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FALL for Brahms - again Concert

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Come to see and hear just how much you love Brahms fabulous Symphony No. 4 in E Minor and thrill to the virtuosity of  15-year-old violin prodigy, Stephen Waarts!  Stephen, now attending the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia, returns to the SVS in his 4th annual appearance playing the romantic Concerto for Violin No. 3 in B Minor by Saint-SaŽns, playing on the “Ferni” del Gesu violin.  In his previous 3 appearances, Stephen played the Tchaikovsky (age 12), Brahms (age 13), and Mendelssohn (age 14) violin concertos.  Stephen is coming back to the Bay Area for Thanksgiving and is able take time to solo once again with the SVS.  You can hear and see his previous performances on YouTube on our website.

Brahms composed the Academic Festival Overture during the summer of 1880 as a musical "thank you" to the University of Breslau, which had awarded him an honorary doctorate the previous year.

Stephen will be playing a 1732 Guarneri del Gesu violin.  This magnificent instrument is known throughout the world as the “Ferni” del Gesu, which was almost certainly played upon by NiccolÚ Paganini at the house of his friend Count Cessole.

Click here to explore the interesting  history about this instrument that is one of the finest and most prized violins in the world.

You can hear actual audio clips of our first rehearsal with Stephen playing the “Ferni” del Gesu.  Click on the GASP (Great A udio Sneak Preview) clips below.

The Guarneri del Gesu violin made available courtesy Peter Prier Violins, Salt Lake City and Robert Maltz Violins, Palo Alto.  Thank you!

"Ferni" Guarneri del Gesu 1732

Giuseppe Guarneri ‘del Gesý’ (1698-1744) - Violin Ferni (1732)

FALL for Brahms - again

Saturday 19 November 2011: 7:30 pm
     Venue:  Holy Trinity Episcopal Church
      Map:   330 Ravenswood Avenue, Menlo Park, CA 94025
Sunday 20 November 2011: 4:00 pm
     Venue:  Saint Marks Episcopal Church
      Map:   600 Colorado Avenue, Palo Alto, CA 94306


are rehearsal clips.  Click title or movement to download complete audio of concert November 20, 2011 at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in Palo Alto.

BrahmsAcademic Festival Overture, Op. 80 (1880)

Saint-SaŽns:  Concerto for Violin No. 3 in B Minor, Op. 61
             Stephen Waarts, Violin Soloist

  1. Allegro non troppo  GASP
  2. Andantino quasi allegretto  GASP
  3. Molto moderato e maestoso  GASP
  4. GASP - Compilation clip ed. Jonathan Humphries
Johannes Brahms

Johannes Brahms


Camille Saint-SaŽns

Brahms:  Symphony No. 4 in E Minor, Op. 98 (1884-1885)

  1. Allegro non troppo (E minor)
  2. Andante moderato (E minor/E major)
  3. Allegro giocoso (C major [might also be interpreted as E phrygian])
  4. Allegro energico e passionato (E minor)
Johannes Brahms

Johannes Brahms

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