Violinist Yumi-Hwang Williams set for two ‘Four Seasons’ performances featuring different composers

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Violinist Yumi Hwang-Williams is concertmaster of the Colorado Symphony.

Colorado Symphony concertmaster Yumi-Hwang Williams is the featured soloist on two upcoming programs that feature different takes on the seasons.

On Wednesday, she’ll perform Vivaldi’s warhorse “The Four Seasons” at Denver's Central Presbyterian Church with members of the Colorado Symphony.

Early next month, she performs Philip Glass’s Violin Concerto No. 2, subtitled “The American Four Seasons,” with the Pro Musica Colorado Chamber Orchestra. The concerts are set for Friday, Feb. 6, at St. John’s Cathedral in Denver and Saturday, Feb. 7, at First United Methodist in Boulder. Both concerts start at 7:30 p.m.

Glass composed his “American Four Seasons” for violinist Robert McDuffie, who told CPR Classical that he and the composer actually disagreed on which movement corresponded with each season.

Pro Musica Colorado has played other composers' answers to "The Four Seasons" at previous concerts. In April the ensemble performed Astor Piazzolla’s “Four Seasons of Buenos Aires.”