Saturday at the Wagner Noel Performing Arts Center is “Opening Night at the Symphony.” It’s the start of the 2015-16 season for the Midland-Odessa Symphony & Choral.
Berlioz, Beethoven, and Dvorak are all on the bill for Opening Night for the MOSC, again, under the baton of conductor Gary Lewis. The featured performer is violinist Edward Dusinberre. He’ll be playing Beethoven’s Violin Concerto in D, op. 61
“It was my selection,” he explains. “It’s my very favorite violin concerto, such a gorgeous lyrical joyful piece of music. And also incredibly serene and sublime in places.
Dusinberre has recorded Beethoven violin sonatas in the past. His performance of the Kreutzer sonata was released on Decca Records. The great Russian author Tolstoy wrote a novella about it. “This is a terrifying piece of music,” he explains, “because it explores such a range of emotions, that it was very destabilizing even to listen to it. You won’t hear that right at the beginning. There’s a slow introduction that seems quite serene and everything sort of breaks loose afterwards.”
For Dusinberre the Kreutzer sonata is very similar to the violin concerto he’ll be playing at Opening Night. “The real drama and emotional substance is in the first movement. Very beautiful second movement. And then the third movement is somewhat of a joyful release.”