Live from Lincoln Center: Gil Shaham and Orpheus at the Penthouse

Thu, 11/20/2008 - 9:00pm
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Violinist Gil Shaham

J. Henry Fair

Live from Lincoln Center: Gil Shaham and Orpheus at the Penthouse, airing Thursday, November 20 at 8 p.m. on WXXI-HD (cable 1011 and DT 21.1) and 9 p.m. on WXXI-TV 21 (cable 11), presents celebrated violinist Gil Shaham’s performance of music by composer Pablo de Sarasate, broadcast from Lincoln Center’s intimate Stanley H. Kaplan Penthouse. A composer best known for infusing Spanish themes into the classical music of the Romantic period, Sarasate was an accomplished violinist who wrote grandiose pieces for his instrument. Shaham will perform Sarasate’s works with New York City’s highly respected and widely acclaimed Orpheus Chamber Orchestra.

Shaham was brought up in Israel, where he began violin studies at age seven with grants from the America-Israel Foundation. He took first prize in Israel’s Claremont Competition before reaching his teen years, and became a scholarship student at Juilliard shortly afterward in 1982. In 1990, he was awarded Lincoln Center’s distinguished Avery Fisher Career Grant. Among his more than two dozen concerto and solo CDs are a number of best-sellers that have earned high-profile awards, including multiple Grammy® Awards, a Grand Prix du Disque, a Diapason d’or and a Gramophone Editor’s Choice. In addition, Shaham founded his own record label in 2004, Canary Classics, which has a growing discography that includes The Prokofiev Album and The Butterfly Lovers/Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto with the Singapore Symphony.

The Grammy® Award-winning Orpheus Chamber Orchestra is internationally renowned for its fine artistry and distinctive approach to music-making, with a performing and recording legacy spanning 35 years. Performing with many of today’s most dynamic and esteemed soloists, Orpheus presents an annual Carnegie Hall concert series that illuminates both classic orchestral repertoire and new works by contemporary composers. Noted by critics and audiences alike for their unsurpassed energy, sensitivity and connection to listeners, Orpheus is considered one of New York’s cultural treasures.