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Vladimir Kulenovic leads the Lake Forest Symphony (Paul Glickman)

Vladimir Kulenovic
Conducts Brahms

Oct 14, 2018 // 3:00 pm

Tuesday, Oct 16, 2018 // 7:30 pm

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Five brilliant conductors vie for the role of Music Director in the Symphony’s thrilling 2018–2019 season—and you can help choose the winner! First to take the podium is Vladimir Kulenovic, hailed as the “conductor with an uncommon passion” by the Chicago Tribune. Kulenovic conducts von Weber’s magical Overture to Der Freischütz, Brahms’ powerful Symphony No. 3, and Shostakovich’s dramatic Cello Concerto No. 1, featuring award-winning guest cellist Julian Schwarz.

C. M. von Weber

Overture to Der Freischütz (The Magic Bullet)
Hand-selected by conductor Kulenovic, this short work conjures black magic, a forest landscape, and the power of redemptive love. Learn more.


Cello Concerto No. 1 in E♭ Major
Besides being a masterwork for cello—showcasing the artistry of award-winning cellist Julian Schwarz—this concerto also features many beautiful moments for French horn. Learn more.

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Symphony No. 3 in F Major, Op. 90
Brahms was so struck with inspiration for this work that he canceled his summer plans and wrote this dramatic symphony non-stop. Learn more.

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405 W. Fourth St.
Winston-Salem, NC 27101


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Vladimir Kulenovic, conductor

Vladimir Kulenovic has been Music Director of the Lake Forest Symphony on Chicago’s North Shore and served as Associate Conductor of the Utah Symphony | Utah Opera. He also has been Resident Conductor of the Belgrade Philharmonic and Principal Conductor of the Kyoto International Music Festival in Japan. Kulenovic studied at The Juilliard School, Peabody Institute and Boston Conservatory.

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Julian Schwarz, cello

Julian Schwarz was born to a multigenerational musical family in 1991. Heralded from a young age as a cellist destined to rank among the greatest of the 21st century, Julian’s powerful tone, effortless virtuosity, and extraordinarily large color palate are hallmarks of his style.

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Program Notes

Weber’s 1821 opera, Der Freischütz, quickly became the standard that defined German Romantic Opera. Supernatural events, a rural landscape (the forest), religiosity, an alienated hero, and, above all, redemptive love are its primary ingredients. It is safe to say that without Weber’s model, the operatic achievements of Richard Wagner later in the nineteenth century would have been unthinkable. Beloved by the German people—but not to the exclusion of other nationalities—Der Freischütz is a work whose plot (based on Germanic folklore) and musical attributes were admired by not only Wagner, but also by the Frenchman Berlioz and many others.…

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Music Lovers' Luncheon

Fri, Oct 12, 2018 // 12:00 pm
Forsyth Country Club, 3101 Country Club Rd.

Enjoy a wonderful gourmet lunch served with a side of useful concert information! Join us as luncheon guests Vladimir Kulenovic and cellist Julian Schwarz discuss the week's program.

$25 per person, reservation required. Please call (336) 464-0145 or reserve via the link below:

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