OI Shines in LvB, Dmitri, Barber & Mozart

Apr 6, 2014

Mozart was 23 when he wrote a concerto so rich that not even he would ever surpass it. It's for Violin and Viola (K. 364) and when Orchestra Iowa performed the work recently,  instead of bringing in touring soloists, they shined the spotlight on their own  first violinist Luke Witchger and principal violist Lisa Ponton.  They were amazing:

Luke Witchger, the violin soloist in the Mozart Sinfonia Concertante, K. 362
Credit Orchestra Iowa
Lisa Ponton, principal violist in Orchestra Iowa
Credit Grinnell College

You can hear them on this week's Symphonies of Iowa broadcasts, Sunday at noon or Monday at 7PM. Another highlight of the concert is Shostakovich's First Symphony, written when he was 21, and soon picked up by famous conductors in Berlin and New York; today its genius is more obvious than ever. Also on the program are Samuel Barber's First Essay for Orchestra (written at the comparatively advanced age of 28) and Beethoven's Third Leonore Overture (okay, written at 36 - by then, he was a mature master and this work is a creative peak). Jacqueline Halbloom hosts and produced the broadcast.