Get an early jump on spring with sweetly blossoming music from Debussy and the great “Pastoral” Symphony of Beethoven, an ode to nature. Composer Aaron Jay Kernis, known for his effervescent Air for violin, offers a new Violin Concerto, commissioned by the Seattle Symphony for James Ehnes.
Presented 1 hour prior to each performance in the S. Mark Taper Foundation Auditorium.
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Recital with James Ehnes, Aaron Jay Kernis and Seattle Symphony musicians to follow the Saturday night (Mar 18) concert. Both events free with ticket purchase.
1 hour, 39 minutes
1 hour, 30 minutes prior to performance
S. Mark Taper Foundation Auditorium - Benaroya Hall
The French conductor Ludovic Morlot has been Music Director of the Seattle Symphony since 2011. Amongst the many highlights of his tenure, the orchestra has won two Grammy Awards and gave an exhilarating performance at Carnegie Hall in 2014, as reported in the The New York Times: “The performance Mr. Morlot coaxed from his players was rich with shimmering colors and tremulous energy.”
Known for his virtuosity and probing musicianship, violinist James Ehnes has performed in over 35 countries on five continents, appearing regularly in the world’s great concert halls and with many of the most celebrated orchestras and conductors.
Cortège et Air de danse from L'enfant prodigue
Violin Concerto (U.S. Premiere)
The commission by Aaron Jay Kernis is generously supported by Patricia Tall-Takacs and Gary Takacs. James Ehnes’ performances are generously underwritten by Dana and Ned Laird through the Seattle Symphony’s Guest Artists Circle.