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Beethoven wrote nine symphonies. Brahms wrote just four. It was Haydn who had developed the form, symphony by symphony, creating an astonishing 104 of them. His Symphony No. 91 is a prime example of Haydn at the height of his powers. You will hear how he transformed the symphonic form into declarations that begin where words end. The Symphony of Adalbert Gyrowetz demonstrates the immediate influence Haydn had on his contemporaries— even Mozart, heard here in his delightful “Turkish” Violin Concerto performed by violinist, Elizabeth Blumenstock.

GYROWETZ Symphony Op. 6, No. 3
Violin Concerto No. 5 “Turkish”
Symphony No. 91

Nicholas McGegan, conductor
Elizabeth Blumenstock, violin


Wednesday January 25, 7:30 pm | Bing Concert Hall, Stanford
Friday January 27, 8 pm | Herbst Theatre, San Francisco
Saturday January 28, 8 pm | First Presbyterian Church, Berkeley
Sunday January 29, 4 pm | Lafayette-Orinda Presbyterian Church, Lafayette

All ticket-holders are invited to join us forty-five minutes early for the Pre-concert Talk. 

For this concert, PBO welcomes John Prescott. John will examine the often interweaving styles of Mozart, Haydn, and their little-known contemporary Adalbert Gyrowetz. Learn how each artist borrowed stylistic elements from one another, and how Haydn’s symphonic form became the exemplar of the Classical period. 

John Prescott holds an M.A. and Ph.D. in musicology from U.C. Berkeley. Dr. Prescott has written extensively on the music of Handel and has taught music courses at U.C. Berkeley and music theory at Crowden School in Berkeley. He was the musicologist for the San Francisco Elderhostel Arts and Humanities Program. He is a regularly featured scholar at Philharmonia.

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Elizabeth Blumenstock


Elizabeth Blumenstock is widely admired as a performer of interpretive eloquence and technical sparkle. A frequent soloist, concertmaster, and leader with American Bach Soloists, Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra & Chorale, and the Italian ensemble Il Complesso Barocco, she is also a member of several of California’s finest period instrument ensembles, including Musica Pacifica, Ensemble Mirable, the Arcadian Academy, and Trio Galanterie. She has appeared with period orchestras and chamber ensembles throughout the United States and abroad, and has performed for the Boston and Berkeley Early Music Festivals, Germany’s Goettingen Handelfestspiel, Los Angeles Opera, the Carmel Bach Festival, the Oulunsalo Soi festival in Finland, and the San Luis Obispo Mozart Festival, among many others. Ms. Blumenstock has recorded for Harmonia Mundi, Deutsche Grammophon, Virgin Classics, Dorian, BMG, Reference Recordings, Koch International, and Sono Luminus. She is instructor of baroque violin at the University of Southern California, teaches regularly at the International Baroque Institute at Longy, has taught at the Austrian Baroque Academy, and has coached university Baroque ensembles at USC, Roosevelt University, the University of Virginia, and California Institute of the Arts.

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