Dvořák’s Eighth Symphony
Artis—Naples Masterworks Series
Eric Jacobsen, conductor
Jennifer Koh, violin
R. Strauss — Metamorphosen
Steven Mackey — Beautiful Passing
Dvořák — Symphony No. 8
Prelude at 7pm
All Masterworks tickets include same-day admission to The Baker Museum. Special museum hours on day of performance: 10am-8pm.
Friday night’s performance is generously underwritten by Donna and Don Comstock.
Jennifer Koh is recognized for her intense, commanding performances, delivered with dazzling virtuosity and technical assurance. She is dedicated to performing the violin repertoire of all eras from traditional to contemporary, believing that the past and present form a continuum. Koh has been heard with leading orchestras worldwide and appears frequently at major music centers and festivals as a prolific recitalist. In 2015-16, she partnered with pianist Shai Wosner for Bridge to Beethoven, a recital series that explored the impact and significance Beethoven has had on a diverse group of composers and musicians, comprising Beethoven’s complete violin sonatas paired with new works by Anthony Cheung, Vijay Iyer and Andrew Norman. Bridge to Beethoven was presented at the Aspen and Ravinia festivals as well as in New York, Boston and San Francisco, among other cities. Koh’s orchestral highlights include her Minnesota Orchestra and Pittsburgh Symphony debuts and performances with the Buffalo Philharmonic and Milwaukee Symphony. She also performs Anna Clyne’s violin concerto, a work composed for Koh, with the Princeton Symphony. Koh is artistic director of MusicBridge, a non-profit organization she founded to foster and promote collaborations between artists of diverse disciplines and styles
Hailed by The New York Times as “an interpretive dynamo,” conductor and cellist Eric Jacobsen has built a reputation for engaging audiences with innovative and collaborative projects. As co-founder and artistic director of the adventurous orchestra the Knights and a founding member of the genre-defying string quartet Brooklyn Rider, Jacobsen, along with his brother, violinist Colin Jacobsen, was awarded a prestigious United States Artists Fellowship in 2012. In the 2015-16 season, Jacobsen celebrated his inagural season as music director of the Orlando Philharmonic and his second season as both music director of the Greater Bridgeport Symphony and artistic partner with the Northwest Sinfonietta.
Jacobsen founded the Knights with his brother, Colin, to foster the intimacy and camaraderie of chamber music on the orchestral stage; as The New Yorker reports, “few ensembles are as adept at mixing old music with new as the dynamic young Brooklyn orchestra.” As music director, Jacobsen has led the “consistently inventive, infectiously engaged indie ensemble” (The New York Times) at venues ranging from Carnegie Hall to the Ojai Music Festival and international hot spots such as the Dresden Musikfestspiele and Cologne Philharmonie. Recent collaborators include cellists Yo-Yo Ma and Jan Vogler, violinists Itzhak Perlman and Gil Shaham and soprano Dawn Upshaw.
Under Jacobsen’s baton, the Knights have an extensive recording collection that includes the ground beneath our feet, the ensemble’s first release for Warner Classics. Most recently, a collaboration with Gil Shaham for Prokofiev Violin Concerto No. 2 was released. The Knights previously issued three albums for Sony Classical: Jan Vogler and The Knights Experience: Live from New York, New Worlds and an all-Beethoven album partnering the Triple Concerto and Fifth Symphony. The group released the “smartly programmed,” (NPR) A Second in Silence on the Ancalagon label. We Are The Knights, a documentary film produced by Thirteen/WNET, premiered in September 2011.
A dedicated chamber musician, Jacobsen is a member of Yo-Yo Ma’s venerated Silk Road Ensemble and as a founding member of Brooklyn Rider, he has taken part in a wealth of world premieres and toured extensively in North America and Europe.