Beethoven’s Violin Concerto: Beethoven and Shostakovich

When Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 5 premiered in Leningrad, listeners gave an ovation that lasted longer than half an hour, catapulting this gripping, emotional work to immediate and lasting success. It’s one of the few works to unite both critics and the public in their positive opinions. To open the concert, Beethoven’s Egmont Overture suggests societal unease in its churning rhythms before five famous knocking notes open Beethoven’s Violin Concerto. Youthful violinist Stephen Waarts takes to the stage for this staple of violin repertoire while FWSO music director Robert Spano helms the orchestra.


BEETHOVEN: Egmont Overture

BEETHOVEN: Violin Concerto

SHOSTAKOVICH: Symphony No. 5

Featured Artists

Robert Spano, conductor

Stephen Waarts, violin


May 03, 2024


Bass Performance Hall