Critic’s Choice

By David Fleshler

Christian Tetzlaff

The New World Symphony’s hall in Miami Beach will be the place to be this weekend, as the renowned German violinist Christian Tetzlaff performs in three concerts and Michael Tilson Thomas continues his celebrated Mahler symphony series.

Tetzlaff on Friday will perform two of Bach’s works for unaccompanied violin. He will play the Partita No. 2 in D Minor, which closes with the famous Chaconne, a long series of variations that’s one of the greatest works in the repertoire. He will also play the Sonata No. 3 in C Major, a less frequently heard work, with a fugue that pushes the violin’s limited capacity for polyphony to its limits. Also on the program is the Brahms String Quintet No. 2 in G Major.

Saturday night and Sunday afternoon, Tetzlaff will take the stage with the New World Symphony for the Brahms Violin Concerto. After that Tilson Thomas will lead the orchestra in Mahler’s Symphony No. 4, his shortest and sunniest symphony. Tilson Thomas’ Mahler performances have always come toward the end of the New World season, and so far they’ve all been among the highlights of the musical year.

For tickets, go to or call 305-673-3331.

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