Featuring Oliver Leitner, violin [Davidson Fellow]
On the Program: CHAUSSON: Poème, op 25 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 Poème, 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.
THANK YOU TO OUR GENEROUS CONCERT SPONSORS
Guest artist Oliver Leitner is generously sponsored by the Davidson Institute for Talent Development
Chausson’s Poème is sponsored by Chris & Parky May
Elgar’s Enigma Variations is sponsored by Cecilia Lee
A MINUTE WITH THE MAESTRO
Davidson Fellow Oliver Leitner is from Reno, Nevada. He currently attends Yale University, where he studies music and bioengineering. 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 participated in the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival, Yale School of Music, in 2019, and 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, in addition to the Davidson Fellows Scholarship, he is a two-time award winner at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair for projects focused on renewable energy.