Join us on a journey starting with the Moldau River and ending with classic folk melodies by Mahler. Smetana’s Vltava is a love letter to his homeland, depicting the flow of the river from the mountains of Bohemia, through the Czech countryside to the city of Prague. Bulgarian native Bella Hristova performs her husband David Ludwig’s Violin Concerto that he wrote for her at the time of their marriage. Mahler’s Symphony No. 1 is inspired by Jean Paul Richter’s novel, Titan, and reflects themes of his life and upbringing, including irony, skepticism and an obsession with death.