Gil brings “Violin Concertos of the 1930s” to San Francisco and Kansas City

Alban Berg Recognized as “one of the most imaginative programming concepts in years” (Musical America), Gil’s long-term exploration of iconic “Violin Concertos of the 1930s” was conceived when he realized how many outstanding 20th-century violin concertos derived from that fateful decade.  On May 31-June 2, Gil revisits Alban Berg’s Violin Concerto (“To the Memory of an Angel”), a work written shortly before the composer death in 1935 with the Kansas City Symphony under its music director Michael Stern. Several weeks later, Gil returns to the San Francisco Symphony (June 18-20) and performs Stravinsky’s Violin Concerto of 1931, a prime example of the legendary Russian’s neoclassical writing, which Balanchine would later use as the score for two ballets. These concerts are yet another chapter in Gil’s rich association with San Francisco Symphony Music Director Michael Tilson Thomas, one that spans more than two decades of collaboration and will continue this summer when the two team up on the Sibelius Violin Concerto at the Hollywood Bowl (July 11).