Brahms’ First Symphony



7:30 PM


After the year we’ve all had it’s time to celebrate overcoming obstacles together, come join us for our season opener featuring the works of these great composers who have overcome their own trials. The JSO is also thrilled to partner with the Kosciuszko Foundation for the Wieniawski Violin Competition. The competition winner, Clara Saitkoulov will be joining the JSO to perform Tchaikovsky’s world-renowned Violin Concerto. Don’t miss out on a chance to hear classical music’s next superstar!

Join us for a free, interactive lecture before the concert.


Samuel Coleridge-Taylor
Ballade, op.33, A minor (1898)
Of mixed race birth, Coleridge-Taylor achieved such success that he was referred to by white New York musicians as the “African Mahler” when he had three tours of the United States in the early 1900s. He was particularly known for his three cantatas on the epic poem, Song of Hiawatha by American Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. Coleridge-Taylor premiered the first section in 1898, when he was 22.

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Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Violin Concerto op.35, TH 59, D major (1878)
Clara Saitkoulov, violin
The Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 35 was the only concerto for violin composed by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky in 1878 and is one of the best-known violin concertos. The concerto is scored for solo violin, two flutes, two oboes, two clarinets in A and B-flat, two bassoons, four horns in F, two trumpets in D, timpani and strings.

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Johannes Brahms
Symphony No.1 in C minor, Op. 68 (1876)
The Symphony No. 1 in C minor, Op. 68, is a symphony written by Johannes Brahms. Brahms spent at least fourteen years completing this work, whose sketches date from 1854. Brahms himself declared that the symphony, from sketches to finishing touches, took 21 years, from 1855 to 1876. The premiere of this symphony, conducted by the composer’s friend Felix Otto Dessoff, occurred on 4 November 1876, in Karlsruhe, then in the Grand Duchy of Baden. A typical performance lasts between 45 and 50 minutes.

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clara saitkoulov


Born in Paris in 1999, Clara Saitkoulov started her musical training at age 6. After completing her studies at the National Superior Conservatory in Paris and the University of Performing Arts in Munich, she entered Rice University in Houston, Texas, where she currently studies with Prof. Cho-Liang Lin.

Clara has performed as a soloist and in chamber music since age 11 in France, Italy, Switzerland, Germany, Israel, Russia, the United States, Australia and the United Arab Emirates. She is a guest of various festivals and has performed in prestigious venues such as the Tel Aviv Opera, the Salle Gaveau and the Philharmonie in Paris, Carnegie Hall in New York City, to name a few.

Clara has performed as a soloist with the Tauride Palace Symphony Orchestra, the St. Petersburg Children’s Philharmonie, the Ensemble Ponticelli (Paris) and the Eastern Music Festival Orchestra (North Carolina, United States).

She plays in different chamber music ensembles, and regularly in a piano trio with Roustem Saitkoulov, piano and Claire Oppert, cello. In 2015, the Saitkoulov Trio recorded a first CD dedicated to the great romantic trios and was awarded the 1st Prize for the best musical recording of the year (CIMES competition, Slovenia).

Ms. Saitkoulov is the 1st Prize Winner and Special Prize Winner of the Kosciuszko Foundation Wieniawski Violin Competition in New York City, Gold Medalist at the Manhattan International Music Competition, 2nd Prize Winner at the New York International Artists Association and Winner of the Eastern Music Festival Competition.

Ms. Saitkoulov took part in masterclasses and received the support from the esteemed violinists Maxim Vengerov, Kirill Troussov, Netanel Draiblate, Chaim Taub, Vadim Gluzman, Hagai Shaham and Patinca Kopec.

Please note: Currently the Potter Center is requiring masks for all visitors, including those who have been vaccinated. To continue holding our events at this venue we will be following their rules. Events taking place at Weatherwax Hall will require masks only for people who have not been vaccinated.