Guest conductor Nicholas McGegan is no stranger to
"Modern orchestras do a very good job playing music of earlier centuries," McGegan says, and period orchestrations have gotten a lot better, "because they're no longer so style obsessed as they used to be."
McGegan will conduct the
Choi, 26, makes her Heinz Hall debut at these concerts, adding the
She was born in
Perhaps her biggest break came when violin superstar
"I still remember the excitement and how very nervous I was while waiting to meet (Mutter)," Choi says. "She came in wearing a beautiful blue jacket and was very kind."
The audition lasted about two hours and included important pieces by
"I was really exhausted by the end," Choi says. "She told me several things very kindly, but I couldn't understand that well because my English was not good at the time, and I was kind of out of it after playing so long a time. I remember she was smiling, warm and kind. After a year, she invited me to join her foundation to get her support."
Choi plays a
The violinist is eager to play the Vivaldi, a set of four concerti, one for each season.
"This music is very familiar to me, not because I've played it a lot but because I listened to it so many times in my childhood," Choi says. "The amazing thing about this piece is that it's not necessary to work in a certain way because you feel it so differently every time you play it -- just like you feel different each season in the year. These pieces lead me to play more spontaneously. The piece covers all expression beautifully."
McGegan says planning the second half of the concert began with a request from the symphony to do a Haydn symphony.
"That's always fine with me," he says. "I think the issue was which one hadn't been played recently. That often gives a fairly wide choice, although obviously the marketing department loves ones with titles. I love the 'Drumroll.' "
But finding a 12- to 15-minute piece to complete the half was not easy.
"Early symphonies by Haydn or
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