Concert will feature guest violinist
URBANA — The Champaign-Urbana Symphony Orchestra will open its 2013-14 season Saturday with Maestro Stephen Alltop conducting a concert with the theme "A World of Color."
The concert at 7:30 p.m. in Foellinger Great Hall at the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts will feature guest violinist Elissa Lee Koljonen, a protg of Aaron Rosand at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia, where she lives when not on the road.
Through Rosand's influence, she continues the legacy and tradition of Leopold Auer and his legendary school of violin playing, according to a release from CUSO.
The Oct. 5 concert will mark the first for Alltop, who succeeded Steven Larsen.
— Christopher Theofanidis' "Rainbow Body."
— Ernest Chausson's "Pome for Violin and Orchestra," Op. 25, with Koljonen on violin.
— Maurice Ravel's "Tzigane for Violin and Orchestra," featuring Koljonen again.
— Michael Daugherty's "Red Cape Tango."
— Ravel's "Daphnis et Chlo," Suites 1 and 2.
Recognized as one of the most celebrated violinists of her generation, Koljonen has performed in more than 100 cities throughout the world. She initially received international acclaim after she became the first recipient of the prestigious Henryk Szeryng Foundation Award and silver medalist of the Carl Flesch International Violin Competition.
Her playing has been lauded by the Helsingin Sanomat (Helsinki) as "sparkling, sensual and personal."
Chicago Tribune critic Dan Tucker wrote, "She displayed boundless technique and musicianship."
And a critic for The Detroit News wrote, "Koljonen brings to her playing not just assured technique but unflinching purpose and confidence."
Also an avid chamber musician, Koljonen appears regularly at festivals throughout North America, Europe and Asia.
She garnered critical acclaim for her debut at the Queen Elizabeth Hall in London and for her performance with the London Mozart Players and the Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte-Carlo in a concert celebrating the 700th anniversary of the Grimaldi Dynasty.
Tickets are $35 for adults, $31 for senior citizens and $5 for students of all ages.
To purchase tickets, call 333-6280.