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String Fever

Fri., Apr. 13, 2018, 7:30 p.m.
Sat., Apr. 14, 2018, 8 p.m.
Sun., Apr. 15, 2018, 2:30 p.m.

There is no better time of year to catch the spirit of music, than when John DeMain captures the essence of the budding season with Schumann's Spring Symphony. Joining him is Grammy Award-winner Augustin Hadelich in a scintillating performance of the Dvořák Violin Concerto, long overdue for a hearing at these concerts.

Music Program

Britten | Sinfonia da Requiem
Dvořák | Violin Concerto
Schumann | Symphony No. 1, Spring


John DeMain, Conductor
Augustin Hadelich, Violin

About Augustin Hadelich

Grammy Award-winner Augustin Hadelich has established himself as one of the great violinists of his generation. He has performed with major orchestras throughout the world including appearances with the New York Philharmonic, Los Angeles Philharmonic, the symphony orchestras of Baltimore, Colorado, Dallas, North Carolina, San Diego, and St. Louis, Dresden Philharmonic, Frankfurt Radio Orchestra, BBC Symphony/London, Danish National Symphony, London Philharmonic, Stuttgart Radio Orchestra, and a tour of China with the San Diego Symphony. Festival appearances include the BBC Proms, the Bowdoin Music Festival, Aspen, Bravo! Vail, Tanglewood, Chautauqua, and the Hollywood Bowl.
Mr. Hadelich received a 2016 Grammy Award for “Best Classical Instrumental Solo” with his recording of Dutilleux’s Violin Concerto, “L’arbre des songes,” with the Seattle Symphony under Ludovic Morlot. His previous recordings include works by Mendelssohn, Bartók, Sibelius, and Thomas Adès.
Gold Medalist of the 2006 International Violin Competition of Indianapolis, Mr. Hadelich was named winner of the inaugural Warner Music Prize in 2015. Other distinctions include Lincoln Center’s Martin E. Segal Award (2012), a Borletti-Buitoni Trust Fellowship in the UK (2011), and an Avery Fisher Career Grant (2009).
“He makes the musical sense of each piece crystal clear, and his playing has an inner life; each phrase, each note, is felt as it’s played.” —Gramophone Magazine

Read the Program Notes

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Prelude Discussion

Enjoy a 30-minute talk by music experts starting one hour before each concert in Overture Hall. Free to ticketholders.
April speaker: John DeMain


Major funding
provided by

Stephen Morton

Lynn Allen-Hoffmann and Michael Hoffmann

Fred and Mary Mohs

Additional funding
provided by
Wisconsin Arts Board funding comes with funds from the State of Wisconsin and the National Endowment for the Arts.


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