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& Forsyth

Romantic Encounter

Fri., Feb. 14, 2020
7:30 p.m.

Sat., Feb. 15, 2020
8:00 p.m.

Sun., Feb. 16, 2020
2:30 p.m.

Music Program:
, Le Corsaire Overture
Brahms, Concerto for Violin and Cello in A minor
Copland, Symphony No. 3

John DeMain, Conductor
Pinchas Zukerman, Violin
Amanda Forsyth, Cello

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Prelude Discussion
Enjoy a 30-minute talk by Anders Yocom starting one hour before each concert in Overture Hall. Free to ticketholders.

Pinchas Zukerman & Amanda Forsyth
The Brahms Double

Between the brash phalanx of Berlioz’s swashbuckling brass and the thundering gravitas of Copland’s iconic “Fanfare for the Common Man” (in Symphony No. 3), we welcome Pinchas and Amanda as they reprise their fabulous performance of the Brahms Double Concerto, with which the duo made their Madison Symphony debut in 2001.

“Husband and wife team Pinchas Zukerman and Amanda Forsyth return to recreate their exciting interpretation of the Brahms Double Concerto for violin, cello and orchestra. One of Berlioz’s finest overtures, the exhilarating Le Corsaire opens the concert, and Aaron Copland’s majestic, powerful and lyrical third Symphony, one of Copland’s great masterpieces that includes his fanfare for the common man occupies the 2nd half of this varied and incredible program of great music.” – John DeMain

“Unsurprisingly Zukerman and Forsyth were as one throughout . . . Zukerman’s golden tones in the violin’s lower register with Forsyth’s warm cello sonorities to form a rich tapestry.” – Rodney Smith, The Advertiser (Adelaide, Australia)

“The married duo of violinist Pinchas Zukerman and cellist Amanda Forsyth, longtime partners in both performance and life. With her robust timbre and earthy accents set against his silvery sound, which was ethereal without being silky, they played with obvious relish . . .” – Boston Globe


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Single Tickets: (608) 258-4141
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Sat. 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
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About Pinchas Zukerman

With a celebrated career encompassing five decades, Pinchas Zukerman reigns as one of today’s most sought after and versatile musicians – violin and viola soloist, conductor, and chamber musician.  He is renowned as a virtuoso, admired for the expressive lyricism of his playing, singular beauty of tone, and impeccable musicianship, which can be heard throughout his discography of over 100 albums.  A devoted teacher and champion of young musicians, he has served as chair of the Pinchas Zukerman Performance Program at the Manhattan School of Music for twenty-five years. The 2018-2019 season marks his tenth season as Principal Guest Conductor of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in London and his fourth as Artist-in-Association with the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra in Australia. Zukerman, who initiated the National Arts Centre Institute for Orchestral Studies in Ottawa, an apprentice program for string players, serves as artistic director of the Young Artist Program and returns each summer to teach and lead master classes.  He has taught prominent music educational programs in London, Israel, and China, among others, and was appointed as the first instrumentalist mentor in music of the prestigious Rolex Mentor and Protégé Arts Initiative.

About Amanda Forsyth

Canadian Juno award winning cellist Amanda Forsyth is considered among her peers and critics to be one of the most dynamic cellists on the concert stage today. Describing a recent performance, California’s Ventura County Star raves “In Forsyth’s hands, it was sheer magic.” She has achieved her international reputation as soloist, chamber musician and previously, as principal cellist of both Calgary Philharmonic and Canada’s National Arts Centre Orchestras. Her intense richness of tone, exceptional musicality and passion remind one of the cellists of a former age, and she captivates audiences and critics alike.

Ms. Forsyth has been a soloist on international tours with the Royal Philharmonic, English Chamber Orchestra, Seoul Philharmonic and Israel Philharmonic Orchestras. She has appeared abroad with, among others, Orchestra Radio de France, Lisbon’s Gulbenkian Orchestra, Calgary Philharmonic, Toronto Symphony, National Arts Centre Orchestra, Vancouver Symphony, Luxembourg Philharmonic, Gyeonggi Philharmonic, Teatro San Carlo and Seoul Philharmonic. With multiple tours in Australia, she has performed with Sydney, Perth and Adelaide Symphonies. In the U.S., she has performed with Chicago, Washington National, San Diego, Colorado, San Antonio, Madison, Oregon, New West, Grand Rapids and Dallas Symphonies. Numerous times she has appeared on tour and in St. Petersburg with the Marinsky Orchestra conducted by Valery Gergiev, and made her Carnegie Hall debut with Israel Philharmonic, and Los Angeles Philharmonic debuts with Zubin Mehta.

As a founding member of the Zukerman Chamber Players, Amanda Forsyth has performed in Germany, Israel, Finland, Holland, Switzerland, New Zealand, Turkey and cities such as London, Vienna, Paris, Budapest, Belgrade, Sofia, Bucharest, Dubrovnik, Warsaw, Moscow and Barcelona. As Cellist of the Zukerman Trio, she has played on six continents and participated in prestigious music festivals such as Edinburgh, Miyazaki, Verbier, BBC Proms, Tanglewood, Ravinia, Spring Festival of St. Petersburg, White Nights Festival, La Jolla Summer Fest and Aspen. Her current season includes engagements with Chamber Music Sedona, The 92nd Street Y in New York, Detroit Chamber Music Society, Music Institute of Chicago, Savannah Music Festival, Verbier and Tsinandalli Festivals.

She started her 2019-2020 season with the cello concerto by her father Malcolm Forsyth, “Electra Rising”. Amanda brings Avner Dorman’s Double Concerto written for her and violinist Pinchas Zukerman to Ottawa with the National Arts Centre Orchestra and Tel Aviv with the Israel Philharmonic, having previously performed the world premieres with Adelaide Symphony and Boston Symphonies. Additional engagements this season include performances with Lincoln’s Symphony, Fort Wayne Philharmonic, IRIS Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic, Polish Symphony, Prague Philharmonic and the Dallas Symphony. A second USA tour as guests with The Jerusalem Quartet offering  Sextet repertoire with Pinchas Zukerman is booked throughout the USA.

Amanda is a recording artist on the Sony Classics, Naxos, Altara, Fanfare, ProArte and CBC labels. Her recording of Schubert’s “Trout” Quintet with the Zukerman Chamber Players and Yefim Bronfman was released by SONY in 2008. Her most recent disc features the Brahms Double Concerto with Pinchas Zukerman and the National Arts Centre Orchestra released by Analekta Records.

Born in South Africa, Ms. Forsyth immigrated to Canada as a child and began playing cello at age three. She became a protege of William Pleeth in London and later completed her studies at The Juilliard School with Harvey Shapiro. Her instrument is a rare 1699 cello by Carlo Giuseppe Testore.


Major funding provided by

Marvin J. Levy


Fred and Mary Mohs


Nancy Mohs


David and Kato Perlman

Additional funding provided by

Robert Benjamin and John Fields

Boardman & Clark LLP



Barbara Melchert and Gale Meyer  

with funds from the State of Wisconsin and the National Endowment for the Arts


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