January 27, 2018 | 8:00 pm | Keefe Center for the Arts (Parking and Directions)
Roderick Cox, conductor
Kelly Hall-Tompkins, violin
BEETHOVEN Violin Concerto
BEETHOVEN Symphony No. 3 "Eroica"
Kelly Hall-Tompkins, the current fiddler for Broadway’s Fiddler on the Roof, performs Beethoven’s epic Violin Concerto in a concert featuring Beethoven's Third Symphony.
Roderick Cox has been recognized as "a trailblazer...a conductor who will be in the vanguard." (Minnesota Star Tribune). He currently serves as Associate Conductor of the Minnesota Orchestra, and has conducted with the Cleveland and Chineke! Orchestras, and Seattle and Santa Fe Symphonies.
He is also conducting a performance for the opening of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History & Culture in Washington D.C.
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Click on the tracks below to listen to the music on this program.
Kelly Hall-Tompkins is the current fiddler for Broadway's Fiddler on the Roof. Watch the video below for her performance of the Fiddler Rhapsody and Scherzo.
Beethoven composed his Violin Concerto in 1806 during a period in which he created many masterworks, including his Third symphony, Fourth piano concerto, and several of his most important piano sonatas, including the Appassionata.
The piano was Beethoven’s primary instrument but he had also studied the violin as a young man and had played well enough to perform in an orchestra in his native Bonn. He had his friend, violinist Franz Clement in mind when he composed this work. Clement was a gifted artist who combined flawless intonation, particularly strong bowing technique, and a prodigious musical memory. Beethoven completed this work only two days before its premier and legend has it that Clement never had a full orchestral rehearsal before playing the concerto in public. It is also alleged that Clement inserted a trick composition of his own, played upside down on the violin on one string, into the first movement of the work. While it is true that he played his novelty piece during the concert, it was performed after completion of the concerto towards the end of the evening.
The first movement begins with five notes played by the tympani. This short, short, short, short, long rhythm is central to the work and underpins, punctuates, and inspires many of the thematic elements from which Beethoven builds the piece. This rhythmic motif is played by various instruments and at different speeds throughout the opening movement. The violin writing is often in the higher range of the instrument and the themes that were introduced by the orchestra are transformed by charming, fanciful, and virtuosic embellishments. The second movement is among the most serene music that Beethoven ever composed. This movement is based on a set of variations of a ten-bar theme. The third movement is a rondo allegro which again places virtuosic demands on the soloist. This movement features rustic elements that are played with dancelike energy and is guaranteed to bring a smile.
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