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Superstar Violinist Finally Makes it to Austin

March 12, 2014
  • Who: Austin Symphony orchestra
  • What: Gil Shaham, violin
  • When: April 4 & 5, 2014 - 8:00 p.m.
  • Where: Dell Hall, Long Center for the Performing Arts, 701 W. Riverside Dr.
  • Cost: $19 - $56

Maestro Peter Bay and the ASO invite concertgoers for “Your Night Out” as they continue the 103rd season of classical concerts with performances of works by Liszt, Korngold and Dvořák. World-renowned violinist Gil Shaham makes his Austin Symphony debut on Friday and Saturday, April 4th & 5th in Dell Hall at the Long Center for the Performing Arts. These concerts are proudly sponsored by ConocoPhillips.

Liszt – Les préludes
Korngold – Violin Concerto in D Major, Op. 35
Dvořák – Symphony No. 7 in D Minor, Op. 70

Maestro Peter Bay and the ASO began the evening with a performance of Franz Liszt’s Les préludes. The third of Liszt’s thirteen symphonic poems, Les préludes is the most popular. The title refers to an ode by Alphonse de Lamartine and it is the earliest example of an orchestral work that was performed as “symphonic poem.”

American violinist Gil Shaham then takes the stage for Eric Korngold’s only violin concerto, the Concerto in D Major. This is the first time Mr. Shaham has performed with the Austin Symphony Orchestra. An Avery Fisher Prize winner, Gil Shaham is one of the foremost violinists of our time, whose combination of flawless technique with inimitable warmth and generosity of spirit has solidified his legacy as an American master. Named Musical America’s “Instrumentalist of the Year,” Shaham is sought after throughout the world for concerto appearances with leading orchestras and conductors, and regularly gives recitals and ensemble appearances on the great concert stages and at the most prestigious festivals.

After a brief intermission, the ASO returns to present the Seventh Symphony of Antonín Dvořák. Dvořák was a Czech composer. Following the nationalist example of Bedřich Smetana, Dvořák frequently employed features of the folk music of Moravia and his native Bohemia (then parts of the Austrian Empire and now constituting the Czech Republic). Dvořák’s own style has been described as ‘the fullest recreation of a national idiom with that of the symphonic tradition, absorbing folk influences and finding effective ways of using them.’

Tickets for Gil Shaham with the Austin Symphony range from $19 to $56. Student rush tickets are also available 20 minutes prior to performance for $5 cash and current student ID (subject to availability). Charge tickets online at where you will find seating maps, price options and a wealth of concert information. Tickets are also available at the Austin Symphony Box Office, 11th and Red River or call 476-6064 or 1-888-4-MAESTRO (toll-free).