Gil returns to Carnegie Hall this Sunday (May 18) to reprise his celebrated rendition of Alban Berg’s Violin Concerto with the Bavarian Radio Symphony under Mariss Jansons. This season Gil is serving as Artist-in-Residence with the acclaimed orchestra. The Berg concerto is among those showcased in Gil’s “Violin Concertos of the 1930s” project, which recently yielded its first recording, 1930s Violin Concertos Vol. 1, featuring examples by Barber, Berg, Stravinsky, Britten, and Hartmann. The New York Times heralded the double album as “the first document of a major musical project” and Gramophone magazine named the set its “Editor’s Choice.” Click here for a list of upcoming performances.
Gil Shaham returns to Carnegie Hall this weekend for performance with Bavarian Radio Symphony
Gil Shaham to give European premiere of Bright Sheng’s violin concerto next week
Following his critically acclaimed performances of violin concertos of the 1930s in Austin, Washington, DC, and Los Angeles, violinist Gil Shaham returns to contemporary music next week for the European premiere of Bright Sheng’s violin concerto “Let Fly” with the BBC Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Sakari Oramo at London’s Barbican Centre. The work, which was co-commissioned by the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, the BBC Symphony Orchestra, and Singapore Symphony, was partially inspired by a poem Sheng wrote in 2010 for his then-newborn daughter, Fayfay, whose name is a homonym for “to fly” in Chinese. Gil gave the world premiere of “Let Fly” this past October when he launched the Detroit Symphony Orchestra’s 2013-14 season with Detroit Symphony music director Leonard Slatkin. Click here for a full list of Gil’s upcoming performances.
Gil Shaham releases Music to Drive Away Loiterers on April 1
Recently train stations, shopping malls, and local governments have found themselves forced to turn to classical music in their efforts to keep loiterers at bay. As the Los Angeles Times reports, “Whether it’s Handel piped into New York’s Port Authority or Tchaikovsky at a public library in London, the sound of classical music is apparently so repellent to teenagers that it sends them scurrying away like frightened mice.” When Gil heard the news he combed the catalog of his recording label, Canary Classics, to create Music to Drive Away Loiterers: the perfect compilation to deter anyone. This new CD is due for U.S. release on April 1.
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