Weber: Overture to Der Freischutz
Shostakovich: Violin Concerto No.1
Yevgeny Kutik, Violin
Brahms: Symphony No.2
We begin our season with a 19th-century overture that has the power to entertain. Carl Maria von Weber’s masterpiece, “The Free-Shooter,” is still famous for catchy melodies. An idealism of another sort is enshrined in the First Violin Concerto of Dmitri Shostakovich, a portrait of a brilliant young Russian composer laboring under the shadow of the dictator Joseph Stalin. Here it will be played by the gifted Russian-Israeli violinist Yevgeny Kutik in his LSO debut – himself a refugee from the Soviet Union. Following intermission, the Orchestra will settle back into the grandeur of Brahms’ Second Symphony, continuing the LSO’s cycle of Brahms’ works.