Sep. 22 – Opening Night: Pictures at an Exhibition

Saturday, September 22, 7:30 PM

First Baptist Shreveport
Michael Butterman, conductor

DUN Passacaglia: Secret of Wind and Birds*
SHOSTAKOVICH  Violin Concerto No. 1
Karen Gomyo, violin
MUSSORGSKY  Pictures at an Exhibition

Experience the pomp and pageantry of Pictures at an Exhibition, along with world-renowned violinist Karen Gomyo playing the fiery Shostakovich concerto. Grab your smartphones to help us transform First Baptist Shreveport into an immersive aviary as we kick-off our season with Academy Award-winning composer Tan Dun’s Passacaglia, complete with photographic images curated by Neil Johnson.

“…a first-rate artist of real musical command, vitality, brilliance and intensity.”
~Chicago Tribune

*NOTE:  Prior to the performance, download this mp3 to your smartphone so you can participate in the interactive performance of this work

Free pre-concert discussion starts at 6:40 PM

Program Notes

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Click here for Michael Butterman's video introduction to the SSO's new venue for the 2018-19 Season, First Baptist Shreveport

Click here for more information on our Sept. 23 free Noel Foundation, Inc. Chamber Music Series concert







About Karen Gomyo

Praised by the Chicago Tribune as “a first-rate artist of real musical command, vitality, brilliance and intensity”, violinist Karen Gomyo continues to captivate audiences worldwide. In May 2018, Karen Gomyo performed the world premiere of Samuel Adams’ new Chamber Concerto with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and Esa-Pekka  Salonen, to great critical acclaim. The work was written for her and commissioned by the CSO to celebrate the 20th anniversary of its MusicNow series.

Other 2018-19 season highlights include debuts with the Philharmonia Orchestra in London conducted by Jakub Hrůša, the Royal Northern Sinfonia in England with Karina Canellakis, as well as returns to the San Francisco Symphony, Houston Symphony, Oregon Symphony, Minnesota Orchestra, St. Louis Symphony, Vancouver Symphony, Dallas Symphony, and to the WDR Sinfonieorchester Köln in Germany.

Last season she performed in recital at the Sydney Opera House, toured with Edo de Waart and the New Zealand Symphony, followed by performances with WASO Perth and the Tasmanian Symphony and stood in last minute to make her debut with Polish National Radio Symphony, performing the Britten, with an immediate re-invitation. She also returned to the St. Louis Symphony, the NACO, and the symphony orchestras of Milwaukee, Montreal, Cincinnati, Detroit and Indianapolis, among others.  

Strongly committed to contemporary works, Karen Gomyo performed the North American premiere of Matthias Pintscher’s Concerto No. 2 “Mar’eh” with the composer conducting the National Symphony Orchestra of Washington D.C., as well as Peteris Vasks’ “Vox Amoris” with the Lapland Chamber Orchestra conducted by John Storgårds, and has collaborated in chamber music compositions with Jörg Widmann, Olli Mustonen, and Sofia Gubaidulina.

Gomyo participated as violinist, host, and narrator in a documentary film produced by NHK Japan about Antonio Stradivarius called “The Mysteries of the Supreme Violin”, which was broadcast worldwide on NHK WORLD. Karen Gomyo plays on the “Aurora, exFoulis” Stradivarius violin of 1703 that was bought for her exclusive use by a private sponsor.