Sublime Violin & Journeys
Venue: Overture Hall
Friday, Oct. 14, 2022
Saturday, Oct. 15, 2022
Sunday, Oct. 16, 2022
Subscriptions available now!
Single tickets $20-$98
On sale August 20, 2022 through the Overture Center Box Office
I cannot imagine the Barber Violin Concerto more beautifully played than what we anticipate from James Ehnes. Mendelssohn takes us on a Scottish journey with his great third symphony and Strauss’ great tone poem will take us on a spiritual journey as well. Three major works on the same program! — John DeMain, Music Director
Run Time: 2 hours, plus 20 minute intermission
Richard Strauss, Death and Transfiguration
Samuel Barber, Violin Concerto
Felix Mendelssohn, Symphony No. 3 in A minor
Program Notes will be available in August 2022
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…the interplay between Mr. DeMain and Mr. Ehnes was truly an aural and visual delight.
A violinist in a class of his own.
I was awestruck by James Ehnes’ ability! The encore left me breathless.
Meet the Performers
Thank You To Our Generous Sponsors!
Marvin J. Levy
Major funding provided by
Kenneth A. Lattman Foundation, Inc.
Additional funding provided by
James Ehnes has established himself as one of the most sought-after violinists on the international stage. Gifted with a rare combination of stunning virtuosity, serene lyricism and an unfaltering musicality, Ehnes is a favourite guest of many of the world’s most respected conductors including Ashkenazy, Alsop, Sir Andrew Davis, Denève, Elder, Ivan Fischer, Gardner, Paavo Järvi, Mena, Noseda, Robertson and Runnicles. Ehnes’s long list of orchestras includes, amongst others, the Boston, Chicago, London, NHK and Vienna Symphony Orchestras, the Los Angeles, New York, Munich and Czech Philharmonic Orchestras, and the Cleveland, Philadelphia, Philharmonia and DSO Berlin orchestras.
Recent orchestral highlights include the MET Orchestra at Carnegie Hall with Noseda, Gewandhausorchester Leipzig with Shelley, San Francisco Symphony with Janowski, Frankfurt Radio Symphony with Orozco-Estrada, London Symphony with Harding, and Munich Philharmonic with van Zweden, as well as his debut with the London Philharmonic Orchestra at the Lincoln Center in spring 2019. In 2019/20, Ehnes was Artist in Residence with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, which included performances of the Elgar Concerto with Luisi, a play/direct programme leg by Ehnes, and a chamber music programme. In 2017, Ehnes premiered the Aaron-Jay Kernis Violin Concerto with the Toronto, Seattle and Dallas Symphony Orchestras, and gave further performances of the piece with the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester and Melbourne Symphony Orchestra.
Ehnes began violin studies at the age of five, became a protégé of the noted Canadian violinist Francis Chaplin aged nine, and made his orchestra debut with L’Orchestre symphonique de Montréal aged 13. He continued his studies with Sally Thomas at the Meadowmount School of Music and The Juilliard School, winning the Peter Mennin Prize for Outstanding Achievement and Leadership in Music upon his graduation in 1997. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada and in 2010 was appointed a Member of the Order of Canada. Ehnes was awarded the 2017 Royal Philharmonic Society Award in the Instrumentalist category.
James Ehnes plays the “Marsick” Stradivarius of 1715.