This set of performances is presented in loving memory of Edgar Braun, with generous support by an anonymous donor.
Benjamin Simon, conductor
Stephen Waarts, violin
W. A. Mozart Overture to Cosí fan Tutte, K. 588
Sergei Prokofiev Symphony No. 1 in D major, “Classical,” Op. 25
Felix Mendelssohn Violin Concerto in E minor, Op. 64
Wed, Dec 31 8pm
First Congregational Church
2345 Channing Way, Berkeley
Thu, Jan 1 3pm
First United Methodist Church
625 Hamilton Ave, Palo Alto
Fri, Jan 2 8pm
Calvary Presbyterian Church
2515 Fillmore St, San Francisco
In the finest classical style, we raise our curtain with Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s brilliant overture to the 1790 comedy Cosí fan Tutte. Sergei Prokofiev’s incandescent Classical Symphony gives the old form a modern twist, and Felix Mendelssohn, who adored Mozart above all others, brewed his own blend of sweetness and sophistication. The world’s most beloved violin concerto will be performed by the Bay Area’s rising superstar Stephen Waarts, our 2009 Debut Artist, who recently won first prize in the International Menuhin Competition.