Beethoven & Scheherazade

November 14 | 8:00 PM | Michigan Theater

Behind the Music

Transcending culture, place, and time, storytelling has woven its way throughout human history. In many of humanity’s greatest stories, and even in our own personal lives, fate is a recurring theme. In this program we’ll explore this further. Beginning with Carlos Simon’s Fate Now Conquers, we’ll hear a modern dialogue with Beethoven’s symphonies. Following this, we’ll turn to Beethoven himself, a man obsessed with the motif of “fate knocking at the door”. We conclude with Rimsky-Korsakoff’s symphonic suite, Scheherazade, a musical representation of a bride and her 1,001 life-saving stories. 


SIMON Fate Now Conquers

BEETHOVEN Violin Concerto


Aaron Berofsky, violin

Lina Gonzalez-Granados, conductor

Aaron Berofsky, Violin


Violinist Aaron Berofsky has toured extensively throughout the United States and abroad, gaining wide recognition as a soloist and chamber musician. As soloist, he has performed with orchestras in the United States, Germany, Italy, Spain and Canada. He has performed the complete cycle of Mozart violin sonatas at the International Festival Deia in Spain and all of the Beethoven sonatas at New York’s Merkin Concert Hall.  His 2011 recording of the complete Beethoven sonatas with Phillip Bush has been met with great acclaim.

France’s Le Figaro calls his playing “Beautiful, the kind of music-making that gives one true pleasure”.  He has appeared in such renowned venues as Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall, the 92nd Street Y, the Corcoran Gallery, Het Doelen, L’Octogone, Seoul National University, the Teatro San Jose and the Museo de Bellas Artes. Mr. Berofsky has been featured on NPR’s Performance Today and on the Canadian Broadcasting Company. His acclaimed recordings can be found on the Sony, Naxos, New Albion, ECM, Audio Ideas, Blue Griffin and Chesky labels.  Recent recital tours have taken him to Germany, Italy and Korea, and he was featured soloist on the 2009 NAXOS recording of music by Paul Fetler, performed by the Ann Arbor Symphony, including the debut recording of his Concerto No. 2.  His recording of the complete chamber music of Franz Xavier Mozart was released in 2013 on Equilibrium.

Mr. Berofsky was the first violinist of the Chester String Quartet for fifteen years. The quartet has been acclaimed as “one of the country’s best young string quartets” by the Boston Globe. Tours have taken them throughout the Americas and Europe and the quartet members have collaborated with such artists as Robert Mann, Arnold Steinhardt, Franco Gulli, members of the Alban Berg quartet, Andres Diaz, Eugene Istomin and Ruth Laredo. Some notable projects over the years have included the complete cycles of the quartets by Beethoven and Dvorak, and numerous recordings by such composers as Mozart, Haydn, Barber, Porter, Piston, Kernis and Tenenbom. The Chester Quartet has served as resident quartet at the University of Michigan and at Indiana University South Bend.

An alumnus of the Juilliard School, Mr. Berofsky was a scholarship student of Dorothy DeLay. Other important teachers have included Robert Mann, Felix Galimir, Glenn Dicterow, Lorand Fenyves and Elaine Richey. Mr. Berofsky is known for his commitment to teaching and is Professor of Violin at the University of Michigan and served as visiting Professor at the Hochschule fur Musik in Detmold, Germany. He taught at the Meadowmount School of Music for many summers and is currently on the violin faculty of the Chautauqua Institution.  He has also given masterclasses throughout the world, including a 2013 tour of Korea which included classes at Seoul National University, Ewha Women’s University, Seoul Arts High School and many others.  He has also given class at the Cleveland Institute, Oberlin, Eastman, the Peter de Grote festival in the Netherlands, Domaine Forget in Quebec, Interlochen, the Adriatic Chamber Music Festival and the Conservatorio Palma Mallorca.

Mr. Berofsky’s interest in early music led him to perform with the acclaimed chamber orchestra Tafelmusik on period instruments, also makingseveral recordings with them for the Sony label.  He co-runs University of Michigan’s Baroque Chamber Orchestra with harpsichordist Joseph Gascho.  With a strong dedication to new music as well, he has worked extensively with many leading composers of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, performing, commissioning and recording music by John Cage, William Bolcom, Zhou Long, Michael Daugherty, Aaron Jay Kernis, Susan Botti, Morton Subotnick, Paul Fetler and Bright Sheng.

Aaron Berofsky has been concertmaster of the Ann Arbor Symphony since 2003.   He has also served as guest concertmaster for many orchestras throughout the US and Europe.

Lina Gonzalez-granados,  Conductor


Lina González-Granados has firmly established herself as a talented conductor of opera and symphonic repertoire. Winner of the Fourth Chicago Symphony Orchestra Sir Georg Solti International Conducting Competition, Lina Gonzalez-Granados will become the new Solti Conducting Apprentice under the guidance of Maestro Riccardo Muti. In 2019, she started her new appointments as Conducting Fellow of the Philadelphia Orchestra and Seattle Symphony, and between 2017-19 Lina also served as the Taki Concordia Fellow, a prestigious position created by maestro Marin Alsop to foster the entrepreneurship and talent of female conductors. Recent guest appearances have included the Tulsa Opera, where Lina made history by being the first Latina conductor to lead a major production in a U.S. Opera House, as well as the San Diego Symphony and San Francisco Conservatory Orchestra. She has been the Assistant Conductor for the Chicago Symphony at the Ravinia Festival, London Philharmonic, Carnegie Hall’s National Youth Orchestra of the United States, and has worked as cover conductor of the Nashville Symphony at the invitation of Giancarlo Guerrero, working with artists such as Yefim Bronfman and Pinchas Zukerman. She has also worked as cover conductor for Zubin Mehta at the LA Philharmonic. In 2014, she founded the Unitas Ensemble, a Boston-based chamber orchestra specializing in Latin American music. Born and raised in Cali, Colombia, Lina earned her Master’s Degree from the New England Conservatory, and is pursuing her Doctoral degree in Orchestral Conducting at Boston University. González-Granados was named one of the contestants selected for La Maestra Competition (Paris), has attended the 2019 Tanglewood Conducting Seminar, Lucerne Festival Masterclass, and the Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music.

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