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Symphony Syracuse plans all-Mozart concert

Times Staff Writer

A concert Saturday in Watertown by Symphony Syracuse will involve a bittersweet return for violinist Rimma Bergeron-Langlois.

“I’m so happy this is going to happen, because there was a chance it wouldn’t happen,” Ms. Bergeron-Langlois said from her Florida home.

She was associate concertmaster of Syracuse Symphony Orchestra for a short while until its demise last year. But the symphony, she said, had already scheduled four concerts (in Watertown, Olean, Jamestown and Syracuse) featuring an all-Mozart program.

Saturday’s concert in Watertown is at Trinity Episcopal Church.

“We wanted to bring it to Watertown to maintain our connection,” said Jon Garland, chairman of the board of trustees for Symphony Syracuse, an organization made up of many musicians of the former SSO. It also performed in Watertown at a holiday pops concert in December and last July it performed at the annual Fourth of July celebration at Thompson Park.

After SSO folded, Ms. Bergeron-Langlois was hired in July as concertmaster at the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra. She said she’s looking forward to her trip north.

“I’m really happy to have this opportunity to go see everyone again and work with them,” she said. “It’s overwhelming.”

In addition to her work at Syracuse Symphony, Ms. Bergeron-Langlois, a native of Kharkov, Ukraine, was concertmaster of the Verbier Festival Orchestra of Verbier, Switzerland, under the direction of James Levine. She was also the associate concertmaster of the Louisiana Philharmonic and has performed with the Detroit Symphony and the Toledo Symphony. She studied at the New England Conservatory of Music, where she received both her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in violin performance.

Saturday’s program will open with Mozart’s popular “Eine Kleine Nachtmusik” (“A Little Night Music”) and will conclude with his symphony No. 40.

“This is one of his finest concertos,” Ms. Bergeron-Langlois said. “The man was 19 years old when he wrote it. It’s pure genius.”

The Austrian Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-91) wrote several popular symphonies and operas. But his violin genius is reflected in this account from the website Classical Archives: “At the age of seven, he picked up a violin at a musical gathering and sight-read the second part of a work with complete accuracy, despite his never having had a violin lesson.”

Saturday’s concert, sponsored by the Northern New York Community Foundation, will be conducted by Daniel Hege, a Colorado native and former music director of Syracuse Symphony Orchestra.

WHAT: All-Mozart program featuring Symphony Syracuse and violinist Rimma Bergeron-LangloisWHEN/WHERE: 8 p.m. Saturday at Trinity Episcopal Church, 227 Sherman St.COST: $20 general admission, $17 for senior citizens and members of the military, and $10 for students. Advance tickets available at Watertown Chamber of Commerce, 1241 Coffeen St.
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