Chicago Philharmonic Finishes 2016-17 With Compilation of Masterpieces and New Works, 4/9

The final concert in Chicago Philharmonic’s 2016-2017 season explores the infinite diversity of love in all its forms. With guest conductor Gerhardt Zimmermann, Paths of Passion features the technical and lyrical mastery of Robert Hanford in both Frank Waxman’s Carmen Fantasy and Dvorak’s Romance in F Minor in a breathtaking display of violin virtuosity. New World, the symphony that Neil Armstrong reportedly took with him during his successful Apollo 11 mission to the moon, explores patriotic devotion and Zimmermann presents his own labor of love: an intricate transcription of Shostakovich’s String Quartet No. 7 for chamber symphony.

Richie Hofmann, award-winning poet, author and performer, will present his own passionate poetry. Also featured in Dvorak’s Symphony No. 9 are five young Chicago area musicians from the Birch Creek Symphony Program, a summer music academy in Door County, as part of our spotlight mentoring program.

This multi-faceted, collaborative event is an excellent finale to the Chicago Philharmonic’s season.

Paths of Passion
Sunday, April 9, 2017, 3 pm
Pick-Staiger Hall
50 Arts Circle Drive, Evanston

Shostakovich/Zimmermann Chamber Symphony in F# Minor (after String Quartet No. 7)
Dvorak Romance in F Minor
Waxman Carmen Fantasy
Dvorak Symphony No. 9 in E Minor (New World)

Gerhardt Zimmermann conductor
Robert Hanford violin
Richie Hofmann poet and performer
Members of the Dover Quartet Residency Program
at the Bienen School of Music, Northwestern Next! Foyer Music

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Gerhardt Zimmermann, conductor, begins his 36th year as Music Director and Conductor of the Canton Symphony Orchestra. His energetic and vibrant performances have drawn invitations to appear on the podium with the Cleveland, Chicago, National, Pittsburgh, Atlanta, New Jersey, Syracuse, Rochester, and San Antonio Symphonies. Other guest appearances include the Warsaw Philharmonic, the OrchestreSymphonique de Paris, the Toronto Symphony, the Calgary Philharmonic, Tulsa Symphony, Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra, Chicago’s Grant Park Music Festival, and the Colorado Philharmonic. As comfortable with opera as on the concert stage, the Maestro has conducted staged works of Mozart, Verdi, Strauss Jr, Puccini, and Gershwin.

In 2006, Zimmermann was named Director of Orchestral Activities at The University of Texas, at Austin. Zimmermann served as the Music Director and Conductor of the North Carolina Symphony for 21 seasons from 1982-2002 and Conductor Laureate from 2002-2007. He also served as Music Director and Principal Conductor of the Breckenridge Music Festival from 1993-2014.

Born in Ohio, Gerhardt and his wife Sharon, have two children, Anna Marie and Peter Karl Irum, and have five grandchildren.

Robert Hanford, violin, concertmaster of the Lyric Opera of Chicago and frequently serves as concertmaster of the Chicago Philharmonic. In the summers, he serves as a concertmaster at the Aspen Music Festival. Previously, Mr. Hanford was the Associate Principal Second Violinist of the Minnesota Orchestra, a member of the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, and a member of Chicago’s Grant Park Symphony. He has appeared as a soloist on many occasions with the Chicago Philharmonic, Minnesota Orchestra, the Milwaukee Symphony, and other Midwestern orchestras. He has performed with numerous chamber ensembles, most recently as a member of the Rembrandt Chamber Players. Mr. Hanford attended Northwestern University and is currently on their faculty as a violin instructor. He graduated with first prize from the Orpheus Conservatory in Athens, Greece. For many summers, he was concertmaster and violin instructor at the Birch Creek Music Festival in Wisconsin and performed and taught at the MidAmerica Chamber Music Festival, the Milwaukee Chamber Music Festival, and the Roycroft Chamber Music Festival.