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Beethoven, Brahms & Berlioz

2018-2019 Season, Masterworks

Beethoven, Brahms & Berlioz

Sep 15
7:30 PM
Sep 16
3 PM
Century II Concert Hall

featuring Violinist Kelly Hall-Tompkins

BERLIOZ Le Corsair Overture
BRAHMS Symphony No. 3
BEETHOVEN Violin Concerto
   featuring Kelly Hall-Tompkins

What's interesting about these concerts:

- After violinist Franz Clement asked Beethoven to compose a "nice violin concerto" with less than a month's notice for an upcoming performance, he cranked out his one and only work for solo violin and orchestra in just TWO WEEKS! A little more notice next time, okay, Franz?

- In addition to being an incredible violinist, Kelly Hall-Tompkins, the 2017 New Yorker of the Year and this weekend’s guest artist, runs the foundation Music Kitchen – Food for the Soul, where she takes her gift of music and brings it to homeless shelters around New York to share art with those who need it most.

- Brahms composed his Third Symphony the summer of 1883. What were you up to during your last summer vacay?

- While many composers also know how to play an instrument or two, Berlioz actually never learned how to properly play an instrument.

These performances are made possible in part by the generous support of
Betty Wood & the Late Art Wood

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Kelly Hall-Tompkins

About Violinist Kelly Hall-Tompkins

Acclaimed by the New York Times as “the versatile violinist who makes the music come alive” and for her “tonal mastery” (BBC Music Magazine) and “searing intensity” (American Record Guide), violinist Kelly Hall-Tompkins is forging a dynamic career as a soloist and chamber musician. Ms. Hall-Tompkins has appeared as soloist with orchestras including the Dallas Symphony, Oakland Symphony, Jacksonville Symphony, Tulsa Philharmonic, Chamber Orchestra of New York, and a Brevard Festival Orchestra under the baton of Keith Lockhart. For thirteen months on Broadway, Ms. Hall-Tompkins was the “Fiddler,” violin soloist for the Bartlett Sher production of Fiddler on the Roof, with numerous solos written especially for her. In 2017, Ms. Hall-Tompkins was named New Yorker of the Year for her service through a program she founded, Music Kitchen — Food for the Soul. Through this program, Ms. Hall-Tompkins brings the joy of Classical music to the homeless population of NYC. To learn more about Kelly Hall-Tompkins, visit

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