Rogue Valley Symphony

Masterworks VI

Pictures at an

Date, Time, and Location

Fri, April 26, 2024

7:30 PM – Ashland

Sat, April 27, 2024

3:00 PM – Medford

Sun, April 28, 2024

3:00 PM – Grants Pass

Performance Duration

RVS Tickets Perks


LUDWIG Fanfare for Sam

CHEN La Joie de la Souffrance 

Nancy Zhou, violin

KREISLER Tambourin Chinois 

Nancy Zhou, violin

MUSSORGSKY Pictures at an Exhibition

What's Interesting About This Concert?

  • Nancy Zhou is the winner of the 2018 Shanghai Isaac Stern Violin Competition. “La Joie de la Souffrance” was the featured piece in the final round of the competition. This will be Nancy’s first time playing the concerto with an orchestra. 

  • Fusing Chinese and Western classical traditions, Qigang Chen’s works have been premiered worldwide by celebrated artists such as Yo-Yo Ma, Lang Lang, Charles Dutoit, Alan Gilbert, and Lorin Maazel.

  • “La Joie de la Souffrance” is a personal piece, filled with heart and humanity. Chen wrote and dedicated it to his 29-year-old son, Yuli, who died in a 2012 car crash in Zurich. The composer searches for and reaches a new balance in this inspiring and beautiful work.

  • Neither Viktor Hartmann, whose artwork inspired Pictures at an Exhibition, nor composer Modest Mussorgsky lived to see the work performed. Hartmann passed away at the young age of 39 in 1873, and Mussorgsky passed away before fully completing “Pictures” in 1881.

  • Fellow American composer Samuel Barber is the inspiration for RVS Composer in Residence David Ludwig’s Fanfare for Sam. Ludwig wrote the piece to honor Barber as a music educator at the Curtis Institute of Music.

  • Known as the world’s preeminent violinist in the first half of the 20th century, Fritz Kreisler was also a composer of some note. Look for romantic joy and exuberance in the highly melodic and engaging Tambourin Chinois (Chinese Drum). Kreisler composed the piece after watching Chinese street musicians perform in San Francisco in 1901.

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