GIL SHAHAM, ADELE ANTHONY, AND ORPHEUS CHAMBER ORCHESTRA TO APPEAR ON 'LIVE FROM LINCOLN CENTER'

11.20.08
Adele Anthony, Gil Shaham

TUNE IN TO PBS-TELEVISION TONIGHT AT 8:00 PM (EST) FOR GIL SHAHAM’S TRIBUTE TO LEGENDARY SPANISH VIOLINIST AND COMPOSER PABLO DE SARASATE ON LIVE FROM LINCOLN CENTER  (CHECK LOCAL LISTINGS)

Violinist Gil Shaham observes the hundredth anniversary of Spanish composer and violinist Pablo de Sarasate (1844-1908) with a Live from Lincoln Center concert and television broadcast tonight from the intimate Stanley H. Kaplan Penthouse at New York’s Lincoln Center  (check local listings).  

Shaham will be joined by pianist Jonathan Feldman, violinist Adele Anthony, and the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra in a performance of some the composer’s most captivating and seductive music (program details below).  Sarasate’s songful music is especially favored by string players like Shaham, who comments:

“I really love Sarasate’s music – his pieces were always humble, but the writing is full of imagination and melody, impeccably clean and concise.

“Sarasate was deeply respected as a violinist, and many great composers dedicated works to him – Saint-Saëns, Bruch, Lalo. He was a pioneer from the Basque country and the first to take the rich music and dance of the Spanish vernaculars to the concert stage.  Our show will give a sampling of each of his three favored genres – Spanish dances, opera transcriptions, and original compositions.  I really hope people will like what they hear!”

Shaham discusses the unexpected connections between Sarasate and Edward Elgar in detail in a Q & A at: Playbill Arts.com.   Gil Shaham’s new recording of Elgar’s Violin Concerto with David Zinman and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra was released on his Canary Classics label this month.

WHAT: Live From Lincoln Center: A celebration of Pablo de Sarasate (1844-1908) WHO: Gil Shaham and Friends
WHERE: on PBS, Thursday, November 20 at 8 pm (EST – check local listings)
PROGRAM (partial; subject to change):
Zapateado, Op. 23, No. 2
Zortzico “Adiós Montañas Mías”, Op. 37
Caprice Basque, Op. 24
Romanza andaluza, Op. 22, No. 1
Concert Fantasy on themes from Mozart’s Magic Flute, Op. 54
Zigeunerweisen, Op. 20
Navarra for two violins, Op. 33
Introduction and Gavotte from Thomas’s Mignon, Op. 16