Saint-Saëns Organ Symphony

Masterworks VI

Friday & Saturday, May 5 & 6 at 8:00 PM at Maryland Hall

Sunday, May 7 at 3:00 PM at Strathmore Music Center

ASO Chat Available starting April 13, 2023 at 8:00 PM



Michael-Thomas Foumai World Premiere

Erich Wolfgang Korngold Concerto for Violin in D major, op. 35
James Ehnes, violin

Camille Saint-Saëns Symphony No. 3 in C minor, op. 78 “Organ”


Korngold’s Violin Concerto is the late work of a prodigy that defies any suggestion that its composer lost his flair once his brilliant childhood was past. Part of the rich Viennese tradition, Korngold, famous for elevating the Hollywood film score to a high art, expected great artists to be endowed with a complete command of their technical resources and richly expressive. Grammy-winning violinist James Ehnes is sure to meet these expectations. Wagner famously espoused that after Beethoven’s Ninth the symphonic form could not be bettered. Camille Saint-Saëns with his Third Symphony said not so fast. His “somber and agitated” first movement and tranquil adagio leave you unprepared for the thundering finale announced by the organ roaring to a grand and glorious conclusion.


*Single tickets for the Strathmore performance on May 7, 2023 are on sale through Strathmore’s website. Click here to purchase.

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