Orchestra of St. Luke’s with Jennifer Koh at the Caramoor Festival

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Monday, July 13, 2015

Jeff Spurgeon interviews Jennifer Koh after her performance at the Caramoor Festival Jeff Spurgeon interviews Jennifer Koh after her performance at the Caramoor Festival (Noriko Okabe/WQXR)

On July 19 at 4:30 pm at the Caramoor Festival in Katonah, New York, Nicholas McGegan conducts the Orchestra of St Luke's in a program of pieces by Mozart, Schubert and Beethoven. American violinist Jennifer Koh is the soloist.

All three works on this program have Austrian roots, starting with Mozart's "Little G minor" symphony, his first symphony in a minor key and written when he was still a teenager. Schubert's "Unfinished" Symphony, despite having just two movements completed, remains his most popular orchestral work; while Beethoven's Violin Concerto stands out as a lyrical and expressive middle-period masterpiece.

The Orchestra of St. of Luke’s began as a chamber ensemble in a Greenwich Village church and returns to its summer Caramoor residency as it celebrates its 40th season.

Jennifer Koh is a high-octane violinist noted for her performance of repertoire ranging from traditional to contemporary. Koh's special interest in Bach is shown in her three-part Bach and Beyond series that explores solo violin repertoire from Bach’s Sonatas and Partitas as well as modern-day composers.

British conductor Nicholas McGegan, music director of the San Francisco-based Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, is best-known as a Baroque music authority, though he has also branched out into Classical, Romantic, 20th and 21st century repertoire. Among his many notable releases is the world premiere recording of Handel’s Susanna, earning him both a Gramophone Award and a Grammy nomination.

PROGRAM

Mozart: No. 25 in G minor, K. 183
Schubert: Symphony No. 8 in B minor “Unfinished Symphony”

Intermission

Beethoven: Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 61
Jennifer Koh, violin

Nicholas McGegan, conductor
Orchestra of St. Luke’s

Comments [2]

Joan Rubenstein from Somers, NY

Fabulous concert---I was there! The temperature was almost 100 degrees but they played magnificently. The conductor and Ms. Koh had to wipe with a towel occasionally but performed beautifully.

Jul. 27 2015 03:57 PM
Les from Miami, Florida

I'm sure there's a missprint: Jennifer Koh is a high-octane violinist, not a high octave violinist, but it's incontestable that she can certainly play high octaves!

Jul. 17 2015 08:34 AM

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