The New World

Renowned violinist Marc Djokic joins us from New York City for a concert inspired by the cities and landscapes of America. This melting pot concert will feature a performance of Philip Glass’s contemporary masterpiece “The Four Seasons” and Dvôrak’s seminal 9th Symphony “The New World”.

PROGRAM

THE AMERICAN FOUR SEASONS …………………………….. Philip Glass (b. 1937)

INTERMISSION

SYMPHONY #9 “FROM THE NEW WORLD”

IN E MINOR OPUS 95 ………………………………………….. A. Dvôrak (1841-1904)

ADAGIO-ALLEGRO MOLTO

LARGO

SCHERZO

ALLEGRO CON FUOCO

PHILIP GLASS, THE AMERICAN FOUR SEASONS

Philip Glass was commissioned to compose his American Four Seasons by violinist Robert McDuffie and the Toronto Symphony Orchestra. Glass and McDuffie conceived the piece as a companion to Vivaldi’s The Four Season. Unlike Vivaldi’s work, however which indicates which movement represents each season, Glass’ work is more interpretive, allowing the listener the opportunity to decide which movement is best representative of spring, summer, Winter and Fall for them. Unlike many traditional violin concertos, The American Four Seasons contains no cadenza. Instead, the violinist plays a number of solo pieces, which serve as a prelude to the first movement and songs that introduce the remaining three. These pieces are fully realized and Glass believes that they could stand alone as concert works in future performances.

DVÔRAK SYMPHONY NO. 9 IN E MINOR

Legend has it that Dvôrak’s Symphony 9 heralded a new dawn for American Music, the product of the composer’s discovery of the spirituals and folk music of that country. In spite of this, his 9th symphony remains a late romantic work, drawing on the traditions of that period, just influenced by Dvôrak’s experiences working and teaching in New York City. With a community of themes that extend throughout the symphony it is easy to hear the influences of composers like Schumann, Beethoven and Brahms. Nevertheless, there are other ways of listening to this work. The music plays with memory, particularly in its returning themes, but there are also the larger and somewhat darker ideas of reminiscence and nostalgia. The slow movement is an unforgettable tune, but what stays with you is it’s sense of longing, perhaps mourning for something that has past.

MARC DJOKIC
VIOLIN

Winner of the Prix Goyer, the largest prize in Canada for classical music, and a Prix Opus from the Conseil québécois de la musique, Marc Djokic is one of the most prolific violinists of his generation.

As a soloist, he has performed with prestigious ensembles including the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, the National Arts Centre Orchestra, Quebec Symphony Orchestra, Kamloops Symphony (BC), PEI Symphony Orchestra, I Musici de Montréal and Ensemble Caprice. He often performs the Sibelius Violin Concerto to critical acclaim.

A highly active chamber musician, Marc Djokic has appeared in various festivals including the Park City International Music Festival in the USA and Ottawa Chamberfest, Scotia Festival of Music, Music & Beyond and Montreal Chamber Music Festival in Canada. He has collaborated with great musicians such as Beverley Johnston, James Ehnes, Charles Richard-Hamelin, Denise Djokic and Thorwald Jorgensen.

Originally from the Maritimes – Halifax, Nova Scotia, Marc Djokic first studied with his father Philippe Djokic, one of Canada’s great soloists and a pupil of the master Ivan Galamian. He continued his studies on full scholarships with David Russell at Cleveland Institute of Music’s Young Artist Program, Donald Weilerstein at the New England Conservatory, and Jaime Laredo at Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music.

From 2015 to 2017 the classical music channel NONCERTO produced more than 45 music videos featuring Marc Djokic and his collaborations in unique locations across Canada, reaching viewers from over 100 countries. This multi-year project aims to promote classical music through new media in Canada and beyond. These videos can be found on Youtube and Vimeo.

From BC Contact to Jeunesses Musicales and Debut Atlantic, Marc Djokic has toured several times throughout Canada, and was a winner of the Canada Council’s Instrument Bank as well as several other grants. With the support of Canada Council for the Arts, the Ontario Arts Council and Mécénat Musica, Marc has commissioned Canadian compositions for solo violin, string trio, marimba and violin, and two guitars and violin.

Marc Djokic’s first solo CD will be released on the ATMA Classique label in 2018.