Jackiw Plays Dvořák

LEANNA PRIMIANI:Neither man nor money validate my worth
ANTONÍN DVOŘÁK:Violin Concerto in A Major
WOLFGANG AMADEUS MOZARTSymphony No. 38, “Prague”

In a deeply moving new work, American composer Leanna Primiani centers the heroic stories of the survivors of human trafficking, painting a sonic landscape that emerges from tragic darkness into hope and light, and awakening our understanding of this tragic issue. Stefan Jackiw, a virtuosic musician with “talent that’s off the scale” (The Washington Post) makes his Lakes Area debut in Dvořák’s passionate and emotional Violin Concerto.

Scroll down to explore the music and discover opportunities to enhance your experience.

Featured Artists

Christian Reif
Stefan Jackiw
Violin Soloist
Thomas Reif


Explore the Music

LEANNA PRIMIANI: Neither man nor money validate my worth. (9 minutes)   READWATCH

  • American composer Leanna Primiani wrote this piece in 2022 and, in it, explores the life of a child victim of human trafficking.
  • LAMF flute player Brook Ferguson played in the world premiere performance and recommended we perform it at the Festival, saying “It starts out darkly and ends with the most luminous coda; literally darkness to light. Sometimes our biggest hero is our own inner strength and resilience.”
  • Minnesota has the 3rd highest number of human trafficking cases in the U.S.; however, Minnesota has also become a national leader in responding to and preventing human trafficking.

ANTONÍN DVOŘÁK: Violin Concerto in A Major. (32 minutes)   READWATCH

  • A “Concerto” is a piece that features a solo instrumentalist – in this case, a violin player – accompanied by an orchestra. The solo part is typically very difficult and gives the soloist a chance to show off their skills.
  • The soloist on our concert is Stefan Jackiw (Stef-AN Jack-EEV), a New York based Korean-Ukranian soloist who has performed with many of the most esteemed orchestras worldwide. He's returning to Minnesota for the first time since performing with the Minnesota Orchestra in 2019.
  • This concerto was first performed in Prague. Antonín Dvořák wrote the piece after being inspired by one of the leading violinists of the day, Joseph Joachim. However, Mr. Joachim disagreed with some of the decisions Dvořák made in writing it and never performed the piece.

WOLFGANG AMADEUS MOZART: Symphony No. 38, “Prague”. (28 minutes)  READWATCH

  • At age 31, Mozart was already famous around Europe, and this symphony received its premiere in 1787 on his first visit to Prague; hence the nickname which it is still known as today.
  • This symphony features the woodwinds (flutes, oboes, and bassoons) more prominently than in Mozart's previous works. The woodwind players of Bohemia had a stellar reputation throughout Europe, so he took advantage of the opportunity and also gave the audience in that region what they would have wanted.


Enhance Your Experience

Enjoy these opportunities to connect with the music and LAMF musicians featured on this concert. No charge and no tickets required. More information coming this summer.

  • Monday, August 12, beg. 2:15 p.m.:  Attend an Open Rehearsal. Meet a musician and watch the first rehearsal
  • Wednesday, August 14, 6:30 p.m.: Pre-Concert Talk with Christian Reif in the Gichi-ziibi Concert Hall.
  • Wednesday, August 14, post-concert: Afterglow Hang at the Northern Pacific Center

This performance is sponsored in part by Brainerd Lakes Area Community Foundation (BLACF). All LAMF activities are made possible by the voters of Minnesota through grants from the Minnesota State Arts Board and Five Wings Arts Council, thank to a legislative appropriation from the Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund.

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