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Orchestras bring Bombay to Sioux Falls, Johannesburg to St. Paul, and Joachim to Duluth

Joseph Joachim was good friends with Johannes Brahms.

March 16, 2022

This weekend, three regional orchestras stretch to embrace new sounds and revisit old traditions.

In Sioux Falls, the South Dakota Symphony welcomes Bombay-born tabla virtuoso Zakir Hussain to perform his tabla concerto Peshkar. Also, the concert will feature a world premiere from Syrian-American composer Malek Jandali and Tchaikovsky’s Fifth Symphony.

In St. Paul, the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra welcomes South African cellist Abel Selaocoe, who is now enjoying an incredible career based in England. His program, “Where’s my Refuge?,” explores his musical roots in Africa mixing effortlessly with European classical traditions. Watching him play, improvise and sing is pure joy. Some performances are already sold out, but you can stream live on Saturday for free. Until then, here’s a sneak preview for your amazement

In Duluth, the Duluth-Superior Symphony sticks with the timeless masterpieces, Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony and Brahms’ Violin Concerto. But the Brahms comes with a time-traveling twist, it’ll be performed on the very same violin that was used in the first performance! It’s a Stradivarius that was owned by Brahms’ friend Joseph Joachim, for whom the concerto was composed. In Duluth, rising star violinist Geneva Lewis, a student at the New England Conservatory which now owns the “Joachim Strad,” will perform the concerto. Here’s what it looked like when NEC got the instrument – the ultimate “unboxing video.”