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Gil Shaham Plays Tchaikovsky

Fri., Jan. 19, 2018, 7:30 p.m.
Sat., Jan. 20, 2018, 8 p.m.
Sun., Jan. 21, 2018, 2:30 p.m.

An international star among celebrity violinists, Gil Shaham’s long awaited debut with the Madison Symphony Orchestra comes in a rousing program of three of the most popular and beloved Russian composers of all time.

Music Program

Prokofiev | The Love for Three Oranges Suite
Tchaikovsky | Violin Concerto
Rachmaninoff | Symphony No. 3


John DeMain, Conductor
Gil Shaham, Violin

About Gil Shaham

Declared “the outstanding American violinist of his generation” by Time Magazine, Gil Shaham is one of the foremost violinists of our time: his flawless technique combined with his inimitable warmth and generosity of spirit has solidified his renown as an American master. The Grammy Award-winner, also named Musical America’s “Instrumentalist of the Year,” is sought after throughout the world for concerto appearances with leading orchestras and conductors, and regularly gives recitals and appears with ensembles on the world’s great concert stages and at the most prestigious festivals.
Gil Shaham already has more than two dozen concerto and solo CDs to his name, including bestsellers that have ascended the record charts in the U.S. and abroad. These recordings have earned prestigious awards, including multiple Grammys, a Grand Prix du Disque, Diapason d’Or, and Gramophone's "Editor’s Choice." His recent recordings are issued on the Canary Classics label, which he founded in 2004.
“Shaham’s tone is clear and sweet, and he plays with quiet but unmistakable ardor. There is a seamless flow to his performance, a sense of propulsion fueled by both thoughtful concentration and a willingness to let the music take flight.”
—Toronto Star

Read the Program Notes

Read more about the music you'll hear live at the Symphony!

Prelude Discussion

Enjoy a 30-minute talk by music experts starting one hour before each concert in Overture Hall. Free to ticketholders.
January speaker: Randal Swiggum


Major funding
provided by

Irving and Dorothy Levy Family Foundation, Inc.

Kenneth A. Lattman Foundation, Inc.

Marilyn and Jim Ebben

Dr. Stanley and Shirley Inhorn

Kato L. Perlman

Cyrena and Lee Pondrom

Additional funding
provided by

James and Joan Johnston

von Briesen & Roper, s.c.

Wisconsin Arts Board funding comes with funds from the State of Wisconsin and the National Endowment for the Arts.


"I am pleased to sponsor this concert with Gil Shaham, one of my absolute favorite artists. He is not only one of today’s leading musicians and violinists, but he is also a charming and wonderful human being. I'll never forget his breathtaking performance of the Bruch Violin Concerto No. 1 many years ago, and I have been hoping for a chance to hear another live performance with him."
"We are delighted to have the chance to sponsor Gil Shaham for our Madison friends, because we have had the privilege of enjoying his outstanding performances at the Aspen Music Festival for years. We have been hoping for his scheduling with the Madison Symphony Orchestra. He has world class talent."