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Hilary Hahn and Sounds of Spain

Apr 25 - Apr 27

Hilary Hahn, our 2023–24 Artist-in-Residence, plays Sarasate’s Carmen Fantasy and a fiery modern masterpiece by Ginastera. The rhythms and harmonies of Spain infuse Ravel’s Rapsodie espagnole and his seductive Boléro — as well as Debussy’s Ibéria — with a magnificent variety of orchestral colors. Juanjo Mena conducts.

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Wu Tsai Theater, David Geffen Hall



2 Hours with Intermission

Program to Include


Rapsodie espagnole



Violin Concerto


Carmen Fantasy


Ibéria from Images pour orchestre






Juanjo Mena Conductor

Juanjo Mena began his conducting career in his native Spain as artistic director of the Bilbao Symphony Orchestra in 1999. His uncommon talent was soon recognized internationally, leading to appointments as principal guest conductor of the Bergen Philharmonic and chief guest conductor of the Orchestra del Teatro Carlo Felice in Genoa. In 2011 he was named chief conductor of the BBC Philharmonic, which he led for seven seasons, taking the orchestra on tours of Europe and Asia and conducting annual televised concerts at the Royal Albert Hall as part of the BBC Proms. May 2023 marked Juanjo Mena’s final performances as principal conductor of the Cincinnati May Festival, the longest-running choral festival in North America, concluding his pivotal six-year tenure at the organization, during which he expanded the commissioning of new works and put the community at the heart of the festival. 

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Hilary Hahn Violin

Three-time Grammy Award–winning violinist Hilary Hahn melds expressive musicality and technical expertise with a diverse repertoire guided by artistic curiosity. She is currently artist-in-residence at both the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and London’s Wigmore Hall, and is co-founder and vice president of artistic partnerships of the AI-music initiative Deepmusic.AI. In the 2023–24 season she serves as the NY Phil’s Mary and James G. Wallach Artist-in-Residence, performing concertos by Prokofiev, Ginastera, and Sarasate, and giving an all-Bach recital.

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Lead support for the April 25-27 concerts is provided by GigCapital Global — Dr. Avi Katz and Dr. Raluca Dinu.

Hilary Hahn is The Mary and James G. Wallach Artist-in-Residence.

Major support for these concerts is provided by Michael P. N. A. Hormel.