Ehnes Plays Mendelssohn
with James Ehnes, guest artist
James Ehnes, violin and conductor
Vaughan Williams — The Lark Ascending
Tchaikovsky — Serenade for Strings
Mendelssohn — Violin Concerto in E Minor
Violinist James Ehnes returns to Naples to play Vaughan Williams' The Lark Ascending and Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto as well as lead the orchestra in a performance of Tchaikovsky’s Serenade for Strings.
Please note that there will not be a pre-concert Prelude prior to the performance.
To ensure the health and safety of our patrons, Artis—Naples has established procedures for your visit to the Kimberly K. Querrey and Louis A. Simpson Cultural Campus. All patrons will be required to wear a face mask and have their temperature taken when they arrive at Artis—Naples. Please review our COVID-19 Protocols for detailed guidance about our enhanced safety protocols.
As a thank you for their service, a select number of complimentary tickets for first responders are being held for this performance. For more information or to request these complimentary tickets please contact patron services at 239-597-1900.
Founded in 1982, the Naples Philharmonic normally performs over 140 orchestral and chamber concerts, as well as opera and ballet, education, community and special event concerts from September through June each year.
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James Ehnes has established himself as one of the most sought-after violinists on the international stage. Gifted with a rare combination of stunning virtuosity, serene lyricism and an unfaltering musicality, Ehnes is a favorite guest of many of the world’s most respected conductors including Vladimir Ashkenazy, Marin Alsop, Andrew Davis, Stéphane Denève, Mark Elder, Iván Fischer, Edward Gardner, Paavo Järvi, Juanjo Mena, Gianandrea Noseda, David Robertson and Donald Runnicles. Ehnes’s long list of orchestras he has worked with include the Boston, Chicago, London, NHK and Vienna symphony orchestras, the Los Angeles, New York, Munich and Czech philharmonic orchestras, and the Cleveland, Philadelphia, Philharmonia and DSO Berlin orchestras.
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic and subsequent closure of concert halls, Ehnes announced the launch of a new online recital series entitled ‘Recitals from Home’ in June 2020. Ehnes recorded the six Bach Sonatas and Partitas and six Sonatas of Ysaÿe from his home with state-of-the-art recording equipment and released six episodes over the period of two months. These recordings have been met with great critical acclaim by audiences worldwide and Ehnes was described by Le Devoir as being "at the absolute forefront of the streaming evolution."
Recent orchestral highlights include the MET Orchestra at Carnegie Hall with Gianandrea Noseda, Gewandhausorchester Leipzig with Alexander Shelley, San Francisco Symphony with Marek Janowski, Frankfurt Radio Symphony with Andrés Orozco-Estrada, London Symphony with Daniel Harding and Munich Philharmonic with Jaap van Zweden. In 2017, Ehnes premiered the Aaron-Jay Kernis Violin Concerto with the Toronto, Seattle and Dallas symphony orchestras, and gave further performances of the piece with the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester and Melbourne Symphony Orchestra. Throughout the 2020-21 season, Ehnes is named as Artist in Residence with the National Arts Centre of Canada.
Ehnes plays the “Marsick” Stradivarius of 1715.
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