Father and son duo Stefan and Alexander Hersh of Chicago come to center stage for the DuPage Symphony's February concert, with Johannes Brahms’ sweepingly melodic, intensely concentrated Double Concerto in A minor for Violin and Cello. The piece was written for Brahms' long time but then estranged friend and collaborator, the virtuoso violinist Joseph Joachim, as a deliberate attempt to pay homage and make amends to a cherished colleague. The massive concerto is complemented by the American composer Randall Thompson's Symphony No. 2, a large-scale, brightly colorful work written in 1931. In this rhythmically engaging, melodically appealing four-movement symphony, Thompson follows a compositional path similar to that of Brahms by fusing a classical approach to form and content with elements of both nationalism and personal melodic style.
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