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A tumultuous symphony and a poignant violin concerto for the BPO

Another historic violin is heading our way, in the hands of the up-and-coming violin star Mayuko Kamio. Kamio is the current keeper of the “Sennhauser,” a Guarneri dating from 1735, on loan from the Stradivarius Society of Chicago, and will be performing Mozart’s Violin Concerto No. 5. Wistful and beautiful in that peculiar Mozartean way, the concerto is nicknamed the “Turkish” because of the flashy trio at the center of its courtly concluding rondo.

Born in Japan, Kamio has appeared before at the BPO and has earned enthusiastic ovations. One smoldering summer night in 2014, she and the Sennhauser drove the crowd wild with the music of Ralph Vaughan Williams and Pablo de Sarasate. Signs point to a lovely take on the Mozart concerto. Though Mozart wrote it as a teenager, it is one of the hallmarks of the classical repertoire.

JoAnn Falletta, the BPO’s music director, conducts the concert, which culminates in Mahler’s Symphony No. 5 in D Minor. Novices might know Mahler’s Fifth for its Adagietto – it’s probably Mahler’s most famous piece of music, and was heard in the movie “Death in Venice.” In its entirety, the symphony is a tumultuous adventure, from the opening trumpet call to the finale – a rondo – which ends in the exultant major key.

The concert takes place at 8 p.m. Saturday and 2:30 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $39.50-$89.50.

A Mother’s Day brunch catered by Oliver’s is being offered at extra cost in the Mary Seaton Room before the May 8 concert. Lunch and concert together is $90 for adults or $60 for attendees who already have concert tickets.

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– Mary Kunz Goldman