OKC Philharmonic’s Glass/Zappa/ Dvořák program, with violinist Jennifer Koh

Posted on: January 8, 2020

“Violinist Jennifer Koh … will perform on Saturday her third concert since 2013 with the Oklahoma City Philharmonic,” writes Brandy McDonnell in Sunday’s (1/5) Oklahoman (Oklahoma City). “With the theme ‘Minimalism in a New World,’ Saturday’s … concert will match [Philip] Glass’ first violin concerto with fellow American composer … Frank Zappa’s ‘The Dog Breath Variations,’ which draw inspiration from jazz, blues and rock, with Antonín Dvořák’s Symphony No. 8…. OKC Philharmonic Music Director Alexander Mickelthwate said [Dvořák] … ‘was giving this old voice, the traditional European voice, to America, this young country…. For me, that’s when America grew into its own.’ … In her 2013 and 2017 appearances with the Oklahoma City Philharmonic, Koh performed American composer Samuel Barber’s 1939 Violin Concerto…. Koh forged her connection with Glass in 2012, when she was a featured performer in the revival his seminal 1970s opera ‘Einstein on the Beach,’ in which she played violin and portrayed genius physicist Albert Einstein…. The Grammy-nominated violinist said, … ‘I really find there to be an emotionality and emotional core to [Glass’s Violin Concerto No. 1].… ‘There’s a kind of ecstasy that’s in it. It’s really a moving piece.’ ”