Gil Shaham to give European premiere of Bright Sheng’s violin concerto next week

Following his critically acclaimed performancesScreen Shot 2013-09-16 at 4.06.36 PM copy 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 loiterers coverhave 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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On February 25, Gil Shaham Releases 1930s Violin Concertos Vol. 1 on his Canary Classics label

Screen Shot 2014-01-16 at 3.37.31 PMSince its launch in 2009, Gil Shaham’s exploration of “Violin Concertos of the 1930s” has fostered a wealth of collaborations between the Avery Fisher Prize-winner and the foremost orchestras and conductors of three continents. The project has been recognized as “one of the most imaginative programming concepts in years” (Musical America), and Shaham’s inspired renditions of its many masterpieces are universally celebrated. Now the first installment of this monumental journey has finally been captured on disc. Recorded live with four of the world’s preeminent orchestras – the New York Philharmonic, Boston Symphony, BBC Symphony, and Staatskapelle Dresden – as well as with esteemed New-York-based chamber ensemble Sejong, the resulting 1930s Violin Concertos Vol. 1 represents a major and unparalleled artistic statement. Due for release on February 25 on the Grammy Award-winning violinist’s own independent recording label, Canary Classics, the double album presents him in live accounts of five of the decade’s most compelling concertos, with examples by Barber, Berg, and Stravinsky conducted by his frequent musical partner, David Robertson; Britten’s concerto led by Juanjo Mena; and Hartmann’s directed by Shaham himself.  Click here to download the 1930s Violin Concertos Vol. 1 on iTunes and click here to pre-order it on Amazon.

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