SACRAMENTO — In a concert billed as “The Romantics,” Sacramento Philharmonic Music Director Michael Morgan has engaged David Kim, concertmaster of the acclaimed Philadelphia Orchestra to play Camille Saint-Saëns’ Violin Concerto No. 3, written at the height of a Golden Age of violinists.
“This work is played more frequently than almost all of the late 19th century violin concertos, a tribute to its beauty and splendor,.” Morgan said. “And David Kim will give it the passionate performance it deserves.”
Kim was named concertmaster of The Philadelphia Orchestra in 1999. His mother, a well-known pianist in her native Korea, put an eighth size violin in his hands when he was only 3 years old. He began studies with the famed pedagogue Dorothy DeLay at the age of 8, and later received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from The Juilliard School. In 1986 he was the only American violinist to win a prize at the International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow.
In addition to a busy Philadelphia Orchestra schedule, Kim has 20 to 30 solo concerts each season, mostly in the U.S. and Korea. Kim continues to devote a portion of his schedule each year to bringing classical music to children and visits numerous schools each season. Through the sponsorship of Wells Fargo, corporate sponsor of the concert and the guest artist, Kim will include such appearances during his Sacramento visit.
More musical romance
Also on the program is Zoltan Kodály’s Dances of Galanta, inspired by Hungarian folk melodies, and Anton Dvořák’s Symphony No. 8, a tuneful, often humorous poke at the symphonic tradition. The program will be performed twice: Jan. 21, 8 p.m., at the Sacramento Community Center Theater and Jan. 22, 2 p.m., at Three Stages at Folsom Lake College.
To purchase single tickets call the venue of the performance you wish to attend: Sacramento Community Center Theater at (916) 808-5181 or Three Stages at Folsom Lake College at (916) 608-6888.
“Speaking of Music”
Ticket-holders are invited to an informal talk/conversation in the theater one hour prior to the concert. Experts in the field of classical music help audience members gain a deeper understanding of the music being performed — or Michael Morgan interviews guest artists and illuminates the musical passions that drive them both! The host for “Speaking of Music” concerts in January will be Sean Bianco, who will interview guest artist David Kim.
Bianco began his journey into the world of music with violin and viola lessons at the age of 8. He studied violin privately for 10 years and performed in recitals and in several regional youth orchestras. Bianco joined Capital Public Radio as an on-air announcer in 1998 and looks forward to chatting with one of the “violin masters,” David Kim.