Masterworks Series 

Brahms’ Second

Saturday February 17 at 8:00pm

Old Cabell Hall

Sunday February 18 at 3:30pm

*Monticello High School*

Benjamin Rous, Conductor

Rachel Duncan, Trumpet


SHIELDS  Ricercar

HAYDN  Trumpet Concerto in E-flat Major, Hob. VIIe:1

BRAHMS  Symphony No. 2 in D Major, Op. 73

The February 17 concert is sponsored by McGuireWoods LLP.

Rachel Duncan’s appearance is underwritten by the Angus Macaulay Visiting Artists Fund.

The 2017-18 season is made possible in part by a major gift from The Joseph and Robert Cornell Memorial Foundation.

About the Program

Notoriously wracked by self-doubt, Brahms took fifteen years to write his first Symphony. After it met with overwhelming success, he composed his second in less than a year. The Second Symphony is the most overtly optimistic of all of Brahms’ symphonies, full of warmth and the pastoral charm of the quiet lakeside town where he crafted it. Here, it is paired with Haydn’s nimble Trumpet Concerto, performed by Principal Trumpet Rachel Duncan, and Ricercar, a work by up-and-coming American composer Nathan Shields.

Program notes available on February 9, 2018.


Join UVA Associate Professor of Music Richard Will for a Pre-Concert Lecture on Saturday, February 17 at 7:15pm in the Minor Hall Auditorium.

The Symphony is pleased to offer online recordings of Professor Will’s Saturday lectures free of charge. All Sunday ticket holders will receive an email at 6am on Sunday, February 18 with a link to the lecture recording.

For more information about Pre-Concert Lectures, including directions and an archive of all lecture recordings, click here.


For information about seating sections and ticket policies, please click here.


PLEASE NOTE: the Sunday, February 18 concert will be held at Monticello High School.

For information about the venues, directions, parking and accessibility, click here.


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