Miley Cyrus has nothing on Caroline Goulding. The 17-year-old violin prodigy will grace the Boise Philharmonic's stage for its season finale Friday, May 14 and Saturday, May 15. But don't let the baby face fool you: Goulding possesses lightning-quick fingers and the furious bowing action of someone more than twice her age.
Goulding began her music career at age 3, and by 13, she had won the coveted top prize at the Aspen Music Festival's concerto competition. She has appeared with numerous orchestras, including the Cleveland Pops Orchestra and the Sinfonia Gulf Coast, and on television programs like Today and the Martha Stewart Show. The Stradivari Society of Chicago gave Goulding a violin dating back to 1617, which was owned by Beethoven's former patrons, the Lobkowicz family.
Boise Philharmonic music director Robert Franz conducts the Grammy-nominated starlet in an array of classic works. The brooding yet lively Scottish Fantasy by Bruch features harp accompaniment, while Brahms' Fourth Symphony dominates with a pounding, dramatic climax. Alexander Borodin's Overture to Prince Igor recounts a Slavic leader's battle against a Polovetsian tribe.
Come relive history through this jaw-dropping young phenom.
Friday, May 14, 8 p.m., $17-$36, Swayne Auditorium, Northwest Nazarene University campus, 623 Holly Street, Nampa, 208-459-5011, nnu.edu. Saturday, May 15, 8 p.m., $21-$65, Morrison Center, 2201 Cesar Chavez Lane, 208-426-1609, mc.boisestate.edu.