SHAH SADIKOV - conductor

Steven Spooner, piano

Véronique Mathieu, violin


Adagietto (from Symphony No. 5)


Concerto for Piano and Strings (1979)

Steven Spooner, piano 


Cuatro Estaciones Porteñas

(The Four Seasons of Buenos Aires)   

/arr. by L. Desyatnikov

Véronique Mathieu, violin 

Pre-concert talk: 30 min before the concert

with Steven Spooner,  Véronique Mathieu

and Shah Sadikov 


This program will take you on a journey around the globe in 60 minutes! The celebrated Adagietto from Mahler’s 5th symphony will open the program, conducted by Shah Sadikov. Described as ‘one of the most exciting pianists of his generation’, KU faculty Steven Spooner will mesmerize you with the Kansas Premiere of Alfred Schnittke’s Concerto for Piano and Strings. To finish on a high note, KU violin professor Véronique Mathieu will perform Astor Piazzolla’s The Four Seasons of Buenos Aires – a tango-inspired composition based on Vivaldi’s famous Four Seasons. 


Adagietto – 4th Movement from Gustav Mahler's Symphony No.5


The fourth movement may be Mahler's most famous composition and is the most frequently performed of his works. The British premiere of Symphony No. 5 came 36 years after that of the Adagietto, conducted by Henry Wood at a Proms concert in 1909. It is said to represent Mahler's love song to his wife Alma. According to a letter she wrote to Willem Mengelberg, the composer left a small poem:

Steven Spooner

At the very fore of American pianists, critics and audiences have unanimously hailed the distinctive and compelling performances of pianist Steven Spooner describing him as “a pianist in the tradition that many believe died with the likes of Horowitz, Arrau, Bolet, Cziffra, and Wild. His talent, to my ears, is easily the equal of most major pianists of today and far superior to a large number of those “most exciting and dynamic pianists of their generation” (FANFARE MAGAZINE). In 2016 he released a monumental project of 16 CDs honoring his heroes of the Russian School called Dedications. This mammoth project was met with enormous critical acclaim from all over the globe.

​Véronique Mathieu

Described as a violinist with 'chops to burn, and rock solid musicianship' (The Whole Note, TORONTO), Canadian violinist Véronique Mathieu enjoys an exciting career as a soloist, chamber musician, and music educator. Recent engagements have taken her throughout Europe and Asia, and she continues to work extensively with composers. Her CD ARGOT was recently featured on a BBC series dedicated to the music of Lutoslawski, and receives frequent airplay in the US. Highlights of this season include the Canadian premiere of Marc-André Dalbavie's violin concerto with Esprit Orchestra, the release of a second solo CD, and numerous recitals throughout North America.

Shah Sadikov

Hailed by The Boston Musical Intelligencer as a 'young artist who performs with verve and highly polished virtuosity', Shah Sadikov enjoys an exciting career as a conductor, violist, and music educator. Now in his 3rd season as Music Director of the Hays Symphony Orchestra, Mr. Sadikov is also an assistant professor of upper strings and orchestra director at Fort Hays State University.

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“Anything added to Steven Spooner’s dazzling, blurry-handed sweeps of the entire piano would have been dizzying.”

“Canadian violinist Véronique Mathieu has positive mojo in spades: chops to burn, rock solid musicianship, solo and concerto gigs around the world and a doctorate in music. ”