Nicola Benedetti’s 16/17 North American season announced

Nicola Benedetti’s 16/17 North American season announced

For Immediate Release

PRESS RELEASE: Nicola Benedetti’s 2016/17 North American season announced with more dates than ever before

Highlights include:
• U.S. premiere of Wynton Marsalis’ Violin Concerto at Chicago’s Ravinia Festival on 12 July and Westcoast premiere with Los Angeles Philharmonic at the Hollywood Bowl
• Coast-to-Coast tour with the Venice Baroque Orchestra and Andrea Marcon
• 8-date Florida tour with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra (RSNO) and Peter Oundjian
• Subscription debut with San Francisco Symphony and Michael Tilson Thomas
• Return engagements with National Symphony Orchestra in Washington D.C., Detroit Symphony, Toronto Symphony plus New York recital at 92nd Street Y

Nicola Benedetti is one of the most sought after violinists of her generation. Her ability to captivate audiences with her innate musicianship and dynamic presence, coupled with her wide appeal as a high profile advocate for classical music, has made her one of the most influential classical artists of today. She is in much demand with major orchestras and conductors across the globe and this continues across the 2016-2017 season with more dates than ever before in north America.

Benedetti performs multiple times in key territories including Los Angeles with the L.A. Phil and Venice Baroque Orchestra (VBO); San Francisco with San Francisco Symphony and VBO in Berkeley; Toronto with VBO and Toronto Symphony Orchestra and the Washington D.C. area with the National Symphony Orchestra at the John F. Kennedy Center and VBO in Baltimore.

Highlights include the U.S. premiere of Wynton Marsalis’ first Violin Concerto at the Ravinia Festival and a subsequent performance at Hollywood Bowl; a coast-to-coast tour with the Venice Baroque Orchestra and Andrea Marcon, as well as an 8-date tour with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra (RSNO) in Florida.

U.S. premiere of Wynton Marsalis’ first Violin Concerto
Nicola Benedetti gives the American premiere of Wynton Marsalis’ first Violin Concerto at the Ravinia Festival on 12 July with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Written especially for Benedetti, the piece draws inspiration from the violin concerto’s first formation in the Baroque era to the 21st Century, incorporates a slow movement inspired by an African American spiritual and explores Benedetti and Marsalis’ own musical heritage in Scottish folk and American jazz music respectively. It is not only a unique fusion of musical styles from around the world but a celebration and representation of collective cultures embodied in one work. The concerto, which was co-commissioned by Ravinia, the L.A. Phil, the National Symphony Orchestra, Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, Netherlands Radio Philharmonic and the London Symphony Orchestra received its world premiere with the violinist and the LSO under conductor James Gaffigan in London last November. The performance at the festival marks the start of the 80th residency of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and is conducted by Cristian Macelaru. Benedetti gives the Westcoast premiere under Macelaru in her debut performance with the Los Angeles Philharmonic at the iconic Hollywood Bowl on 28 July. Further performances of the concerto include: 27 & 29 October with the National Symphony Orchestra Washington and conductor Christoph Eschenbach and with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra on 1, 2 & 3 June 2017 with conductor James Gaffigan.

Venice Baroque Orchestra Tour: 11 February – 3 March 2017
Benedetti is reunited with conductor Andrea Marcon with whom she has worked regularly and the Venice Baroque Orchestra for a coast-to-coast tour across the U.S. and Canada. Benedetti furthers her passion for the Italian Baroque and historical performance with two programmes including performances of Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons, one of the most seminal works from the classical repertoire. The programmes also include works by Galuppi, Avison, Geminiani, Corelli and Vivaldi. Tour dates include: Purchase College, Purchase, NY (11 Feb); Shriver Hall Concert Series, Baltimore, MD (12 Feb); Tuesday Evening Concert Series, Charlottesville, VA (14 Feb); Harriman-Jewell Series, Kansas City, MO (16 Feb); Center for the Performing Arts, Carmel, IN (18 Feb); University of Notre Dame’s DeBartolo Performing Arts Center, Notre Dame, IN (19 Feb); Norton Center for the Arts, Danville, KY (20 Feb); Friends of Chamber Music, Denver, CO (22 Feb); Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts, UC Davis, Davis, CA (24 Feb); UC Berkeley, Berkeley, CA (25 Feb); Disney Concert Hall, LA (27 Feb) and The Royal Conservatory’s Koerner Hall, Toronto, Canada (3 March).

Royal Scottish National Orchestra (RSNO) Tour: 13 – 26 March
In March Nicola Benedetti joins the RSNO and Music Director Peter Oundjian for 8 dates in Florida to perform Bruch’s Violin Concerto No. 1 in G minor and Brahms’ Violin Concerto, the only violin concerto to be written by Brahms and often considered one of the four great German violin concerti. Dates include: Ft. Lauderdale (13 March); West Palm Beach (14 & 15 March); Sarasota (16 March); Vero Beach (17 March); Gainesville (19 March); Ft. Myers (20 March) and Daytona Beach (22 March).

San Francisco Symphony and Toronto Symphony Orchestra: 25 & 26 March and 21 & 24 June 2017
Benedetti makes her subscription debut in the 2016/17 season with San Francisco Symphony conducted by Michael Tilson Thomas on 25 and 26 March 2017 in a performance of Bruch’s Violin Concerto No. 1 in G minor. On 21 and 24 June 2017 she returns to the Toronto Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Peter Oundjian for two performances of Szymanowski’s Violin Concerto No 2. Benedetti releases an album of the same work with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra and Peter Oundjian in September 2016.

Other U.S. highlights
In July, Benedetti performs Brahms’ Double Concerto alongside cellist Leonard Elschenbroich with the Minnesota Orchestra and conductor Andrew Litton at Orchestra Hall. On 14 July the programme is completed by Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture and 15 July Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 4. For the final two concerts, 16 & 17 July, Benedetti & Elschenbroich also perform Beethoven’s Triple Concerto, for which Litton conducts from the piano. Benedetti performs Korngold’s Violin Concerto in D major at the Grand Teton Music Festival on 22 & 23 July alongside the Festival Orchestra and conductor Donald Runnicles.

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Listings:
Wynton Marsalis Violin Concerto
Chicago Symphony/Cristian Macelaru
Ravinia Festival
12 July 2016

Los Angeles Philharmonic/Cristian Macelaru
Hollywood Bowl
28 July 2016

National Symphony Orchestra/Christoph Eschenbach
Kennedy Center, Washington, D.C. – 27 & 29 October 2016

Brahms Double Concerto & Beethoven Triple Concerto
Minnesota Orchestra/Andrew Litton/Leonard Elschenbroich
Orchestra Hall
14, 15, 16 & 17 July 2016

Korngold’s Violin Concerto in D major
Grand Teton Festival Orchestra/Donald Runnicles
Grand Teton Music Festival
22 & 23 July 2016

Vivaldi with Venice Baroque Orchestra/Andrea Marcon
Purchase College, Purchase, NY – 11 February 2017 **
Shriver Hall Concert Series, Baltimore, MD – 12 February 2017 **
Tuesday Evening Concert Series, Charlottesville, VA – 14 February 2017 **
Harriman-Jewell Series, Kansas City, MO – 16 February 2017 *
Center for the Performing Arts, Carmel, IN 18 February 2017 **
University of Notre Dame’s DeBartolo Performing Arts Center, Notre Dame, IN – 19 February 2017 *
Norton Center for the Arts, Danville, KY – 20 February 2017 **
Friends of Chamber Music, Denver, CO – 22 February 2017
Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts, UC Davis, Davis, CA – 24 February 2017 **
UC Berkeley, Berkeley, CA – 25 February 2017
Disney Concert Hall, Los Angeles, CA – 27 February 2017 **
The Royal Conservatory’s Koerner Hall, Toronto, Canada – 3 March 2017 **

* Vivaldi Program 1 (Refer above)
Galuppi Concerto a quattro No..2 in G major
Avison Concerto grosso No.8 in E minor, after Scarlatti
Geminiani Concerto grosso for strings in D minor, “La Follia”
Vivaldi Concerto in D major for violin, strings and basso continuo, RV211
Corelli Concerto grosso in D major, Op. VI, No.4
Vivaldi Concerto in E flat major for violin, strings and basso continuo, RV 257
Vivaldi Concerto in B minor for violin, strings and basso continuo, RV386
Vivaldi Concerto in D major for violin, strings and basso continuo, “Il Grosso Mogul”, RV208

** Vivaldi Program 2 (Refer above)
Galuppi Concerto a quattro No.2 in G major
Avison Concerto grosso No.8 in E minor, after Scarlatti
Geminiani Concerto grosso for strings in D minor, “La Follia”
Vivaldi Concerto in D major for violin, strings and basso continuo, RV211
Vivaldi The Four Seasons

Brahms Violin Concerto
RSNO/Peter Oundjian
Broward Center for the Performing Arts, Ft. Lauderdale – 13 March 2017
Kravis Center, West Palm Beach – 14 & 15 March 2017 [Bruch Violin Concerto No. 1 in G minor, 15 March 2017]
Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, Sarasota – 16 March 2017
Community Church, Vero Beach – 17 March 2017
Phillips Center for the Performing Arts, Gainesville – 19 March 2017
Mann Performing Arts Hall, Ft. Myers – 20 March 2017
Peabody Auditorium, Daytona Beach – 22 March 2017

Bruch’s Violin Concerto No. 1 in G minor
San Francisco Symphony/Michael Tilson Thomas
Davies Symphony Hall
25 & 26 March 2017

Wynton Marsalis Violin Concerto
Detroit Symphony Orchestra/James Gaffigan
Max Fischer Music Center
1, 2 & 3 June 2017

Szymanowski Violin Concerto No. 2
Toronto Symphony Orchestra/Peter Oundjian
Roy Thomson Hall
21 & 24 June 2017