Vermont Symphony Orchestra to Perform Commissioned World Premiere, 3/20

The Vermont Symphony Orchestra continues its season with two concerts and a pair of Ludwigs. The first performance will be held at the Flynn Center for the Performing Arts in Burlington on March 19, 8:00 pm. This concert represents the fourth in a series of five finalizing on April 30. The second, will be held at the Paramount Theatre in Rutland on March 20, 3:00 pm.

Vermont Symphony Orchestra New Music Advisor David Ludwig has written a violin concerto for his then fiancée, the incomparable Bella Hristova. Acclaimed for her passionate, powerful performances, beautiful sound, and compelling command of her instrument, violinist Bella Hristova is a young musician with a growing international career as a soloist and recording artist. Her talent has been recently recognized with a prestigious 2013 Avery Fisher Career Grant, given to outstanding instrumentalists and based on excellence alone. The Strad has praised, "Every sound she draws is superb", and the Washington Post's The Classical Beat has stated she is "a player of impressive power and control".

David Ludwig's Violin Concerto was co-commissioned by the Vermont Symphony Orchestra, Kansas City Symphony, The Louisville Orchestra, Quad City Symphony Orchestra Association, Reno Chamber Orchestra, Rogue Valley Symphony, Westchester Philharmonic, and Delaware Symphony Orchestra. David Ludwig Violin Concerto Consortium Commission was supported by New Music USA, made possible by annual program support and/or endowment gifts from Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Mary Flagler Cary Charitable Trust, Rockefeller Brothers Fund, William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, Francis Goelet Charitable Lead Trusts, and Anonymous. Further, the following credit, link and New Music USA's logo must appear in all online publicity and/or e-mail: David Ludwig Violin Concerto Consortium Commission was supported by New Music USA. To follow the project as it unfolds, visit our project page.

Hristova gives the world premiere of this work at our concert, limbering up with Dvorak's Romance for Violin and Orchestra. The concert ends happily ever after...with a piece by the other Ludwig, Beethoven's Fifth Symphony (which needs no introduction.)

Concerts by the VSO are made possible in part by the State of Vermont and individuals, businesses and foundations throughout Vermont and beyond. Vermont Public Radio and Vermont PBS are the co-sponsors for the 2015/2016 season. Trapp Lager is the official lager of the VSO. The Vermont Symphony Orchestra is grateful for the support of concert sponsors Courtyard Marriott Burlington Harbor, Delta Dental/Northeast, and Bravo Society Members Malcolm Gladys Severance.

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