Mozart Violin Concerto No. 5
October 25-28 | 2018
Leonidas Kavakos VIOLIN & CONDUCTOR
Violin Concerto No. 5, "Turkish"
Symphony No. 31, "Paris"
Symphony No. 7
Mozart’s imaginative Turkish Concerto performed and conducted by Leonidas Kavakos, along with the Paris Symphony by Mozart and Dvořák’s ominous and dramatic Seventh Symphony.
“The [Dallas Symphony] performed with impressive precision and the clean, straightforward tone that is its hallmark.” Texas Classical Review
Stay after the concerts on October 25-28 to Meet the Musicians and talk about the performance! A cash bar will be open post-concert on the east side of the lobby near the Kelly Panels.
BETTY MARCUS PARK
THURSDAY - SATURDAY
- Both Because and in Spite of Guest Conductor Leonidas Kavakos, the DSO Played Gloriously
by Scott Cantrell, Dallas Morning News
How did they do that?
There on the Meyerson Symphony Center podium Thursday night was Leonidas Kavakos, flinging himself left and right, flailing, bouncing and crouching. His baton, waving in the breeze, sometimes evinced no obvious connection to the music's pulse. Somehow, spread out before him, the Dallas Symphony Orchestra played excitingly and elegantly.
Whatever the onstage gymnastics, these performances of Mozart and Dvorák were surely products of fastidious rehearsal. And clearly Kavakos, an acclaimed solo violinist with a sideline in conducting, had attended to the music's smallest details, and how they fit into compelling wholes. (A DSO artist-in-residence this season, Kavakos was soloist in Oct. 19-21 performances of the Shostakovich Concerto No. 1.)
He both soloed and, intermittently and vaguely, conducted in Mozart's Turkish A major Violin Concerto. (Much of the coordination came from concertmaster Alexander Kerr.) With the DSO aptly reduced to chamber-orchestra proportions, this was orchestral playing of stylish subtlety and expressive nuance. From an era when theorists wrote about music as rhetoric, this seemed an aristocratic party, alive with sophisticated conversations, sly gossip and maybe a naughty story or two.
If a violin can produce a sweetly gleaming tone, that's what Kavakos delivered, with suave shapings of motifs and phrases. Strategic vibrato was a true expressive device, not an all-purpose throb.