Violinist starts Symphony celebration 

Cerovsek to perform Brahms.

Canadian Corey Cerovsek, a world-class musician and violin virtuoso in the eyes of international music critics for the past 15 years, will help the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra celebrate the beginning of its 40th anniversary season with two concerts this weekend at Robinson Center Music Hall. Cerovsek will join the Symphony in the Stella Boyle Smith Masterworks show to perform Brahms’ soaring “Concerto for Violin in D major, Op. 77” at 8 p.m. Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday. Tickets range from $16 to $46 and are available by calling 666-1761 or at the Robinson Center box office. The Seattle Post-Intelligencer said the 33-year-old Cerovsek “is such an abundantly talented musician in every sphere that one walked away from the concert full of admiration for the depth of his musicianship, his taste and intelligence, as well as his gleaming sound and brilliant technique.” His stylistic flexibility and passionate enthusiasm have attracted the attention of the world’s leading conductors, and he has performed throughout the world, appearing regularly at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston and Italy’s Spoleto Festival. He’s been featured twice on NBC’s “Tonight Show” with Johnny Carson and Jay Leno. Cerovsek performs on the “Milanollo” Stradivarius of 1728. He has mastered the technical virtuosity and poetic language of Brahms’ only violin concerto, an audience favorite for more than a century. The ASO also will perform Belioz’ “Roman Carnival” Overture and Dvorak’s “Symphony No. 7.” Maestro David Itkin of the ASO will discuss the concert in a free lecture 45 minutes before curtain time in Room 102 of the Robinson Center.

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