World-renowned violinist Leila Josefowicz will return to Raleigh to collaborate with the North Carolina Symphony and Resident Conductor William Henry Curry in performances on October 22, 2009 at Pinecrest High School’s Lee Auditorium in Southern Pines and on October 23 & 24 at downtown Raleigh’s Progress Energy Center for the Performing Arts. All three concerts begin at 8pm.
Josefowicz, who the London Observer hails as “a world-class player,” joins the orchestra in John Adams’s challenging Violin Concerto – a work that the accomplished soloist has perfected over the course of her career. “She is a phenomenal musician regardless of what she is playing but she really owns this work, “says Vice President for Artistic Operations Scott Freck.
Performing at Carnegie Hall for the first time at the age of 16, Josefowicz is a musical protégé who became a phenomenally accomplished player. She infuses her music with a fiery passion and modern flair that both thrills audiences and impresses conductors. Music Director Grant Llewellyn says “her unmatched abilities in the modern genre make this a truly fantastic pairing.” The program will also feature Chadwick’s Jubilee from Symphonic Sketches and Berlioz’s Symphonie fantastique.
Josefowicz is undoubtedly up to the challenge of a solo that spans an astonishing 32 minutes. The violinist requires “feats of focus and strength,” says composer John Adams. The Symphony looks forward to working with Ms. Josefowicz once again.