I’m en route to Chattanooga today to attend a concert on Thursday, 3/2/2017 of my wife, violinist Holly Mulcahy, performing Jim Stephenson’s Tributes violin concerto with the Chattanooga Symphony.
It’s a fabulous work that was premiered in 2012 by Jennifer Frautschi with the Minnesota Orchestra. This will be the concerto’s second performance and Holly gave an invite-only sneak peek of the piano reduction version of the work here in Chicago with pianist Tim Hink about a month ago for an audience of 45. A few weeks later, the duo performed excerpts from the work at a pair of events at one of Chattanooga’s fashionable wine bars, the Chattanooga Tasting Club.
Holly wrote an article for her blog, Neo Classical, about what makes the work special and regardless if you’re planning to attend, it’s worth the read if for no other reason than leaning the story behind the concerto’s amazing second movement.
If you live in the area (Atlanta, Nashville and Birmingham are only 1h 45 min to 2h away by car), you should get a ticket to experience the concerto first-hand and if you can set aside the time, get there early for Jim Stephenson’s pre-concert talk and the after concert event to meet Holly, Jim and a number of the CSO’s musicians…and be sure to reach out and say hello!