Classix Series: Enigma Variations
November 9 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
November 10 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Featuring Oliver Leitner, violin [Davidson Fellow]
On the Program:
CHAUSSON: Poème, op 25 (Leitner)
HAYDN: Symphony No. 49 in F minor “La passion”
ELGAR: Enigma Variations , op. 36
Violinist Oliver Leitner, former superstar concertmaster of our Youth Symphony Orchestra, returns as our celebrated Davidson Fellow, performing Chausson’s rhapsodic Poeme, an exquisite, lyrical showcase for the violin. Haydn’s Symphony No. 49 is a prime musical manifestation of the Sturm und Drang (Storm and Stress) period in Germany, a dramatic and emotive standout among classical era symphonies. Elgar’s Enigma Variations is one of classical music’s unsolved mysteries. Beginning with a haunting theme and followed by variations on it, music lovers enjoy musing over the
“enigma” that Elgar references.
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Davidson Fellow Oliver Leitner is from Reno, Nevada. He currently attends Yale University, where he studies music and engineering. Before moving to Yale, he studied violin with Carol Laube of the Reno Phil. Oliver was a featured soloist on NPR’s From the Top in 2017. He has attended music festivals and schools at Aspen, Bowdoin, California Summer Music, and the Freiburg Conservatory in Germany. He is a three-time grand prize winner of the Reno Philharmonic Youth Orchestra Concerto Competition, a winner of the Nevada solo and ensemble All-State competition in 2016, and has played in the violin section of the Reno Chamber Orchestra and the Reno Phil. An avid advocate of the benefit of music in young people’s lives he has organized fundraisers for youth groups including RPA Kids. Outside of music, he is a two-time award winner at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair for projects focused on renewable energy.