The Illinois Philharmonic Orchestra will present a concert featuring three works by Romantic-era master Johannes Brahms. Led by IPO Music Director Stilian Kirov, All Brahms will take place on Saturday, April 30 at 7:30 p.m. in the beautiful 1,100-seat Ozinga Chapel at Trinity Christian College in Palos Heights. Tickets range from $10 to $67 and are available at ipomusic.org.
Two of IPO’s leading musicians will perform as soloists for Brahms’ last ever piece for full orchestra, the Double Concerto in A minor, Op. 102. Concert master and violinist Azusa Tashiro and principal cellist Jacob Hanegan will perform the work originally premiered in 1887 by celebrated musicians Joseph Joachim (violin) and Robert Hausmann (cello).
“We are thrilled to introduce two of IPO’s incredibly dynamic members of our orchestra as soloists for Brahms’ Double Concerto,” said Illinois Philharmonic Executive Director Christina Salerno, newly appointed Executive Director of the year 2022 by the Council of Orchestras of Illinois.
In addition to the Double Concerto, IPO will present two of Brahms’ Hungarian Dances, Nos. 5 and 6, and the composer’s Symphony No. 2, remarkable for its uplifting and pastoral nature. Brahms’ most popular pieces during his lifetime and today, his Hungarian Dances, use music for Hungarian folk dance styles like the csárdás. Brahms composed only four symphonies during his career.
Chicago-based violinist Azusa Tashiro enjoys an active and diverse career as an orchestral player, chamber musician and teacher. She is concertmaster of the Illinois Philharmonic Orchestra and holds positions with the South Bend Symphony Orchestra as assistant concertmaster and the Rockford Symphony Orchestra as principal second violinist. She performed regularly with the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra and performed with the Minnesota Orchestra, Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra, Fort Wayne Philharmonic, Chicago Philharmonic, Joffrey Ballet and Civic Orchestra of Chicago where she was concertmaster during of their 2009-10 season.
Chicago-based Jacob Hanegan is the principal cellist of the Illinois Philharmonic Orchestra. He performs regularly with the Seattle Symphony Orchestra, Sarasota Orchestra, Pacific Northwest Ballet and Chicago Philharmonic. An alumnus of The New World Symphony in 2018, Hanegan spent his time there working with leading cellists and conductors from around the world under the guidance of Music Director Michael Tilson Thomas. As an opera lover, he spent two seasons performing with the Des Moines Metro Opera and was principal of the Aspen Opera Center Orchestra, Shepherd School Opera Orchestra and Eastman Opera Orchestra. He has had chamber music collaborations with members of the Cleveland Quartet and Emerson Quartet, as well as numerous contemporary music performances in Florida, Texas and New York.