Jonathan Leshnoff’s Premiere with Gil Shaham and The Knights

The Knights premiere Leshnoff concerto with Gil Shaham at Shriver Hall

“…Chamber Concerto for Violin and Orchestra by Baltimore-based Jonathan Leshnoff, received its world premiere Sunday evening. The piece certainly had a great launch, thanks to exceptional violinist Gil Shaham and the adventurous orchestral collective from New York called The Knights.

“The first of its two movements, titled after the fifth letter of the Hebrew alphabet, is built around an exquisite song for the violin that rises and falls with an elegant arc that Erich Korngold or Samuel Barber would surely have admired. There is a radiance to this music, tinged with something like nostalgia, something bittersweet.”

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