Hear a work that has been called “one of the most towering symphonic structures” ever written and another an early critic claimed “stinks to the ear” as the Fox Valley Orchestra performs a pair of Tchaikovsky pieces at Batavia Fine Arts Centre. Written for his “best” friend (and patroness), Nadezhda von Meck, Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 4 stands among his most recognizable. His Violin Concerto in D major however, even with all of its “freshness” and “lightness” (in the composer’s own words), took a bit longer to catch on with most – including the previously mentioned detractor. But time has been kind and the once-maligned work now enjoys favor as a hopeful ode to brighter days.