Works by three composers on the Princeton Symphony program

VIRTUOSO VIOLIN: Stefan Jackiw is the soloist of the Princeton Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Rossen Milanov, at the Richardson Auditorium on May 7 and 8. (Photo by Sangwood Lee)

On Saturday, May 7 at 8 p.m. and Sunday, May 8 at 4 p.m., the Princeton Symphony Orchestra (PSO) presents its Milanov & Jackiw concert with violin virtuoso Stefan Jackiw. Jackiw performs Erich Wolfgang Korngold’s lush Violin Concerto in D Major, Op. 35 on the program with Gabriela Lena Frank’s Elegia Andina and the “Scottish” Symphony No. 3 in A minor, Op. 56. Edward T. Cone’s musical director, Rossen Milanov, conducts both concerts at the Richardson Auditorium in Alexander Hall, on the campus of Princeton University.

Milanov and Jackiw are no strangers, having performed with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra in 2015, the RTV Slovenia Symphony Orchestra in 2019, and most recently with the Columbus Symphony Orchestra last October. Milanov invited the violinist to play with the PSO in March 2020, but this performance was preempted by the pandemic. Milanov said: “I am so happy to finally be able to collaborate with Stefan Jackiw here with the Princeton Symphony Orchestra in such an intimate setting as the Richardson Auditorium. His intelligent and virtuoso interpretation of the Korngold concerto is not to be missed.

Jackiw is one of America’s greatest violinists, captivating audiences with a playing that combines poetry and purity with impeccable technique. He has performed as a soloist with the Boston, Chicago, Cleveland, New York, Philadelphia and San Francisco symphony orchestras, among others. During the 2021-2022 season, highlights include performances with the NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchestra and Alan Gilbert, and with the Orchester National de Lyon under Nikolaj Znaider. Born to physicist parents of Korean and German descent, he started playing the violin at the age of four. His teachers have included Zinaida Gilels, Michèle Auclair and Donald Weilerstein. He holds a Bachelor of Arts from Harvard University, as well as an Artist Diploma from the New England Conservatory, and is the recipient of a prestigious Avery Fisher Career Fellowship. Jackiw plays a violin made in 1750 in Milan by GB Guadagnini, generously loaned from a private collection.

Leading the concert program is contemporary composer Gabriela Lena Frank Elegia Andina (Andean Elegy), written in 2020. Frank’s work explores what it means to be of multiple ethnic beliefs. Erich Wolfgang Korngold’s Violin Concerto was dedicated to Alma Mahler, widow of his childhood mentor Gustav Mahler, and Felix Mendelssohn’s “Scottish” Symphony was inspired by the composer’s visit to the ruined chapel of the castle of Holyrood near Edinburgh, Scotland.

Both concerts take place at the home of the orchestra of Richardson Auditorium, on the campus of Princeton University. All attendees are required to wear masks at all times inside the building, be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, and must have received boosters, if eligible.

Tickets for performances on May 7 and 8 at Richardson Auditorium start at $20, youth (ages 5-17) are half price and can be ordered at princetonsymphony.org or by calling (609) 497-0020.

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