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 (2019–20) of the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra, and director of the Centre for Future Orchestral Repertoire (CffOR). He has previously served as chief conductor of Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra (SWR) and music director of the Royal Scottish National Orchestra.

He is a frequent guest with leading orchestras such as the New York Philharmonic, Amsterdam’s Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Orchestra della Accademia nazionale di Santa Cecilia, The Cleveland Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Orchestre national de France, Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, and the NHK, San Francisco, Toronto, and Vienna symphony orchestras. In the 2018–19 season he is leading the Brussels Philharmonic on a major US tour.

Recognized internationally for the exceptional quality of his performances and programming, Mr. Denève regularly appears at major concert venues with the world’s greatest orchestras and soloists. He has a special affinity for the music of his native France, and is a passionate advocate for music of the 21st century. A gifted communicator and educator, he is committed to inspiring the next generation of musicians and listeners, and has worked regularly with young people in programs such as those of the Tanglewood Music Center, New World Symphony, Colburn School, and Music Academy of the West.

In the field of opera, Stéphane Denève has led productions at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, as well as Glyndebourne Festival, Teatro alla Scala, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Saito Kinen Festival, Gran Teatro de Liceu, Netherlands Opera, La Monnaie, Deutsche Oper Am Rhein, and Opéra national de Paris.

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 as Gramophone’s Artist of the Year, and has won the prize for symphonic music at the International Classical Music Awards. His most recent releases include discs of Prokofiev suites and the works of Guillaume Connesson with the Brussels Philharmonic, as well as recordings with Lucas and Arthur Jussen and the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, all 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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