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KC STAR CLASSICAL BEAT: Beethoven's "Eroica" with Bernstein's Serenade

Excerpt from KC Star Classical Beat by Patrick Neas | Jan. 27, 2018

Kansas City Symphony 

Leonard Bernstein would have turned 100 in 2018, and the Kansas City Symphony is honoring this important anniversary by featuring Bernstein’s music throughout the season. Feb. 2 to 4, Michael Stern will conduct one of Bernstein’s most important “serious” works, the Serenade for Violin and Orchestra.

Inspired by Plato’s Symposium, it’s a sort of violin concerto that contemplates love from the viewpoint of five Greek thinkers. The Serenade was first performed in 1954 with Bernstein conducting the Israel Philharmonic and Michael Stern’s father, Isaac, as the violin soloist. Sharon Roffman will be the soloist for the Kansas City performance.

Also on the program is John Corigliano’s Elegy for Orchestra and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 3 “Eroica.”

8 p.m. Feb. 2 and 3 and 2 p.m Feb. 4. Helzberg Hall, Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts. $25-$87, 816-471-0400 or kcsymphony.org.

You can reach Patrick Neas at patrickneas@kcartsbeat.com and follow his Facebook page, KC Arts Beat, at www.facebook.com/kcartsbeat.

Read the full article on The Star website.