Edvard Grieg was a sickly man for whom long months of being unproductive were thankfully punctuated by periods of renewed vigor during which he enjoyed great artistic activity. For Two Elegiac Melodies, he rewrote the vocal lines of two previous pieces in the language of strings -- and the word-for-note orchestration he employed was considered a stroke of musical genius. Bedrich Smetana's symphonic poem Má Vlast Moldau is equally evocative of nature, conjuring the flow of the Vltava River from its source in the mountains of the Bohemian Forest, through the Czech countryside, to the city of Prague. Japanese violinist Aya Kiyonaga then takes the spotlight to perform Brahms' Violin Concerto, and Brahms' Hungarian Dances wraps up the concert in lively fashion. This winter concert by Dana Point Symphony at St. Edward the Confessor Catholic Church will have you looking forward to spring's arrival.