As a young classical musician, Elena Urioste said she feels a responsibility to communicate her passion for the music and her belief in its value to audiences of all types.

As a young classical musician, Elena Urioste said she feels a responsibility to communicate her passion for the music and her belief in its value to audiences of all types.

The violinist will perform Tchaikovsky's "Violin Concerto in D major" with the Columbus Symphony Orchestra as part of this weekend's Russian Winter Festival, which also features music by Prokofiev and Stravinsky.

"I am desperate to convey my excitement and gratitude to future generations of potential music-lovers," Urioste said. "So yes, it is vitally important to spread classical music and all the good it is capable of bringing into the world to as many people as possible."

Artists, Urioste said, are not only responsible for sharing their art but also participating in the broader social dialogue via their art.

"Communicating with people on such a deeply visceral level - regardless of language, age, race, political affiliation or socio-economic circumstance - is not only an honor but a necessity, especially now in this time of global chaos and unspeakably poor decision-making," she said. "How anyone who cares about music or art or the exchange of creative ideas or people as individuals or intellectual curiosity could possibly understand or abide the outcome of not only our country's election but the many parallel situations that have happened recently [and] are happening currently worldwide is beyond me."

"There are actions that absolutely everyone can take at times like these that require no artistic background," Urioste continued, "like calling your representatives, boycotting organizations that are openly intolerant, etc. We can all be more patient with each other and try actively to understand those with opposing viewpoints, though for me, personally, it's tough to listen to those who have accepted, encouraged and ultimately enabled racist, misogynistic, predatory behavior. I know that my friends and I are doing everything in our collective power to try and bring people a little bit closer to one another."

The piece Urioste is performing with the CSO provides ample opportunity for communication. "The Tchaikovsky 'Violin Concerto' could not be more generous in terms of what it gives, emotionally, to the audience," she said. "This music is all-in, vibrant and delicious. It has a tendency to veer towards overwrought, but I enjoy exploring a freshness and buoyancy in the concerto that highlights the balletic nature of many of Tchaikovsky's works."