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BPO performs great Russian music this weekend

Amy Glidden
Violinist Amy Glidden is the featured soloist for the BPO this weekend. 

A beautiful, high-energy program of Russian music is waiting in the wings at Kleinhans Music Hall. JoAnn Falletta, the orchestra’s music director, is conducting, and the featured soloist is Amy Glidden, the Philharmonic’s associate concertmaster.
 An exotic note is struck at the start with Einojuhani Rautavaara’s "Isle of Bliss." Following that, Glidden is stepping into the limelight as soloist in Prokofiev’s Violin Concerto No. 2.
 This is a marvelous concerto, immediately engaging with its sensual, mournful, spiky themes. In it Prokofiev strikes his unique balance of athleticism and romanticism. It is an extroverted piece that should be a glory to hear live. 
 The concert ends with Tchaikovsky’s ever-popular Symphony No. 4. With its roller coaster of a last movement, it is one of classical music’s "greatest hits" -- the kind of piece you play for your friends who do not think they like classical music.
  The concert takes place at 8 p.m. Saturday (Nov. 19) and 2:30 p.m. Sunday (Nov. 20). 
  Admission is $25-$72. For information, call 885-5000 or visit
-- Mary Kunz Goldman


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