REVIEW: ProMusica director sees intuitive links between symphony, concerto

“For those who can’t connect the dots between the pieces featured in the latest program from ProMusica Chamber Orchestra, don’t worry.

This weekend, the orchestra will perform Ludwig van Beethoven’s Symphony No. 3 and Dmitri Shostakovich’s Cello Concerto No. 1 — two works with no obvious connection.

The composers hail from different parts of the globe (Beethoven was born in Germany; Shostakovich, in Russia), and these particular pieces are separated by more than 150 years (Symphony No. 3 debuted in 1805; Cello Concerto No. 1, in 1959).

Yet, for ProMusica Music Director David Danzmayr, the pairing makes sense.

“I can’t even tell exactly why,” said Danzmayr, who will conduct the concerts at Worthington United Methodist Church on Saturday and the Southern Theatre on Sunday. “I think it must have something to do with the structure and the similarities and also the contrasts.””

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