Denver audiences are in for a treat this weekend. Colorado Symphony concertmaster Yumi Hwang-Williams and guest cellist Wendy Sutter will give the Colorado premiere of Philip Glass’ Double Concerto for Violin and Cello. And this Friday night at 7:30, CPR Classical brings you the live broadcast of this very performance from Boettcher Concert Hall.
Written just four years ago, the concerto strays from the usual model of a concerto with one soloist as “hero.” Instead, there are two soloists, performing with orchestra and, in a series of four duets surrounding these movments, without the orchestra.
According to Sutter, who has given premiers of this new work with orchestras around the world, preparing for a concerto with two soloists demands unusual collaboration. "It's definitely teamwork," Sutter says. "Hopefully you don't find yourself on stage with somebody you don't agree with musically. That's really hard. Then you just become the greatest actress in the world and pretend like you're musically connected to that person."
Luckily, there is plenty of musical connection between Sutter and Hwang-Williams. They attended the Curtis Institute of Music together and, though they now live in different cities, have stayed in touch.
"Wendy is such an expressive, passionate player," Hwang-Williams says, adding the most exciting thing about performing the regional premier this weekend is "the collaboration, feeding off each other, feeding off the orchestra and the driving pulse."
Both musicians stopped by our Performance Recording Studio this week. Click the audio above to hear their conversation with CPR Classical’s Jean Inaba.