The Performing Arts Center will present the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra on March 25 at 3 p.m. in Hodgson Concert Hall. Guest conductor and violinist Leonidas Kavakos will lead the orchestra in a program featuring Mozart’s Symphony No. 34 and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 4. Kavakos also will perform as soloist in Mozart’s Violin Concerto No. 3. Tickets are $20-$55.
While still in his teens, Kavakos attracted international attention as a virtuoso violinist when he won the Sibelius Competition in 1985 and, three years later, the Paganini Competition.
Since then, he has performed with the world’s major orchestras, including the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, the London Symphony Orchestra, the Orchestra of the Mariinsky Theatre, the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, the New York Philharmonic Orchestra and the Boston Symphony Orchestra.
A native of Athens, Greece, Kavakos is gaining increasing recognition as a conductor. He served as artistic director of the Camerata Salzburg from 2007 to 2009 and has since conducted many of the world’s leading orchestras such as the Budapest Festival Orchestra, the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, La Scala Filharmonica and the Houston Symphony Orchestra.
Kavakos plays the 1724 “Abergavenny” Stradivarius.
Nancy Riley, a doctoral candidate in musicology at UGA, will give a pre-concert lecture at 2:15 p.m. The lecture is free and open to the public.