Ehnes and Prokofiev's Romeo & Juliet

The New York Philharmonic

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Ehnes and Prokofiev's Romeo and Juliet

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Location

David Geffen Hall

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Price Range

$32-130

Duration

2 hours with intermission

Date & Times

25

Jan, 2018

Thursday, 7:30 PM

26

Jan, 2018

Friday, 2:00 PM

27

Jan, 2018

Saturday, 8:00 PM

Event Info

The Philharmonic devotes this concert to Prokofiev’s genius. His Romeo and Juliet captures the passion of Shakespeare’s timeless tragedy about warring families with music at once tender, virile, and heart-breaking — filled with the ardor of the doomed young lovers. Also, James Ehnes delivers the First Violin Concerto with displays of dazzling fireworks, dizzying glissandos, and an ethereal ending.

Program

Prokofiev

The Love for Three Oranges Suite

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Prokofiev

Violin Concerto No. 1

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Prokofiev

Selections from Romeo and Juliet

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Artists

Stéphane Denève

Conductor

Stéphane Denève

Conductor

Stephane Deneve

Conductor

Stéphane Denève is music director of the Brussels Philharmonic, principal guest conductor of The Philadelphia Orchestra, music director designate of the St. Louis Symphony, and director of the Centre for Future Orchestral Repertoire. He served as chief conductor of the Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra (SWR), from 2011 to 2016, and music director of the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, from 2005 to 2012.

He has a special affinity for the music of his native France, is a passionate advocate for new music, and is committed to inspiring the next generation of musicians and listeners as a communicator and educator, having worked regularly with young people at the Tanglewood Music Center and New World Symphony.

He is a frequent guest with orchestras such as Amsterdam’s Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Orchestra della Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, The Cleveland Orchestra, New York and Los Angeles Philharmonic orchestras, and the San Francisco, St. Louis, and Toronto symphony orchestras. Other recent appearances include the Vienna, Boston, and NHK symphony orchestras, Munich and Czech Philharmonic orchestras, and Orchestre National de France. In the field of opera, Stéphane Denève has led productions at the Glyndebourne Festival, Milan’s Teatro alla Scala, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Saito Kinen Festival, Gran Teatro de Liceu, Netherlands Opera, La Monnaie, Deutsche Oper Am Rhein, Opéra National de Paris, and The Royal Opera, Covent Garden.

As a recording artist, he has won critical acclaim for his recordings of the works of Poulenc, Debussy, Ravel, Roussel, Franck, and Honegger. He is a triple winner of the Diapason d’Or de l’année, has been shortlisted for Gramophone’s Artist of the Year Award, and has won the prize for symphonic music at the International Classical Music Awards. His most recent releases are a disc of the works of Guillaume Connesson with the Brussels Philharmonic (awarded the Diapason d’Or de l’année, Caecilia Award, and Classica magazine’s Choc of the Year), and a disc with Lucas and Arthur Jussen and Amsterdam’s Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, both for Deutsche Grammophon.

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James Ehnes

Violin

James Ehnes

Violin

James Ehnes

Violin

Violinist James Ehnes has performed in more than thirty-five countries on five continents. In addition to his solo work, he is the first violinist of the Ehnes Quartet and the artistic director of the Seattle Chamber Music Society.

This season Mr. Ehnes joins composer James Newton Howard on his Three Decades of Music for Hollywood tour; appears in recital in London, San Francisco, and Melbourne; performs in concert in North America, Europe, Australia, Hong Kong, and Seoul; tours with the Ehnes Quartet; and performs at the Seattle Chamber Music festivals. He recently premiered Aaron Jay Kernis’s Violin Concerto with the Toronto, Seattle, and Dallas symphony orchestras.

Recent CD releases include Beethoven’s complete works for violin and orchestra with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and Andrew Manze, a recording of Beethoven’s Sonatas Nos. 6 and 9 with pianist Andrew Armstrong, and Sibelius’s String Quartet, Voces intimae, and Schubert’s String Quartet No. 14, Death and the Maiden, with the Ehnes Quartet, all on the ONYX label. Mr. Ehnes’s recordings have been honored with many international awards and prizes, including a Grammy, a Gramophone, and 11 Juno awards.

He is a member of the Order of Canada, an honorary member of the Royal Academy of Music in London, and a fellow to the Royal Society of Canada; received honorary doctorates from Brandon University and the University of British Columbia; and was awarded the 2017 Royal Philharmonic Society Award in the Instrumentalist category.

Born in Brandon, Manitoba, James Ehnes began violin studies at age four, and at nine became a protégé of Canadian violinist Francis Chaplin. He studied with Sally Thomas at the Meadowmount School of Music, and from 1993 to 1997 at The Juilliard School. He plays the “Marsick” Stradivarius of 1715.

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