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Vancouver Symphony Orchestra
500-843 Seymour Street, Vancouver, British Columbia V6B 3L4
Otto Tausk conductor
Tanja Tetzlaff cello*
Berlioz Roman Carnival Overture
Dvořák Cello Concerto in B minor*
Brahms Symphony No. 1 in C minor
Music Director Designate Maestro Otto Tausk returns to the VSO, conducting a beautiful program of classics, including one of the greatest symphonies of them all, a work that emerged triumphantly from under the shadow of Beethoven’s mighty Ninth Symphony. Brahms struggled mightily with the idea of writing a symphony in the wake of Beethoven’s Ninth, feeling that music had been perfected in that great work. He finally worked up the courage after twenty years of delay; and his Symphony No. 1 was worth the wait, a stunning symphonic statement that in many ways picked up where Beethoven left off.
Dvořák’s Cello Concerto is perhaps the best-loved of the “big five” cello concerti, a beautiful work that is not consumed by flashy solo parts but seamlessly and brilliantly integrates the cello and orchestra into a dynamic, lyrical and rewarding dialogue.
Otto Tausk is the VSO’s Music Director Designate.In all collaborations he leads, Maestro Tausk energizes those he works with earning him enthusiastic and critical acclaim. He has been Music Director of the Symphony Orchestra and Opera Theatre St Gallen since 2012. He is also a hugely respected musical personality in his native Holland, working with all the major orchestras and composers. Maestro Tausk will take up the baton as VSO Music Director in July of 2018.
Cellist Tanja Tetzlaff performs an extensive repertoire, including the staple solo and chamber music literature, and important compositions of the 20th and 21st centuries. The 2017/18 season includes concerts with the Royal Northern Sinfonia Orchestra, Frankfurter Opern- und Museumsorchester, Nationaltheater-Orchester Mannheim and the Philharmonisches Orchester Landestheater Coburg. Furthermore, she will be “Artist in Residence“ at the SWR Schwetzinger Festspiele in spring 2018.
Chamber music also plays a significant part in Tanja’s career. In 1994 Tanja founded the Tetzlaff Quartett, along with her brother Christian Tetzlaff, Elisabeth Kufferath and Hanna Weinmeister. She has also made regular appearances alongside Lars Vogt, Leif Ove Andsnes, Alexander Lonquich, Antje Weithaas, Florian Donderer, Baiba and Lauma Skride, and Christian Tetzlaff, including at the festivals in Heidelberg, Heimbach, Bergen, and Edinburgh.
Tanja Tetzlaff studied with Bernhard Gmelin in Hamburg and Heinrich Schiff at the Mozarteum in Salzburg and plays a cello by Giovanni Baptista Guadagnini from 1776.
(The Dutch cellist Harriet Krijgh has, with regrets, had to withdraw from her scheduled performances in Vancouver due to health reasons. The VSO looks forward to welcoming her at a future date.)