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Pictures at an Exhibition

Fri., Feb. 15, 2019, 7:30 p.m.
Sat., Feb. 16, 2019, 8:00 p.m.
Sun., Feb. 17, 2019, 2:30 p.m.

Mussorgsky’s masterpiece explores the colors of the orchestra — the correlation of an artist’s visual medium through the colors of sound and music. And its finale “The Great Gate of Kiev,” is one of classical music's greatest hits. James Ehnes is a violinist who is completely to my taste. With an absolutely gorgeous sound and consummate technique, he goes to the heart of the music. He will approach the Brahms violin concerto as a violinist’s violinist, adored by the public, by his colleagues and by me, for the integrity in his playing. We celebrate the 80th birthday of the internationally-renowned (and Madison resident) composer John Harbison, with the first performance by the MSO of his delightful composition, "The Most Often Used Chords." — John DeMain
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Music Program

Harbison | The Most Often Used Chords
Brahms | Violin Concerto
Mussorgsky/Ravel | Pictures at an Exhibition

Featuring

John DeMain, Conductor
James Ehnes, Violin

About James Ehnes

James Ehnes has established himself as one of the foremost violinists of his generation. Ehnes’s long list of orchestras includes, amongst others, the Boston, Chicago, Cleveland, Philadelphia, Los Angeles, Pittsburgh, New York, London Symphony, Philharmonia, BBC Philharmonic, Czech Philharmonic, DSO Berlin and the NHK Symphony orchestras.
Ehnes has an extensive discography and has won many awards for his recordings including a Gramophone Award for his live recording of the Elgar Concerto with Sir Andrew Davis and the Philharmonia Orchestra. His recording of the Korngold, Barber and Walton violin concertos won a Grammy Award for ‘Best Instrumental Soloist Performance’ and a JUNO award for ‘Best Classical Album of the Year’.
Ehnes graduated from The Juilliard School in 1997, winning the Peter Mennin Prize for Outstanding Achievement and Leadership in Music. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada and in 2010 was appointed a Member of the Order of Canada. He is the Artistic Director of the Seattle Chamber Music Society.
“Ehnes' technique is unfalteringly secure and his tone gleaming.”
New York Classical Review

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