A Message from the Board: Our Season Begins

It is finally here!  The Boulder Chamber Orchestra kicks off the 2016 – 2017 season!  This is our 13th year and it is appropriately called “Jinx”.

I am Chuck Graham, one of the BCO Board Members and I have been on the board since 2011.  I have loved every minute of those years and I hope to stay and contribute many more.

For a different perspective on each of the concerts this year, a different BCO Board Member will introduce each of the concerts on this season.  I am the lucky one that gets to introduce our first performance; one I have been looking forward to since it was planned.

Bahman created a great lineup for this season, and “The Elephant in the Room” is a snapshot of what awaits all of us this year.  This performance will feature two very different and exciting violin concertos and Brahms’ Symphony No. 1 in C Minor.

For my introduction to the first concert I want to share with you what I am excited for with this concert.  Brahms is a master, and his first symphony reflects the genius he was; however, as a former violin student I am eager to see Yabing Tan perform Wieniawski’s Concerto for Violin and Orchestra No. 2 and Saint-Saëns’ Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso for Violin and Orchestra.

I was taken aback the first time I heard Saint-Saëns’ Introduction and Rondo.  I listened to it several times that day and I quickly purchased a recording of it; I listened to it constantly for weeks.  I don’t listen to it as frequently as I did back then, but when I do listen to it is still as magical as the first time I heard it.  When it plays I feel light.  My worries are lifted, and my body and feet want to move.  It always touches a place inside me and makes me happy.  As much as I enjoy it I have never been fortunate enough to see it performed live.  I am very excited to hear this favorite piece of mine performed by Yabing Tan.

Wieniawski’s Concerto for Violin and Orchestra No. 2 strikes me very differently.  To me, it is much more somber than the light, happy Saint-Saëns.  This Wieniawski impacts my intellect much more than my emotions.  This piece technically challenging for a violinist.  The notes crosses back and forth over the bridge, and up and down the fingerboard rapidly and frequently.  It is amazing to listen to.  You can hear the genius of Wieniawski and the mastery of the violinist and it fills me with a sense of awe.  As with Saint-Saëns’ piece, I have not seen this performed live.  I am especially interested to see how Yabing Tan interprets this violin masterpiece.

Two master’s violin concertos, each appealing to a different aspect of the person.  And then Brahms great Symphony No. 1.  I can’t think of a better way to kick off the season.

Thanks everyone for taking the time to read this blog.  I hope to see all of you at the performance!

-Chuck Graham

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