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  • Sat, Apr 1, 8 pm

    Palladium Theater

  • Sun, Apr 2, 2 pm

    Straz Center

Beethoven’s Symphony No. 4: Masterworks

Wedged between Beethoven’s Eroica and his monumental Fifth, the Fourth Symphony doesn’t get enough credit for its cheerful, engaging beauty that is pure Beethoven. Award-winning violinist Tianwa Yang revels in the range of the violin, from the soulful soaring of Vaughan Williams’ The Lark Ascending to the fiery pyrotechnics of Ravel’s Tzigane. The concert begins with Symphony No. 2 by Joseph Bologne, also called the Chevalier de Saint-Georges, the first-known classical composer of color, in Paris in the late 1700s. Nicholas Hersh conducts.

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Atrapada entre la Eroica de Beethoven y so monumental Quinta, la Cuarta Sinfonia no recibe suficiente credito por su belleza atractiva y alegria que es puro Beethoven. La violinista galardonada Tianwa Yang se deleita con el rango del violin, desde el vuelo conmovedor del Lark Ascending de Vaughan Williams hasta la pirotecnia ardiente del Tzigane de Ravel. El concierto comienza con la Sinfonia Numero 2 de Joseph Bologne, Tambien llamado el Caballero de Saint-Georges, el primer compositor clasico de color conocido, en Paris a fines del siglo XVIII. Nicholas Hersh dirige.

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Joseph Bologne
Symphony No.2 in D major, Op.11

Ralph Vaughan Williams
The Lark Ascending ♫
Tianwa Yang, violin

Maurice Ravel
Tzigane (Rapsodie de Concert) ♫ 
Tianwa Yang, violin

– Intermission –

Ludwig van Beethoven
Symphony No. 4 in B-flat major, Op.60
I. Adagio – Allegro vivace
II. Adagio
III. Allegro vivace
IV. Allegro ma non troppo

♫ Morse Family Foundation Music Collection; Established 1996

Program Notes

Author Kurt Loft, freelance writer and former music critic for The Tampa Tribune, provides detailed and informative program notes about the pieces on this program. Click here to read online.

Printable Program Notes

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Audio Program Notes

Listen to the audio version of the program notes, with music excerpts.

Never heard of Joseph Bologne?

You’re not alone. Perhaps the first significant classical composer of color from the 1700s is finally having a moment, including a new movie. TFO is about to debut his Symphony No. 2 on a program with Beethoven and more. Read more on TFO’s Blog.

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  • Sat, Apr 1, 8 pm

    Palladium Theater

  • Sun, Apr 2, 2 pm

    Straz Center

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