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ABOUT THE CONCERT
Two works with deep connections to the cessation of war comprise our fall concert. The Violin Concerto of Erich von Korngold was written following the fall of Nazi Germany. Korngold had been creating film music in Hollywood, and vowed not to write for the classical concert hall until he could do so in freedom. His concerto is full of exuberance, and uses material written for earlier movie scores.
Between the two world wars, Europe was uneasy. The 1914-18 war had been labeled as “the war to end all wars” but it was clear that this was not a peace that would last. The English composer Ralph Vaughan Williams turned to the poetry of American writer Walt Whitman in an appeal against the senselessness of war. Chorus and Orchestra join to present this anguished and beautiful work, so particularly appropriate around Remembrance Day.
A former member of the St. Louis, Toronto and Boston Symphony Orchestras and founding concertmaster of the Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra, violinist Nancy DiNovo is comfortable in styles ranging from period to contemporary. Her playing has been described as “stunning – a superlative mix of virtuosity and earthy vigour” (Victoria Times Colonist), and “simply astonishing……her sheer joy of revelling in the music left me dazzled.” (Hamilton Spectator- Brott Festival, June, 2015)
In a career spanning decades, Nancy has performed in the world’s major concert halls on three continents, working with conductors such as Leonard Bernstein, Sir Colin Davis, Karel Ancerl, James Levine, Sir Neville Marriner, and Christopher Hogwood.
Her many concerto credits include the Banff and Victoria premières of the Kurt Weill Violin Concerto, and she has premièred a number of Canadian works written especially for her, including the Barnes Violin Concerto with Sir Neville Marriner conducting, Walter Buczynski’s Sonata (1975) for CBC Arts National, and Frykberg’s “Astonishing Sense….” (1998) for solo violin and tape. In 2015, she made her debut at the Brott Festival to critical acclaim.
As guest concertmaster, she has appeared with the Canadian Chamber Ensemble, Royal Winnipeg Ballet, Kitchener-Waterloo, Edmonton and Victoria Symphonies, CBC Radio Orchestra, “Music of the Night” cross-Canada tour, and Pacific Opera Victoria where she has led operas in styles ranging from period instrument Handel to Berg’s “Wozzeck”. As a Baroque violinist, she is a popular leader with several of BC’s finest choral conductors, including Lars Kaario (Laudate Singers and Capilano University) and Leroy Wiens of the Okanagan Festival Singers.
In demand as a pedagogue, Nancy has taught at Tanglewood, the Marrowstone Festival, Western Washington University, UBC, U Vic, Capilano University, and as a mentor for Boris Brott’s National Academy Orchestra .Her many recording credits include work for CBC Radio, Earsay Records, the Elektra Women’s Choir, Disney Films, and the 2010 Olympics.
The San Francisco born violinist began her studies with Raphael Spiro in Portland, Oregon. Four summers as a fellowship student at the Aspen Music Festival were followed by studies with Joseph Silverstein, Steven Staryk, and Lorand Fenyves. She holds a Master of Music Performance Degree from the University of Toronto and is grateful to the many marvelous musicians with whom she has been privileged to work.
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