Corey Cerovsek plays Korngold

Violinist, mathematician, pianist, virtuoso and prodigy Corey Cerovsek returns this week to the VSO in what promises to be a nuanced and elegant performance of fellow wunderkind Erich Korngold’s Violin Concerto, premiered by Jascha Heifetz at Carnegie Hall in 1947.

For a truly fantastic evening of music, The Vancouver Symphony Orchestra will be playing Berlioz’s Symphonie Fantastique as well as Debussy’s Prelude to the afternoon of a fawn, both gorgeous reminisces on the power and the beauty of fantasy.

“Cerovsek plays with radiant tone and supreme technical mastery, able to convey both the profundity and singing beauty of this deeply lyrical Beethoven masterpiece” said Robert C. Fuller of the Des Moines Register, speaking to the power and the clarity of Cerovsek’s musicianship.

Composing for films, Korngold approached the medium as writing for “opera without singing”, creating work that encompassed the emotions and the majesty necessary for the theatre, winning him two Academy Awards in the process. Korngold wrote his Violin Concerto after fleeing the Nazi regime during the Second World War, seamlessly incorporating within it themes from his film scores as well as new material and new ideas. It plays alongside the powerful despair and romantic obsession characteristic of Berlioz’s work, and the dreams and desires of Debussy’s impressionistic Prelude.

Conducted by Rossen Milanov, named by the Seattle Times as "one of the most-promising figures in the upcoming generation of conductors"Fantastique stands out as a concert well worth seeing.


  • Saturday, Jan 7, 20128pm, Orpheum Theatre
  • Sunday, Jan 8, 20122pm, Orpheum Theatre
  • Monday, Jan 9, 20128pm, Orpheum Theatre

For more information, check out the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra website. 

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