Bozeman, April 2017 – The Bozeman Symphony presents performances of The Titan on Saturday, April 8th at 7:30 pm. & Sunday, April 9th at 2:30 pm, both performances held at Willson Auditorium (404 West Main Street) in downtown Bozeman. The Symphony’s 49th season comes to a close with the monumental drama of Gustav Mahler’s first symphony, “The Titan.” His vision for the scale and scope of what a symphony could achieve was colossal, and beyond what any other composer has attempted. With massive orchestral forces (including seven French Horns!), the sheer power of his sound is almost overwhelming. You won’t want to miss this! The Symphony also presents the Bozeman debut of esteemed violinist Stephanie Chase performing the Virtuosic Bruch G Minor Concerto. Hailed as “one of the violin greats of our era,” Ms. Chase has performed with over 170 orchestras in 25 countries with many of the world’s leading conductors, and is a recent recipient of the prestigious Avery Fisher Career Grant. Majestic!
Stephanie Chase is internationally recognized as “one of the violin greats of our era” (Newhouse Newspapers) through solo appearances with over 170 orchestras that include the New York and Hong Kong Philharmonics and the Chicago, San Francisco, Atlanta and London Symphony Orchestras. Her interpretations are acclaimed for their “elegance, dexterity, rhythmic vitality and great imagination” (Boston Globe), “stunning power” (Louisville Courier-Journal), “matchless technique” (BBC Music Magazine), and “virtuosity galore” (Gramophone).
“Renowned for her impeccable intonation” (Temperament, Stuart Isacoff), her playing is also characterized by “great intensity and a huge tone, the epitome of the modern violinist” (The Baroque Cello Revival, Paul Laird).
A top medalist of the prestigious VII International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow, Ms. Chase has performed concerts in twenty-five countries throughout the world and is a recipient of the esteemed Avery Fisher Career Grant. In recent seasons her performances have been selected as a “Classical Act of the Decade” (Courier-Journal, Louisville), one of “20 Concerts to Hear this Fall” (WQXR) and “Critics’ Choice” (Musical America).
Equally at home in the virtuoso’s repertoire, historically informed performance practice and contemporary music, Ms. Chase offers a diverse repertoire of over 60 concertos and large works for violin and orchestra. Her recordings include Beethoven’s Violin Concerto, which is “one of the twenty most outstanding performances in the work’s recorded history” (Beethoven: Violin Concerto; Cambridge University Press) and honored with the highest possible ratings by BBC Music Magazine and Classic CD, including “Record of the Month.”
Born in Illinois, Stephanie Chase’s early violin teachers were her mother and Sally Thomas, and she was renowned as a child prodigy through concert performances starting at age two. She made her debut with the Chicago Symphony at eight and began extensive national concert touring while in her early teens. Following her Carnegie Hall debut at eighteen, she studied violin privately with Arthur Grumiaux and chamber music at the Marlboro Festival.
Ms. Chase often performs in the dual roles of violin soloist and conductor, and she is a favorite guest of chamber music festivals such as Bravo! Vail, Bargemusic, and Caramoor. Her violin was made in 1742 by Petrus Guarnerius of Venice, which she pairs with a bow made by Dominique Peccatte.
These performances would not be possible without strong community support and sponsorship. This concert weekend is sponsored by Spectec/TIC, Walter & Regina Wunsch, and Mrs. Robert W. Martin, Jr. for Saturday’s performance and Sunday’s performance by Bruce Jodar and Kimberlie Birdwell. Adult ticket prices range from $27.00-$67.00. Individual tickets are available for purchase online at bozemansymphony.org, by calling 406-585-9774, or at the Bozeman Symphony office located at 1001 West Oak Street, Suite 110. Student discounts are available. Tickets may be purchased for rush, based on availability on Friday, April 7th. Please contact the Bozeman Symphony for more information on rush tickets and purchase locations. Join Maestro Matthew Savery, special guest Stephanie Chase and the orchestra for a reception immediately following each performance Saturday at Starky’s Authentic Americana (24 N. Tracy Ave.) and Sunday at the Legacy Gallery (7 W. Main), catered by Corner Bakery Café.