Wynton Marsalis’s Blues Symphony

Cristian Macelaru - Conductor

Leonidas Kavakos - Violin


Shostakovich - Violin Concerto No. 1

INTERMISSION - Intermission

Marsalis - Blues Symphony

Thursday, December 12, 2019

7:30 pm Verizon Hall
Pulitzer Prize-winner Wynton Marsalis switches from jazz band to symphony orchestra for his Blues Symphony. “Blues is affirmation with absolute elegance,” says Marsalis, and he uses the classic 12-bar musical form as the basis for this work, which celebrates all types of American and African-American music, from spirituals to ragtime, from marches to bluegrass. This Philadelphia premiere is conducted by our long-time friend Cristian Macelaru. Shostakovich's emotional First Violin Concerto reveals the pure power and technical prowess of orchestra and soloist. Leonidas Kavakos, “a marvel of exactitude” (The Philadelphia Inquirer), describes the dialogues between the two as “absolutely breathtaking.”
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