Houston Symphony Broadcast

Kavakos Takes Control

Leonidas Kavakos leads the Houston Symphony as soloist and conductor in a concert from this October.

Leonidas Kavakos
Leonidas Kavakos, violinist and conductor on the next Houston Symphony Broadcast.

Coming up on the next Houston Symphony Broadcast, Greek violinist and conductor Leonidas Kavakos takes to the stage and fulfills both roles with the orchestra!

First, he takes a turn as soloist in Johann Sebastian Bach’s Violin Concerto in A minor. Speaking in an interview prior to this concert, Kavakos said that he admires Bach’s profoundness, but also the compact quality of his writing.

Then, he trades his violin in for a baton as he leads the orchestra in Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Symphony No. 36, subtitled “Linz.” Linz is a city in Austria, and it’s where Mozart wrote this symphony in a lightning-quick four days, so that it could be performed at last-minute concert staged because of the composer’s visit to the city.

Finally, a much heavier symphony: the Fourth by Johannes Brahms. In Kavakos’ words, “there could not be more contrast between the ‘Linz’ Symphony and the Brahms.” Where Mozart’s work is light and delicate, the Brahms is heavy, and dwells in lush romanticism. This piece is probably best known for its finale, which features a repeating musical pattern throughout, with new elements surrounding it in every iteration.

Tune in for this concert Sunday (12/4) on News 88.7 or Wednesday (12/7) on Houston Public Media Classical at 8 PM.

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