Symphonicity Captures the Musical Spirit of Austria in “Destinations” Concert, Nov. 18 at the Sandler Center for Performing Arts

Violinist Annika Jenkins Returns to Her Hometown Stage as Concert Soloist

(Virginia Beach, Nov. 8, 2018) – Austria, home of mountains, meadows and Mozart, will take center stage when Symphonicity presents the second concert in its travel-themed Masterworks series, “Destinations: Your Passport to Great Music,” Nov. 18 at 3 p.m. at the Sandler Center for the Performing Arts.

Under the direction of Symphonicity Music Director and Conductor Daniel W. Boothe, the orchestra will perform selections by Ludwig van Beethoven, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Franz Schubert. Violinist and Juilliard graduate Annika Jenkins will be a featured soloist.

Austria’s capital city, Vienna, has long been a popular destination for classical music lovers. Both visiting and native composers made a name for themselves amid the city’s rich musical scene, including those to be featured on stage this month.

The performance will open with Beethoven’s “Wellington’s Victory,” first presented in 1813 in Vienna. The patriotic composition depicts the Duke of Wellington’s victory over Joseph Bonaparte at the Battle of Vitoria in Spain the same year. Symphonicity will deliver a rarely staged version of the piece as Beethoven intended, with the orchestra divided into British and French sides. It is sometimes called “The Battle Symphony” or “The Battle of Vitoria,” and audiences will recognize the tune of “God Save the King” woven into the music.

Mozart’s Concerto No. 3 will follow, with Jenkins as the featured violinist. Perhaps Austria’s most celebrated resident, Mozart was born in Salzburg and produced most of his important symphonies, concertos and operas while living in Vienna. He composed Violin Concerto No. 3 in Salzburg when he was just 19 years old.

Jenkins, a celebrated musician who has performed in the U.S. and Europe, returns to the scene of her own musical roots. Originally from Virginia Beach, she made news at age 10 when she urged Virginia Beach City Council members to build the proposed Sandler Center of the Performing Arts. Jenkins was invited to participate at the facility’s groundbreaking in 2005, and played her violin as a Symphonicity concert soloist in 2011. She holds a Bachelor of Music with Academic Honors from the Juilliard-Columbia Exchange Program and is pursuing a Master’s degree in International Relations at Harvard University.

Following intermission, Symphonicity will perform the only two movements of Schubert’s Symphony No. 8, composed by the musician in his hometown of Vienna in 1822. Why he didn’t complete the composition before he died six years later is unknown. The “Unfinished Symphony” was performed for the first time in 1865 in Vienna, and it remains one of Schubert’s more popular works.

On Nov. 18, audience members are invited to arrive at the Sandler Center of the Performing Arts at 2 p.m. to enjoy pre-show experiences including Austrian-themed landscapes courtesy of The Artists Gallery in Virginia Beach, music by the Accordion Lovers of Virginia Club and a presentation by Maestro Boothe at 2:30 p.m. Single tickets range from $27 to $50 and may be purchased at Military, group and student tickets are available for as low as $10 by calling the Sandler Center Box Office at (757) 385-2787. For additional concert details, please call Symphonicity at (757) 671-8611.

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