The Abilene Philharmonic is proud to present, Symphonic Renegades, our January Masterworks concert has arrived! Come join us on January 26, 2019 at 7:30 for an outstanding show! We could not be more excited for the incredible line up that we have prepared for you. The best winter date in Abilene is the Abilene Philharmonic, and this one is going to be extra special. Tickets are available for purchase now!
Symphonic Renegades guest stars violinist William Hagen. Hagen is 24 years old and was the third-prize winner of the 2015 Queen Elisabeth International Music Competition, making him the highest-ranking American since 1985. Hagen is from Salt Lake City, Utah and began taking violin lessons at age 4. He performed his debut with the Utah Symphony at age 9 and has not stopped since. William has been hailed as a “brilliant virtuoso…a standout” (The Dallas Morning News) with “an intellectual command of line and score, and just the right amount of power” (violinist.com). Hagen is currently enrolled at the Kronberg Academy in Germany, where he is a student of Christian Tetzlaff. He has spent his life traveling, learning, and performing all over the world, and we are honored to have William Hagen perform with the Abilene Philharmonic.
To accompany Hagen, the Abilene Philharmonic presents works by Brahms and Shostakovich. These masterpieces are revolutionary in both the compositional and in the historical sense. They expanded what could be communicated by an orchestra and showed how music can unite people for a certain cause. Both composers were born into harsh situations when it comes to art. Brahms was born in Germany and Shostakovich was born in Russia, and both received harsh feedback to their compositions, and were even threatened with death. Their music prevailed and so did they, and now these masterpieces have become world renown. The beauty in the January show will come from these pieces, and we hope the music will bring our community together, as it did theirs.
The Abilene Philharmonic would be honored to share the night with you, and for you to have the privilege of hearing William Hagen accompany the talented Abilene Philharmonic. Symphonic Renegades will be filled with outstanding music and we plan to blow you away with the show! So, make your plans now, to attend our next concert on January 26th.