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Gil Shaham’s summer plans include touring with the National Youth Orchestra

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Much of violinist Gil Shaham’s summer will be spent on a eight-city tour with the National Youth Orchestra of the USA (NYO-USA). This ensemble was launched by Carnegie Hall last year and consists of 120 outstanding musicians from across the country, all aged between sixteen and nineteen, They will be conducted by David Robertson (who happens to be Shaham’s brother-in-law). At all concerts Shaham will perform Benjamin Britten’s Opus 15, composed between 1938 and 1939 and one of the compositions included on Shaham’s most recent recording, the first volume in a series he calls 1930s Violin Concertos. Specifics of the tour are as follows:

  1. July 20, Purchase, New York: Performing Arts Center, Purchase College
  2. July 22, New York, New York: Carnegie Hall
  3. July 24, Lennox, Massachusetts: Tanglewood Music Festival
  4. July 26, Boone, New York: Schaefer Center for the Performing Arts
  5. July 28, Chicago, Illinois: Grant Park Music Festival
  6. July 30, Teton Village, Wyoming: Grand Teton Music Festival
  7. August 2, Rohnert Park, California: Sonoma State University
  8. August 4, Los Angeles, California: Walt Disney Concert Hall

Shaham will also perform another selection from this album, Samuel Barber’s violin concerto, when he returns to the Tanglewood Music Festival on August 8. On that occasion he will play with the Boston Symphony Orchestra conducted by Leonard Slatkin. He will also perform two “1930s violin concertos,” whose recordings for Shaham’s project have not yet been released. With Slatkin conducting the Los Angeles Philharmonic, he will play Sergei Prokofiev’s Opus 63 concerto in G minor (his second), written in 1935. That performance will take place at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles on August 12. In addition, prior to the NYO-USA tour, on July 5, Shaham will be at the Aspen Music Festival in Colorado to perform Béla Bartók’s second violin concerto with Robert Spano conducting the Aspen Chamber Symphony.

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