adagio for Strings,” hopeful and heartfelt in its distinctly American sound. And concluding the first half is the U.S. premiere of Daugherty’s “Radio City,” written for orchestra, a musical fantasy on Arturo Toscanni, who conducted the NBC Symphony Orchestra in radio broadcasts at Rockefeller Center in New York City during World War II. The concert takes place Thursday through Saturday, Feb. 23-25, at 8 p.m., in the Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall; a preview talk with Alan Chapman begins at 7 p.m. Tickets are $25-$110; for more information or to purchase tickets call (714) 755-5799 or visit www.PacificSymphony.org.