Performance Tuesday, March 15, 2011 | 8 PM

Boston Symphony Orchestra

Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage
Perspectives artist Tetzlaff demonstrates all that makes him a leading virtuoso on his instrument, taking the lead on every piece of this program. He probes deeply into the full range of the repertoire, including Mozart, British composer Harrison Birtwistle, and Bartók.

Boston Symphony Orchestra Assistant Conductor Marcelo Lehninger will replace James Levine for this performance. Maestro Levine is forced to cancel his appearances with the Boston Symphony Orchestra due to ill effects from a recent procedure addressing his ongoing back issues, further complicated by a viral infection.

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  • Boston Symphony Orchestra
    Marcelo Lehninger, Conductor
  • Christian Tetzlaff, Violin


  • MOZART Rondo for Violin and Orchestra in C Major, K. 373
  • HARRISON BIRTWISTLE Violin Concerto (NY Premiere)
  • BARTÓK Violin Concerto No. 2

  • Perspectives:
    Christian Tetzlaff


  • Marcelo Lehninger

    Appointed an assistant conductor of the Boston Symphony Orchestra by James Levine, Brazilian-born conductor Marcelo Lehninger made his acclaimed BSO debut in October 2010, leading a subscription-series program of Barber, Beethoven, and Tchaikovsky with soloist Pinchas Zukerman. In November 2010, he made his debut with the Hartford Symphony Orchestra as a candidate for the position of music director. In January 2011, he made an acclaimed debut on short notice with the New West Orchestra of California, taking over a program of works by Wagner, Tchaikovsky, and Bernstein. Mr. Lehninger is currently Associate Conductor of the Minas Gerais Philharmonic Orchestra in Brazil. An alumnus of the National Conducting Institute in Washington, DC, he has served as cover conductor for the National Symphony Orchestra's subscription concerts at the Kennedy Center; following his debut with that orchestra in 2007, he was invited to conduct the NSO again in summer 2008. For 2007-2008, he was invited to be music advisor of the Youth Orchestra of the Americas, also touring that summer with the YOA and pianist Nelson Freire in South America. Plácido Domingo serves as artistic advisor for that ensemble, which is composed of 120 talented musicians from more than 20 countries throughout the Americas. Mr. Lehninger placed second in the First Eleazar de Carvalho National Conducting Competition in Rio de Janeiro in 2001, and has appeared as guest conductor with the leading South American orchestras. Chosen by Kurt Masur, Mr. Lehninger was awarded the first Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy Scholarship sponsored by the American Friends of the Mendelssohn Foundation, subsequently spending one month in 2008 as Mr. Masur's assistant with the Orchestre National de France, Gewandhaus Orchestra, and New York Philharmonic. He also participated in the 2009 Malko Competition for Young Conductors in Denmark, and led the Danish Radio Symphony Orchestra at Copenhagen's Koncerthuset. Before dedicating his career to conducting, Marcelo Lehninger studied violin and piano. A citizen of both Brazil and Germany, he holds a master's degree from the Conductors Institute at New York's Bard College, where he studied conducting under Harold Farberman and composition with Laurence Wallach. He has also participated in master classes with Kurt Masur, Leonard Slatkin, Marin Alsop, Moshe Atzmon, and Andreas Weiss.
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  • Christian Tetzlaff

    Christian Tetzlaff is internationally recognized as one of his generation's most important violinists. As a chamber musician, he collaborates frequently with distinguished artists and is founder of the Tetzlaff Quartet. As soloist with the world's leading orchestras and conductors, he has worked in North America with the orchestras of Boston, Chicago, Cleveland, Philadelphia, New York, San Francisco, Los Angeles, and Toronto. He also appears regularly with the major European orchestras and in recital. As a 2010-2011 Carnegie Hall Perspectives artist, Mr. Tetzlaff is curating a personal concert series that includes tonight's Boston Symphony concert, an appearance as conductor and soloist with the Orchestra of St. Luke's, a performance with Ensemble ACJW under Sir Simon Rattle, collaborations with the Tetzlaff Quartet and violinist Antje Weithaas, and a workshop for young violinists and pianists, culminating in two Young Artists Concerts. His 2010-2011 repertoire includes concertos by Bartók, Beethoven, Berg, Birtwistle, Brahms, Ligeti, Mendelssohn, Mozart, Shostakovich, Tchaikovsky, and Widmann. The current season brings numerous concerto appearances in America and Europe, including concerts with the London Philharmonic in Leipzig, Helsinki, and London, and a European tour with the San Francisco Symphony. He also performs the complete cycle of Bach's unaccompanied sonatas and partitas in Lisbon, Dresden, and Berkeley, California; plays Beethoven's violin sonatas with Alexander Lonquich in Tokyo; and tours with the Tetzlaff Quartet throughout North America and Europe. Reflecting the breadth of his musical interests, his recordings include solo works, chamber music, and concertos ranging from Haydn to Bartók. Christian Tetzlaff makes his home near Frankfurt with his wife, a clarinetist with the Frankfurt Opera, and their three children. He currently performs on a violin modeled after a Guarneri del Gesù and made by the German violin maker Peter Greiner. Since making his Boston Symphony Orchestra debut in November 1990, Mr. Tetzlaff has been soloist with the orchestra in the violin concertos of Schumann, Berg, Ligeti, Sibelius, Szymanowski (Violin Concerto No. 1), Mozart (No. 3), Beethoven and Schoenberg (in a single program, as part of a Levine/BSO Beethoven/Schoenberg cycle), Berg, and Brahms (both the Double Concerto and the Violin Concerto).
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Bartók Concerto No. 2 for Violin and Orchestra, Sz 112 (III. Allegro molto)
Christian Tetzlaff, Violin / London Philharmonic Orchestra / Michael Gielen. Conductor
Virgin Classics

At a Glance

In this program of three works for solo violin and orchestra, the Boston Symphony Orchestra continues the strong collaborative partnership it has developed in recent years with the versatile German violinist Christian Tetzlaff.

Mozart’s Rondo in C Major, K. 373, is a bright, attractive work that post-dates his five elegant and inventive violin concertos written when he was not yet 20. The C-Major Rondo, from 1781, was composed for and premiered by Antonio Brunetti, the Neapolitan concertmaster of Mozart’s then employer, Count Hieronymus Colloredo of Salzburg.

Sir Harrison Birtwistle’s Violin Concerto, a BSO commission completed last year and premiered in Boston earlier this month, was written specifically for Christian Tetzlaff, James Levine, and the BSO. Birtwistle, one of Britain’s most distinctive and prominent composers, has been involved with opera and theater since establishing his reputation in the 1960s. His brilliant new Violin Concerto parallels Greek drama, with the soloist as protagonist and the orchestra as chorus.

Bartók’s Violin Concerto No. 2, completed in December 1938 for the great Hungarian violinist Zoltán Székely not long before Bartók left Europe for the United States, is marked by the kaleidoscopic range of moods and language that characterizes his music in general. The second movement, a set of six variations, reflects Bartók’s original plan to write a variation set for his compatriot, rather than the full-fledged concerto the piece ultimately became.

Program Notes
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This performance is part of Concertos Plus, Orchestral Splendor, and Great Orchestras Mix.

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