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Sat, Mar 16


Elms College Veritas Auditorium

Burden of Hope

The Pioneer Valley Symphony Orchestra with violinist Kinga Augustyn

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Burden of Hope
Burden of Hope

Time & Location

Mar 16, 2024, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Elms College Veritas Auditorium, 291 Springfield St, Chicopee, MA 01013, USA

About the event

Roxanne Panufnik Abraham: Concerto for Hope Concerto for Violin and Orchestra with Kinga Augustyn

Hector Berlioz Symphonie Fantastique

Tianhui Ng, conductor

Kinga Augustyn, soloist

Concert length is approximately 1 hour 45 minutes with a brief intermission.

PVS' resident musicologist Dr. David Schneider, Georges Lurcy Professor of Music & History at Amherst College, will host a pre-concert talk at 6PM.

The PVS is honored to welcome prize-winning international soloist Dr. Kinga Augustyn for Roxanna Panufnik’s heart-rending violin concerto, which celebrates the connection between the Abrahamic faiths by weaving music from Jewish, Muslim, and Christian traditions. British-Polish Panufnik wrote this piece in consultation with faith leaders in the wake of the attacks on September 11, 2001, as a message of unity and hope out of darkness. This insightful work is paired with the epically-proportioned emotional Symphonie Fantastique from 19th century French composer Hector Berlioz, featuring extravagant orchestral colors describing the story of an artist fixated on a woman who does not return his affections. He falls into despair and addiction to cope, and paints his hallucinatory dreams through a magnificent arrangement of instrumental voices. Don't miss your chance to hear this grandiose and romantic piece, we don't often have the chance to hear four harpists and five percussionists on stage with the orchestra.

PARKING: Please see the Elms College campus map for location and parking information. Veritas Auditorium is in Berchmans Hall. Closest parking is in the Visitor and A lots.


THIS SEASON, WE ARE OFFERING CONCERT TICKETS ON A SLIDING SCALE TO HELP MAKE THE JOY OF MUSIC EQUITABLY ACCESSIBLE TO ALL. Tickets for all concerts can now be purchased at a $15-$35 scale. The seats are general admission, regardless of which you choose.

The suggested ticket price is $25. Choose a higher price to pay it forward and help us support accessibility for all. Choose a lower price for a discounted ticket, based on your financial need. Youth up to age 18 and college students of any age are still just $5.

WIC and EBT cardholders may attend PVS concerts for free through Mass Cultural Council's Card for Culture program. Contact the Box Office for more information: or (413) 773-3664. Free family tickets are available through the Museum Pass program at more than 30 local libraries! 


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