The world-renowned Atlanta Symphony Orchestra (ASO), which is heading into its 75th season, is returning to the Savannah Music Festival (SMF) for its 14th consecutive year with an exciting selection by Ludwig van Beethoven and Robert Schumann that promises to be a festival highlight for classical music lovers.
The ASO is led by maestro Robert Spano who has won six Grammy Awards with the orchestra. Spano is known for his ability to communicate with audiences and his musicians, a warm quality that can make classical music approachable for even the most jaded or inexperienced listeners. Joining Spano and the orchestra this year are virtuoso violinist Daniel Hope, and the duo of cellist David Finckel and pianist Wu Han.
Hope has been a major part of the Savannah Music Festival for over 15 years as an Associate Artistic Director, but recently announced that this will be his last year in that role.
Hope is a former member of the Beaux Arts Trio and is currently the Music Director of Zurich Chamber Orchestra. His many recordings on Deutsche Grammophon are commercially successful and regularly appear on critic’s best of lists. In 2015, Hope was awarded the European Cultural Prize for Music and in 2017 he was the subject of the documentary “Daniel Hope, The Sound of Life.”
Hope’s departure makes this performance a can’t-miss-event for regular attendees and those who have never seen him perform before.
The in-demand recital team of Finckel and Han are the Artistic Directors of the Chamber Music Society of London Center and Music@Menlo. They are recent recipients of Musical America’s Musician of the Year award, one of the music industry's top honors. The duo are frequent collaborators with Hope and are returning to the SMF to joyfully tackle Beethoven’s “Triple” Concerto for Violin, Cello and Piano in C Major, Opus 56. Finckel and Han have been praised by the Chicago Tribune for bringing a “unity of mind and spirit” to Beethoven, so it will be particularly exciting to hear how they interact with Hope’s virtuoso violin on this dynamic concerto.
The program will begin with Beethoven’s Egmont Overture, Opus 84 which was part of a series of incidental music written for Goethe’s play about the heroic life of the Flemish nobleman Lamoral, Count of Egmont who was executed as part of a conspiracy in 1567. The bold piece later became the anthem of the 1956 Hungarian revolution.
In the spirit of the season, the program will close with Schumann’s jubilant Symphony No. 1 in B-flat major, Opus 38, more commonly known as the “Spring Symphony.”