Beethoven & Bluegrass
Beall Hall | 7:30 PM
Kelly Kuo, conductor
Tessa Lark, guest artist
“Key Notes” | SOMD 163 | 6:45 PM
Ludwig van Beethoven: Coriolan Overture, Op. 62
Michael Torke: Sky
with Tessa Lark, violin
Ludwig van Beethoven: Symphony No. 6 in F Major, Op. 68, “Pastoral”
We’re celebrating Beethoven’s 250th anniversary with his dramatic Coriolan Overture as well as his monumental, programmatic Pastoral Symphony. Violin virtuoso and brilliant bluegrass fiddler Tessa Lark is also featured in Michael Torke’s Sky, a concerto for which OMP is proud to be a member of the commissioning consortium.
Tessa Lark, Violin
Violinist Tessa Lark has been consistently praised for her astounding range of sounds, technical agility, and musical elegance. Silver Medalist in the International Violin Competition of Indianapolis, recipient of a 2018 Borletti-Buitoni Trust Fellowship and a 2016 Avery Fisher Career Grant, and winner of the 2012 Naumburg International Violin Competition, she is also an acclaimed fiddler in the tradition of her native Kentucky. She has performed with numerous prominent orchestras and at prestigious recital venues including Carnegie Hall, and she makes her debut this season on Lincoln Center’s Great Performers Series. Three recordings featuring Ms. Lark were released in 2019: her solo debut album FANTASY, comprising her own Appalachian Fantasy and a variety of classic works in fantasia form; SKY, whose title selection is a violin concerto written for her by Michael Torke; and Invention, the debut album of her violin-bass duo Tessa Lark & Michael Thurber.