Ruth Reinhardt, conductor
Alexi Kenney, violin
TCHAIKOVSKY: Cossack Dance from Mazeppa
DVOŘÁK: Violin Concerto
TCHAIKOVSKY: Symphony No. 5
Tchaikovsky's Fifth Symphony combines moments of beauty and serenity with passages of epic struggle - ending triumphantly in a blaze of brass and percussion. The composer's feisty dance from Mazeppa begins the program. It's followed by Dvořák's tuneful and spirited concerto, inspired by the composer's Czech homeland, performed here by emerging talent Alexi Kenney, described by The New York Times as "spellbinding," with "a tone that ranges from the achingly fragile to full-bodied robustness."